SEPTEMBER 25, 2001
CONTACT: Pat Wright, 661/664-2456, pwright@csub.edu

CSUB scholarship winners are recognized

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund at California State University, Bakersfield hosts its annual awards dinner Oct. 6 at The Doubletree Hotel at 6 p.m. Featured speaker is Louis Caldera, vice chancellor for university advancement at The California State University, and former secretary of the Army under President Bill Clinton.

The Hispanic Excellence Scholarship Fund was established at CSUB in 1984 by President Tomás A. Arciniega. In the first year, nine students were awarded scholarships. Since then, the program has provided more than $1 million in scholarships to more than 580 students.

According to Thomas Martinez, CSUB director of diversity initiatives, "Due to the growing support of local businesses and individuals and to a new collaboration with the national Hispanic Scholarship Fund, HESF at CSUB has continued to grow. This year, 96 students will be awarded scholarships totaling $180,000. Most importantly, at the awards dinner, the hard work and academic excellence of financially needy local students will be recognized."

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund is a CSUB initiative launched in 1984 to increase access to a college education for students demonstrating leadership potential. The Hispanic Excellence Scholarship Committee was organized with representatives from the Hispanic community, local businesses, and educators.

Tickets for the dinner are $50 each. To make dinner reservations and for more information about the HESF scholarship program, call (661) 664-3052.

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