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CSUB Student Receives Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement

California State University, Bakersfield sophomore Rawiah Eisa Mohamed Osman has been selected to receive the 2018 Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement, the university’s highest recognition of student achievement.

A liberal studies major, Rawiah is one of 23 students – one from each campus of the California State University system – who were selected for the award.  The awardees will be publicly recognized during the CSU Board of Trustees meeting in Long Beach on September 11.

Students are selected for their exceptional efforts in the classroom and community. Awardees demonstrate superior academic performance, personal accomplishments, community service and financial need. Many have shown inspirational resolve along the path to college success and are the first in their families to attend college.

“These student scholars embody the leadership, diversity and academic excellence the California State University is known for,” said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. “They have traced unique paths to their goal of a higher education and serve as powerful examples to their families, communities and California. The awards will give these high-achieving and deserving students even more opportunities to attain their academic and career goals.”

“A model ‘Runner on the Rise, Rawiah has risen above adversity to dedicate her life to the under-served as a servant-leader and teacher who will inspire hope, resilience and lifelong learning,” said CSUB President Lynnette Zelezny. “Rawiah represents the best of CSU Bakersfield.  She makes us proud.

Rawiah Eisa Mohamed Osman and her family immigrated to the United States to escape mounting conflict in Africa. Despite facing discrimination as an African American Muslim and living with financial hardship, she is now pursuing higher education at CSUB.

Inspired by a teacher who believed in her ability to succeed, Rawiah is pursuing a teaching credential so she can also make a positive impact on children’s lives. She volunteers at Munsey Elementary School as a teacher’s assistant to help students improve their reading and comprehension skills and will be guest lecturing at a local community college.

“Growing up, my teachers have always been my mentors,” Rawiah said.  “They have been there when I did not have a coat for winter or for school supplies.”

After receiving her credential, Rawiah plans to work for under-resourced schools and educate her students about the importance of learning and persistence, even in the face of challenges.

(NOTE: Some information in this news release was provided by the CSU Chancellor’s Office Public Affairs Department.)

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