President's Scholars

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July 11, 2006

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Nine of Southern California’s
Best and Brightest High School Grads
Selected as Cal State L.A.
President’s Scholars

Los Angeles, CA – This fall, California State University, Los Angeles will welcome nine of Southern California’s best and brightest high school graduates to the campus as President’s Scholars. All were recommended by their high school principals and have a grade point average of at least 3.75 and an SAT I score of at least 1200.

Each President’s Scholar receives free college tuition—$5,000 per year for four years of full-time enrollment at Cal State L.A.—as a result of his or her outstanding academic achievements, extracurricular activities and leadership in high school. The award covers tuition, including books and other academic and living expenses.

This scholarship program is funded by donor contributions to CSULA’s Annual Fund. The Annual Fund Drive, conducted by student-callers, helps to support the President’s Scholars program and other University projects. Two of the nine scholars are funded by the California Community Foundation/Morris Trust Scholarships.

Honored as the eighth class of President’s Scholars are:

Melissa Almanza
Major: Biology
San Gabriel Mission High School
Alhambra resident

Oseloka Valentine Ewudo
Major: Nursing
Centennial High School
Corona resident

Ellie Fullerton
Major: History
Rio Hondo Prep School
Arcadia resident

Sarah Meister
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Indio High School
North Shore resident

Emily Middleton
Major: Criminal Justice
Glendora High School
Glendora resident

Belinda Ramirez
Major: Art/Animation
Charter Oak High School
Glendora resident

Joel Secor
Major: Business Administration
Santa Clarita Christian High School
Newhall resident

Amy Shimamoto
Major: Psychology
Schurr High School
Monterey Park resident

Ian Turner
Major: Music
Eagle Rock High School
Los Angeles resident

(front, l-r) Ellie Fullerton, Melissa Almanza, Amy Shimamoto, Sarah Meister, (back. l-r) Oseloka Edwudo, Ian Turner, Joel Secor, and Belinda Ramirez. (Not pictured: Emily Middleton)

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