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CSUB 2013-2014 Freedman Scholarship Awarded
January 03, 2014
The CSUB Foundation is proud to announce the 2013-2014 recipient of the Harold C. Freedman, M.D. Scholarship Endowment is Lizette Martinez, a CSUB freshman majoring in Biology. Martinez, who graduated from Shafter High School in 2013, was awarded a scholarship in the amount of $1,297. This is the largest award the endowment has bestowed to date.
The Freedman Endowment was established in the year 2000 by Freedman’s daughter, Margaret Rose Lemucchi, and was initially funded by gifts from her and her husband Timothy Lemucchi. Freedman had a long and successful career and family life in Shafter where practiced medicine for many years. During his time there, Freedman volunteered at area schools, performing physical examinations on incoming students and serving as the on-site doctor during football games. He also personally founded and manned a free clinic one afternoon a week at the Shafter Farm Labor Camp for many years to help provide farm laborers in need with access to health care. Freedman passed away in February 2013.
“My idea in establishing this endowment was to honor my dad who was a fixture in the Shafter community for many years,” said Freedman’s daughter Margaret Lemucchi. “When he passed, the endowment received numerous contributions, many from Shafter residents. Every year the scholarship goes to a Shafter High School graduate, who hopefully, upon receiving their degree from CSUB, will return to their community and give back just like my father did.”
The Lemucchi family would like to extend their gratitude to all those who have contributed to the Freedman endowment in memory of Dr. Harold C. Freedman. It is because of their contributions that the endowment was able to find its largest scholarship to date.