Campus: CSU San Marcos -- May 27, 2003
New Cal State San Marcos Scholarship Program Supports
Region's Most Promising Students
Cal State San Marcos has introduced a new merit-based scholarship program
designed to encourage the region's most promising students to continue
their education, while becoming active participants on the campus and
in the community.
The Presidential Scholars Program, which was kicked off during the recent
University Ball, provides selected entering freshmen with financial
support valued at $13,000 that covers fees, books, and living expenses
(equivalent to room and board at University Village).
"With the creation of the Presidential Scholars Program, we can
recognize those high achieving students who are making a conscious choice
to study at Cal State San Marcos," explained Francine Martinez,
vice president of student affairs. "The President's Scholars Program
provides us the opportunity to support the continued outstanding work
of these students at the university."
Eligible students must meet rigorous selection criteria. Freshmen applicants
must have graduated from a California high school, and have a 3.75 grade
point average (or be in the top five percent of their graduating class.
They must also be fully eligible for admission to the California University
System. Demonstrated leadership in school and in the community will
also be considered. Transfer students from California community colleges
will be considered, depending on availability of funding.
Applicants for the 2002-2003 Presidential Scholarship Program must have
already applied and been accepted by Cal State San Marcos.
Selected Presidential Scholars will be asked to contribute to the university
through outreach efforts with local middle and high schools, attendance
at community functions with the university president, service on university
planning committees, and/or serving in a student leadership role on
Currently, one four-year Presidential Scholarship has been funded, and
an endowment in being created to support the continuation of the program.
During the 2003 University Ball, held March 15 at the Del Mar Country
Club, approximately $53,600 was raised for the scholarship during a
special live auction. This funding goes directly to the inaugural scholarship.
More information about supporting the Presidential Scholarship Program
is available by calling
760/750-4409. More information about Presidential Scholarship eligibility
is available at www.csusm.edu/finaid/scholarship/ps.htm.