Donor Stories

Our donors and supporters are inspired by the stories of our students​—​and a shared commitment to the CSU's values of diversity, opportunity, quality and success.


Academic Enrichment

The California State University’s strong partnership with its donors helps propel students to new academic heights, providing them with the tools, experiences and resources necessary for success inside and outside the classroom.

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Student Achievement

Donors play a critical role in bolstering CSU students to advance in their journeys of learning and discovery, and to achieve their academic goals—no matter their background or circumstance—by providing the holistic support that is foundational to their success.

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Wang Award

​The Wang Family Excellence Award recognizes four outstanding faculty memb​​ers and one outstanding administrator from across the CSU. Through extraordinary commitment and dedication, the five award recipients have distinguished themselves through exemplary contributions and achievements. Each recipient receives a $20,000 award.

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Faculty Innovation & Leadership Award

​With generous support from the College Futures Foundation, the Faculty Innovation and Leadership Award recognizes faculty who are implementing innovative practices that significantly improve learning and course outcomes. The award also acknowledges faculty who have demonstrated leadership at the department, college or university level to further student success and outcomes in courses that have traditionally low success rates or persistent equity gaps.

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Student Scholarships

By generously providing millions of dollars in scholarships, California State University donors help students break down economic barriers that prevent them from achieving academic success.

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Trustees' Award

Trustees' Scholars represent the hopeful, hardworking and resilient spirit that defines California. Nominated by their campus president, each of these students has a superior academic record and serves their community in extraordinary ways. Each has also faced and overcome great obstacles to pursue their dreams through higher education.

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University Support

The 23 campuses of the California State University stand as beacons of inclusive excellence, where students receive a high-quality education from world-class faculty— much of which is driven by donor support.

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