Campus: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo -- July 9, 2003
Cal Poly Student Among Six Honored by CSU For
Achievement, Service, Overcoming Obstacles
A Cal Poly engineering student is among six students who will receive
The California State University's 2003-2004 William R. Hearst/CSU Trustees’
Award for Outstanding Achievement, which honors students for an exceptional
combination of academics, community service and character.
Anthony L. DeFont, a mechanical engineering senior from Sonora, will
be honored at a meeting of the CSU Board of Trustees in Long Beach along
with the five other winners, each from a different CSU campus. Each
received a $3,000 scholarship.
Selection for the systemwide award is based on financial need, superior
academic performance and outstanding volunteer community service as
well as having overcome profound personal challenges to achieve academic
DeFont is a dean's list scholar who was raised by relatives when his
single mother was in jail and, later, killed in a random shooting. Developing
a strong work ethic and sense of service, he became a leader at Cal
Poly. He chairs the American Society of Mechanical Engineers student
chapter and serves as an officer in three other campus clubs. Almost
single-handedly, he helped revive Pi Tau Sigma, an engineering honor
He has also worked widely in the community, serving at the local animal
shelter, participating in beach cleanups, and helping at senior-citizen
events. Through his efforts, a community service requirement was added
to the membership standards of Pi Tau Sigma.
DeFont's interests include biomechanical engineering and business administration.
He interned at Abbott Vascular Devices, working with vascular stents
(small, expandable wire-mesh tubes inserted into arteries to keep the
blood passages open), and hopes to establish his own engineering firm.
The awards are funded by personal contributions from members of the
CSU Board of Trustees and an endowment created by the Hearst Foundation.
Since its inception in 1974, the award has honored 92 students.
Contact: Bob Anderson (805) 756-1511 firstname.lastname@example.org