Graduate Student at California State University, Long Beach Among Winners of 2010 Minerva Scholarships Presented at Women’s Conference
2010-11-02 · By Editor
Patrice Collins, a graduate student at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), was named one of 20 recipients of the 2010 Minerva Scholarships, which seek to meet the needs of dedicated college students and assist outstanding California women in their pursuit of higher education.
The $5,000 awards were announced by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver and were presented to recipients last week at the 2010 Women’s Conference in Long Beach, the nation’s premier forum for women.
Collins, who was nominated for the award by the California State NAACP, is a second-year graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in early childhood education. She expects to complete her master’s studies in summer 2011, but she won’t be finished with her education just yet.
“Receiving this scholarship places me one step closer to fulfilling my goal of pursuing a doctoral degree,” Collins explained. “It will relieve the stress of worrying about financial resources to conduct program research, application costs, and costs for professional conferences.”
Collins said she was surprised, excited and very thankful when she found out she had been selected for a Minerva scholarship. “I feel quite honored,” she added.
The scholarships are made possible by WE Educate, a program of the Women’s Conference. Through this scholarship program, the Women’s Conference is able to honor women who exemplify the values of the conference, continuing its work of empowering women 365 days a year to realize their potential.
“Since WE Educate began in 2005, we have awarded 48 Minerva Scholarships totaling $350,000. The impact of this scholarship program is extraordinary and we are overjoyed to invest in these talented young women by expanding their educational opportunities with these scholarships,” said First Lady Maria Shriver. “This diverse group of women have shown not only a commitment to their education but a proven dedication to their community. Whether volunteering at a domestic violence organization, mentoring high school students or serving as a translator at a legal clinic for immigrants, these women are truly architects of change.”
WE Educate partners include Scholarship America, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, United Negro College Fund and California State National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, who help facilitate and distribute the scholarship funds.
Schwarzenegger said, “I am so pleased to honor these young women for their perseverance and determination to attain a higher education. They are true examples of what is possible and they should take great pride in this fantastic achievement.”