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HESF awards dinner slated
 
September 20, 2005
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138,
jloveless@csub.edu

The Hispanic Excellence Scholarship Fund (HESF) at California State University, Bakersfield will host its 22nd annual awards dinner on Saturday, Oct. 1, at The DoubleTree Hotel at 6 p.m.

The HESF was established at CSUB in 1984 by President Emeritus Tomás A. Arciniega to increase access to a college education for academically outstanding, financially needy, local students who demonstrate strong leadership potential. In its first year, nine students were awarded scholarships; since then, the program has grown and provided more than $1.5 million in scholarships to more than 740 students.

Thomas Martínez, CSUB assistant to the president and chair of the public administration department, said the scholarship program has been very successful. “Due to the growing support of local businesses and individuals and to a new dollar-for-dollar matching collaboration with the national Hispanic Scholarship Fund, HESF at CSUB has become one of the premier scholarship programs of its kind,” he said. “This year 72 students will be awarded scholarship totaling $141,000. Most importantly, at the award dinner the hard work and academic excellence of financially needy local students will be recognized.” CSUB President Horace Mitchell said he is pleased that the program recognizes and advances “excellence and diversity,” key elements of CSUB’s vision.

The HESF Advisory Board is comprised of local business, education, and community leaders. Supporters of this event include State Farm Insurance Cos., Bright House Networks, Mercado Nuevo LLC, Univision, Anheuser-Busch/Advance Beverage Co., Chevron, The DoubleTree Hotel, Kaiser Permanente, National University, and Law Office of David A. Torres.

Keynote speaker for this year’s event will be Glenda Umaña, an anchor for CNN en Español on Nuestro Mundo. On Nuestro Mundo, Umaña has anchored live coverage from Atlanta of the war on terrorism, as well as the recent death of Pope John Paul II and the election of Pope Benedict XVI. She also covered the most recent U.S. presidential elections. Tickets for the dinner are $60 each. To purchase tickets or to obtain information on becoming a sponsor, please call (661) 654-3052.

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