Hispanic Excellence Scholarship Fund celebrates 25 years of student support

August 26, 2008
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu
The Hispanic Excellence Scholarship Fund at California State University, Bakersfield will host its 25th annual awards dinner on Saturday, Sept. 20, at The DoubleTree Hotel at 6 p.m. The HESF was established at the university in 1984 by CSU President Emeritus Tomás 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 $2 million in scholarships to more than 1,000 students. Thomas Martínez, chair of the public administration department, said the scholarship program has been very successful. “Due to the growing support of local businesses and individuals, the CSUB President’s Scholarship Matching Program, and endowment collaboration with the national Hispanic Scholarship Fund, our scholarship fund has become one of the premier scholarship programs of its kind,” he said. “This year 80 students will be awarded scholarship totaling $130,000. Most importantly, at the award dinner, the hard work and academic excellence of financially needy local students will be recognized.” The HESF Advisory Board is comprised of local business, education, and community leaders. Supporters of this event include State Farm Insurance, Bright House Networks, Univision and Chevron. Arciniega will be the keynote speaker for this year’s event. Tickets for the dinner are $60. To purchase tickets or to obtain sponsorship information, please call (661) 654-3406 or log on to www.csub.edu/hesf/.