Cal State LA receives education award for civic engagement

Covino accepts Ambassador Award

Cal State LA has received the 2015 Ambassador of Education Award from Millennium Momentum Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to increasing diversity in public service-related fields.

Cal State LA President William A. Covino accepted the award at the foundation’s 12th Annual Opening Doors Awards ceremony at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles.

“We will continue to be ambassadors for a transformative education, with academic excellence and service at its core,” Covino said during his acceptance speech at the Nov. 13 event.

The Ambassador of Education Award is presented to an institution or individual in higher education who has demonstrated a significant commitment to creating and sustaining avenues of civic engagement and community reinvestment among a new generation.

Best and Brightest ScholarsThe Millennium Momentum Foundation also awarded its Best & Brightest scholarships to three outstanding Cal State LA seniors: Pranati Pillutla, a biochemistry major; Briselda Tejeda, a social work major; and Lysander Valenzuela, a liberal studies major.

The Best & Brightest Scholarship Program seeks to identify students that exemplify exceptional academic merit, leadership potential, commitment to reinvest in their local communities, and financial need. The scholarship winners also have an opportunity to participate in the foundation’s Leadership Development Institute, which integrates peer-professional mentoring and leadership development training.

Cal State LA is a university dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good. The University serves more than 27,000 students, and 240,000 distinguished alumni, who are as diverse as the city we serve. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, Cal State LA has long been recognized as an engine of economic and social mobility.

Cal State LA has been named by Washington Monthly as one of the top ten master’s universities in the nation for our contribution to the public good.

Photos: Top, Cal State LA President William A. Covino speaking at the 12th Annual Open Doors Awards ceremony. Bottom, l-r, Cal State LA's 2015 Best & Brightest Scholars Briselda Tejeda, Lysander Valenzuela, and Pranati Pillutla.

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