San Francisco State University -- August 19, 2003
Group of freshmen enter SFSU at head of class as Presidential
Twenty-five top freshmen receive four-year scholarship worth up
Students with dreams of becoming doctors, lawyers, journalists and
filmmakers were recently tapped to lead the San Francisco State University
freshman class as Presidential Scholars.
The total value of the scholarship for each student is about $17,000
over four years. It is the University’s most distinguished academic
award for first-time freshmen.
The 25 students are among the more than 2,000 first-time freshmen at
SFSU this fall. Students in the Presidential Scholars program receive
support for up to eight semesters of full tuition fees, aid for housing
and textbooks, and priority course registration. They also take two
general education courses together as a freshman cohort and attend special
seminars and cultural events to develop academic skills and expand their
Students in this year’s incoming class of Presidential Scholars
are: Caroline Allen of Folsom, Winnie Chow of Daly City, Dashiell Collins
of Newport Beach, Christopher DeCarlo of San Pablo, Evie Fong of San
Francisco, Davina and Simin Jones of El Granada, Courtney Leslie of
Belmont, Erin O’Donnell of Citrus Heights, Elizabeth Papp of San
Jose, Wendy Pei of Chino Hills, Tiffany Poyadue of Oakley, Joseph Price
of Bonita, Jessica Quan of San Carlos, Heather Riggall of Vallejo, Adam
Sawyer of Palm Springs, Karen Schlesser of Stockton, Sara Shayesteh
of Foster City, David Tabari of Tarzana, Sachiko Tahara of Folsom, Mirna
Tarazi of Fremont, Joanne Ticsay of Daly City, Derek Waterman of Suisun
City, and Sierra Zumwalt of Cambria.
Admission to the Presidential Scholars program is based on academic
and personal achievement, extracurricular activities in high school
and the community, leadership potential and the ability to express oneself
effectively. It is open to first-time freshmen and California residents
only. Most applicants have a grade-point average of 3.8 or higher and
an SAT score of 1100 or higher.
Since SFSU President Robert A. Corrigan founded the program in 1995,
many of its graduates have gone on to successful careers and prestigious
graduate schools such as UCLA and Stanford University. Nick Krautter
has started his own flourishing musician management company. Nelly Lau
recently received a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship
in electrical engineering ? one of only 46 awarded in the nation ? and
enters Stanford’s doctoral program in electrical engineering this
fall. John Dilley and Kit Fox became close friends and made a short
film that screened at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.
“I always enjoy getting to know the Presidential Scholars,”
Corrigan said. “They are the cream of the crop ? an enthusiastic,
bright and diverse group who are easily the equal of their peers at
the nation’s most prestigious universities. We are delighted to
be able to provide them with ample financial support and participation
in culturally enriching activities. We are proud that they have chosen
to attend San Francisco State.”
The Presidential Scholars program is funded by million-dollar gifts
from the Bernard Osher Foundation and Evergreen group founder and Chairman
Y.F. Chang, as well as other smaller donations. The University recently
received an additional $100,000 from Chairman Chang to provide housing
assistance for students in their first year.
For details on the SFSU Presidential Scholars program, call (415) 338-2789
or visit: www.sfsu.edu/~scholars.
One of the largest campuses in the California State University system,
SFSU was founded in 1899 and today is a highly diverse, comprehensive,
public and urban university.
NOTE: To arrange interviews with any of the Presidential Scholars, contact
Matt Itelson of the SFSU Office of Public Affairs at (415) 338-1743