Grace Kim, CSULB Grad Student, Named Recipient of Hearst/Trustees’ Award

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Grace Kim, CSULB Grad Student, Named Recipient of Hearst/Trustees’ Award

Grace Kim

Grace Kim, a graduate student in nutritional science at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), was named the campus recipient of the 2011-12 William R. Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Each year, the California State University (CSU) selects 23 students, one from each campus in the system, to receive the Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award, which is among the system’s highest forms of recognition for student achievement. The $3,000 awards are given to students who have demonstrated financial need, experienced personal hardships, and have attributes such as superior academic performance, exemplary community service and significant personal achievements.

This year’s award winners were honored recently by the CSU Board of Trustees at the CSU Chancellor’s Office in Long Beach.

“I was extremely thankful and humbled to have been selected to receive the scholarship,” said Kim, who expects to complete her graduate studies at CSULB in spring 2014. “I thanked God before calling my family, and was smiling ear to ear as I let them know. I also felt very much honored to represent my school as the Cal State Long Beach recipient.”

Born in California, Kim lived her early years in Korea and returned to the United States to attend middle school. She found it difficult to adjust to a culturally different and academically challenging new environment. However, it is precisely this experience that made it possible for her to empathize with the needs of other struggling students.

For more than five years, Kim, 23, has suffered from severe chronic back and neck pain as a result of being a passenger in several vehicle accidents, including two major ones. Still, her ailments have not hindered the tenacious student from completing her bachelor’s degree at UC Berkeley and aspiring to work with struggling and underprivileged children.

Despite her status as a full-time student, Kim works to fund her treatments and education. She mentors students at Kettering Classical Elementary School and interns at Dr. Riba’s Health Club in Costa Mesa, focusing on the prevention and treatment of nutrition-related problems in children of a largely Latino community. At CSULB, she also serves as symposium chair of the campus’ Student Dietetic Association.

Kim noted that she would be using the scholarship mostly towards treatments for her back and neck problems. She hopes to see an improvement so that she can be a better and more effective student.

Grace plans to pursue acceptance into CSULB’s Dietetic Internship Program and become a registered dietitian, utilizing her experiences to continue working with culturally diverse communities.

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation originally established the endowed scholarship fund in 1984. In 1999, the Hearst Foundation partnered with the CSU Board of Trustees to supplement the endowment with contributions from CSU Trustees and private donors. From this endowment, the trustees award $3,000 to students who exemplify the scholarship criteria.

Since its inception in 1974, the Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award of Achievement has been bestowed upon more than 200 students.

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