CSUB Hispanic Excellence Scholarship Fund to award 40 students

The CSUB Hispanic Excellence Scholarship Fund (HESF) will recognize 40 academically deserving students with scholarships totaling more than $110,000 at the 30th Annual Scholarship Awards Program on Saturday, Sept. 21st at 7pm in the CSUB Doré Theatre. A social hour begins at 6:30pm. Tickets are $20.

The HESF Awards Program special guest speaker will be renowned artist and author Simon Silva.  Silva is known for his prints and posters that depict stylized portraits of farm workers bending to harvest crops, sun’s radiating heat, and picturesque fields and valleys. This art is reminiscent of his childhood, during which from just eight years old, he spent every hot summer day working in the fields. Silva was born the sixth of eleven children in 1961 in the border town of Mexicali, Mexico. The Silva family moved permanently to the United States in 1962 to nearby Holtville, California. From the beginning, teachers noted his artistic abilities and often asked him to draw. He eventually attended Imperial Valley College and majored in art.

Since its inception in 1984, HESF has helped build a tradition of excellence at CSUB by increasing access to a college education for academically excellent, underrepresented students who demonstrate leadership. The Fund has supported more than 1,500 outstanding students with scholarships totaling more than $2.8 million. Many of the students are among the first generation of their families to attend college.

“This is a wonderful program that for thirty years has recognized academically excellent and economically deserving students coming to CSUB from throughout the region,” said Dr. Thomas Martínez, CSUB-HESF Coordinator and Professor of Public Administration at CSUB.  “Increasingly, CSUB-HESF graduates come to serve as local business, education and governmental leaders. They are outstanding representatives of CSUB and of our community.”

The HESF Awards program will also honor Dr. Aida Molina, Bakersfield City School District’s Superintendent of Academic Improvement and Accountability, as the 2013 Educational Leadership Honoree. The event will also feature mariachi music provided by students from the district.

The HESF Advisory Board is comprised of local business, education, and community leaders. Supporters of this event include Bright House Networks, Chevron, Youth 2 Leaders Education Foundation, Advanced Beverage, and Hector De Jesus M.D.

For tickets or sponsorship opportunities, call Gloria Castaneda at (661) 654-2282 or visit www.csub.edu/hesf. For more information about the Hispanic Excellence Scholarship Fund, contact Dr. Thomas Martinez at (661) 654-3064.

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