With the beginning of the 2010-11 academic year, California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) welcomed its 1,000th President’s Scholar to the campus, signaling a significant milestone in the life of an initiative that has enhanced the campus’ reputation as one of the best public universities in the United States. Recognized as the premier program of its kind in the state of California, the CSULB President’s Scholars Program was created in 1995 to bring valedictorians and National Merit scholars from California high schools to the Long Beach campus.
To date, more than 1,000 students from nearly every California county have been selected for the program, and with the addition of this year’s incoming class of 30 new scholars, there are about 300 former high school valedictorians and national scholars studying at CSULB.
“After more than 15 years, the President’s Scholars Program at Cal State Long Beach continues to attract many of the brightest and most talented high school graduates in California, and I believe it will continue to do so for years to come,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander.
“These President’s Scholars have an opportunity to learn from, and in many cases work with, an outstanding teaching and research faculty,” he continued. “At the same time, their presence and work ethic raises the academic integrity and reputation of the university while they serve as outstanding role models for students around them.”
Each President’s Scholar receives a full scholarship from the university that covers general student fees, paid housing in the campus residence halls for four years and an annual book allowance. In addition, the scholars receive priority registration, personal academic counseling and more.
The benefits for the campus’ President’s Scholars are made possible through the support of the CSULB Alumni Association, President’s Associates and the Corporate Scholars Council, as well as through the philanthropy of private individuals. No state funds are used to support CSULB’s President’s Scholars.
Graduates of the program have gone on to attend prestigious graduate and professional schools such as Yale, Harvard, UC Berkeley, Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, Penn State, Boston University, Stanford and UCLA. Others have started successful careers at companies like Disney, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and TRW and in fields such as education, nursing and medical research, accounting and finance, and the television industry.