Cal State Long Beach welcomes 15 President’s Scholars this fall

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cal-state-long-beachNine students from Long Beach students are among the members of the 15th incoming class of President’s Scholars at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). As part of the program, each of these top high school scholars has received a four-year scholarship from the university worth nearly $50,000.

Established in 1995, the CSULB President’s Scholars Program was created to bring valedictorians and National Merit scholars from California high schools to the campus. That first class consisted of a handful of students from the greater Long Beach area. With this fall’s incoming class of 50 new students, the total number of President’s Scholars currently studying on campus is at 271.

“Even after 15 years, the President’s Scholars Program at Cal State Long Beach still attracts 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. “Each year, we receive more than 500 applications from California valedictorians or National Merit scholars for these premier scholarships, and each year 50 new students are selected to be part of this incoming group of scholastically outstanding individuals.

Among the 2009 CSULB President’s Scholars are three students from Millikan High School – Tamara D. Hashimoto, Minh-Minh- Ho and Sarah LaCombe. The new group also includes two students each from Cabrillo High – Mirsa E. Bracho and Daniel J. Lopez; and Wilson Classical High – Carly M. Farris and Britney L. White.

The remaining local scholars include Alexis S. Nakamura from Long Beach Poly High and Melody K. Rudd of Long Beach who attended Brethren Christian High in Huntington Beach.

As President’s Scholars, these students are attending CSULB on a full scholarship that covers general student fees, an annual book allowance and paid housing in the campus residence halls for four years. In addition, they will receive priority registration, personal academic counseling and more.

The benefits for qualifying valedictorians and National Merit scholars from accredited California high schools are made possible through the support of the CSULB Alumni Association, President’s Associates and the Corporate Scholars Council.

For more information, contact Valerie Bordeaux, director of the CSULB President’s Scholars Program, at 562/985-8236 or via e-mail at

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