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California State University Honors Top Student Scholars

Elizabeth Chapin


Twenty-three students—one from each campus of the California State University—have been selected to receive the 2018 Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement, the university’s highest recognition of student achievement. 

The awardees will be publicly recognized during the CSU Board of Trustees meeting in Long Beach on September 11.

The CSU recognizes 23 students every year with the Trustees’ Award, which accompanies a donor-funded scholarship ranging from $6,000 to $12,000. 

Students are selected for their exceptional efforts in the classroom and community. Awardees demonstrate superior academic performance, personal accomplishments, community service and financial need. Many have shown inspirational resolve along the path to college success and are the first in their families to attend college.

“These student scholars embody the leadership, diversity and academic excellence the California State University is known for,” said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. “They have traced unique paths to their goal of a higher education and serve as powerful examples to their families, communities and California. The awards will give these high-achieving and deserving students even more opportunities to attain their academic and career goals.”

More than 340 students have been honored with the Trustees’ Award since the scholarship program was established in 1984 by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. In 1999, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation partnered with the CSU Board of Trustees to supplement the endowment with contributions from CSU Trustees, CSU Foundation Board of Governors, and private donors. Each student scholarship bears the name of a donor.

Donor CSU Trustee Emeritus Ali C. Razi endows a scholarship fund in his name to recognize the top scoring CSU Trustees’ Award recipient annually. San Diego State student Manuel Gonzales IV was named this year’s Trustee Emeritus Ali C. Razi Scholar and will receive a $12,000 scholarship. 

The CSU Board of Trustees meeting will be held at the CSU Chancellor's Office, 401 Golden Shore, Long Beach, CA 90802. Visit the CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement website for bios on all 23 scholars as well as donor information.

The 2018 CSU Trustees Scholars are:

Salma Abdel-Raheem, San Francisco State
        Trustee Rebecca D. and James Eisen Scholar

Daria Antonova, CSU Long Beach 
        Edison International Scholar

Mariah Chastain, Sonoma State
        Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation Scholar

Janielle Cuala, Cal State L.A.
       SoCalGas Scholar

David Denisov, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
        William Randolph Hearst Scholar

Irma Gonzalez, CSU Northridge
       Chancellor Emeritus Charles B. and Catherine Reed Scholar

Manuel Gonzales IV, San Diego State 
        Trustee Emeritus Ali C. Razi Scholar

Hawk McFadzen, CSU Dominguez Hills
        Wells Fargo Veteran Scholar

Catherine Mueller, Fresno State
        Trustee Emeritus Peter Mehas Scholar

Amanda Ngoc Nguyen, CSU Fullerton
        Michael A. and Debe Lucki Scholar

Rosangela Flores Odgers, Cal Poly Pomona 
        William Randolph Hearst Scholar

Rawiah Eisa Mohamed Osman, CSU Bakersfield
        SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union Scholar

Angela Mae Platon, CSU East Bay
        William Randolph Hearst Scholar

Jesus Perez, CSU San Marcos
       Trustee Emeritus Murray L. Galinson Scholar

Ma Theresa Quisao, CSU Channel Islands 
        William Randolph Hearst Scholar

Livier Camarena Sanchez, Stanislaus State
        Trustee Emeritus Kenneth Fong Scholar

Bryan Sierra-Rivera, CSU Monterey Bay
        TELACU Scholar

Jazmin Silvestri, Cal Maritime
       Trustee Jack McGrory Scholar

Sony Thao, CSU Chico
        William Randolph Hearst Scholar

Angelina Torres, Humboldt State
        Trustee Emerita Claudia H. Hampton Scholar

Saxxie Tran, CSU San Bernardino
        Trustee Peter J. and Coralyn A. Taylor Scholar

Lay Vang, Sacramento State
        Ron and Mitzi Barhorst Scholar

Suzanna D. Walter, San Jose State
        Trustee Emeritus William Hauck and Padget Kaiser Scholar

About the California State University
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