Campus: CSU, Hayward -- September 1, 1999

Wallis Foundation Gives University Funds for Presidential Scholarships

A foundation established by Hollywood producer Hal Wallis, whose films include "Casablanca," "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral," and "Blue Hawaii," has contributed $10,000 to the Presidential Scholars program at California State University, Hayward.

The Wallis Foundation gift will fund 10 of the $2,000 awards given annually to presidential scholars at Cal State Hayward because the university provides matching funds for this program.

Presidential scholars are chosen annually from graduating high school seniors accepted at Cal State Hayward as freshmen. Selection is based on high academic achievement, and presidential scholars who maintain the required grade point average in college can continue to receive the scholarship awards throughout their four years of undergraduate study.

The Presidential Scholars program, initiated by CSUH President Norma S. Rees in 1997, is designed to reward academically outstanding high school students and to encourage them to choose Cal State Hayward. The program also seeks to motivate students entering high school to achieve academically.

According to President Rees, by bringing top students to Cal State Hayward, the Presidential Scholars program also is intended "to enrich the university‚s academic environment, enliven classroom discussions, and eventually enhance the communities and businesses of this region."

One of the interests of the Wallis Foundation, located in Los Angeles, is to assist underrepresented minority students with opportunities in higher education.

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