Nine Long Beach students hailing from seven different area high schools including Wilson will be getting a full ride to California State University, Long Beach after receiving fully-funded, four-year scholarships.
CSULB awarded the almost $70,000 scholarships to the 2012 graduates, who were also valedictorians at their Long Beach Unified School District high schools, as part of the university’s President’s Scholars program.
Created nearly two decades ago to bring promising students from across the state to the CSULB campus, the program requires scholars be either a valedictorian or National Scholar from a California high school to be eligible.
This year, only 26 applicants were chosen as scholars from among more than 700 students statewide. They join nearly a 1000 others who have benefited from the program since it was created in 1995, according to a statement by CSULB officials.
“The President’s Scholars Program at Cal State Long Beach attracts some of the most academically talented students in California, and this year’s class in no exception,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander in a statement.
“The program is extremely competitive," Alexander said. "Each year, we receive hundreds of applications for these scholarships, but this year only 26 students were selected to be part of this incoming group of scholastically outstanding individuals.”
Recepients of the 2012 President’s Scholars award are Nicole Becker and John-Michael O’Brien from Millikan High School, Whitney Miller and Alvaro Nunez of Renaissance High School for the Arts, Deyanira Cendejas of Cabrillo High, Meagan Meylor of Wilson Classical High, Michael Oscarson of Lakewood High, Abigail See of Long Beach Poly and Channika Xen from Jordan High.
The scholars will begin classes August 27 with student fees, on-campus housing and a book allowance paid for in addition to other assistance, such as priority registration and personal academic counseling, according to a statement from CSULB.
The President's Scholars program is funded in part by the CSULB Alumni Association, President’s Associates and the Corporate Scholars Council.