Expanded Scholarship Program for Visually Impaired Students Launched

(July 10, 2002) Visually impaired students at the 23-campus California State University system will get a helping hand in their college careers thanks to the generosity of longtime Bay Area resident Dale M. Schoettler.

The CSU Foundation has received a $3.4 million distribution from Schoettler's estate to provide scholarships for visually impaired students at all 23 CSU campuses. The gift will expand an existing scholarship program that Schoettler, who himself was visually impaired, established in 1991 for San Francisco State and San Jose State students.

The new endowment will provide at least 20 $5,000 scholarships annually for legally blind CSU graduate and undergraduate students who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8. Students may attend any CSU campus and nominations for the scholarship will be received from financial aid offices throughout the CSU. The current 2002-03 Schoettler scholars are Peggy Washington at San Francisco State University and Sergio Mejia at San Jose State University. The Schoettler Scholars Program will begin its expanded outreach during the 2003-04 academic year.

Louis Caldera, president of the CSU Foundation and vice chancellor of University Advancement, said, "The CSU is gratified that Mr. Schoettler recognized the value of the services that the CSU provides all Californians. This scholarship program for visually impaired students, coupled with the array of programs and counseling that every CSU campus provides, will encourage prospective and current CSU students to follow their dreams and continue their education."

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, nearly 400,000 students and 42,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See www.calstate.edu for more information.

Contact: Clara Potes-Fellow, cpotes-fellow@calstate.edu, (562) 951-4806

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Last Updated: 10 July 2002

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