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William Randolph Hearst / CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement

College of Business : Scholarship Detail : William Randolph Hearst / CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation established an endowed scholarship fund in 1984 to honor William Randolph Hearst, founder of the Hearst newspaper chain.

In 1999, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation partnered with the CSU Board of Trustees to create the William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement. Contributions from CSU Trustees and private donors increase the value and number of available awards. In addition, the awards are supplemented by the Haworth Family Trust.

The awards recognize students who have overcome adversity, demonstrated financial need, and have attributes of merit including superior academic performance, significant personal achievements, and exemplary community service.

The recipient who receives the highest score by the selection committee is designated the Trustee Emeritus Ali C. Razi Scholar and will receive a $10,000 scholarship from an endowed fund established by Dr. Razi.  

The recipient who demonstrates the most outstanding community service is designated the Trustee Emeritus Murray L. Galinson Scholar and receives a $6,000 scholarship from an endowed fund established by Dr. Galinson. 

In addition to this, the recipient from San José State University is designated as the Trustee William Hauck Scholar and will receive $4,000.

There may be up to an additional nineteen (19) scholarships awarded in the amount of $3,000 for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Applicants must:

  • Demonstrate superior academic performance with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and be in good academic standing.
  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the campus Financial Aid Office.
  • Be currently enrolled as a full-time equivalent undergraduate or graduate student in any major field at a CSU campus and remain a CSU full-time equivalent student during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Applications are available through the campus Financial Aid Office.

Financial Aid Offices on each campus will review the applications to ensure that they meet all requirements and, in consultation with the campus President, will select and forward one nomination to the CSU Foundation. We hope to have twenty-three scholarships this year.

Completed nominations submitted by the campus Financial Aid Office to the CSU Foundation will include the following:

  • A Nomination Cover Letter from the campus President
  • A completed Applicant Checklist
  • A one-paragraph Biography, which must be approved by the campus Public Affairs Department (see Checklist and new Biography Guidelines)
  • A completed Applicant Information form.  Please make sure that the student’s name is properly spelled the way he or she wants it to appear in the public biographies and photos
  • Calculation of Unmet Financial Need (found at the bottom of the Applicant Information form)
  • Calculation of Grade Point Average (found at the bottom of the Applicant Information form)
  • A current Official College Transcript including all undergraduate and graduate coursework completed
  • A brief  Personal Statement describing the student’s:
  • background
  • challenges they have encountered
  • personal achievements
  • educational pursuits
  • community service, which should reflect a commitment to education and to the community
  • goals and aspirations for the future.
  • Two letters of reference from individuals such as teachers/professors, counselors, or community leaders who can attest to the candidate's meritorious performance and personal strengths and assess the nominee’s potential for success.  One of the letters of reference must be from an academic instructor.
  • A speech, approximately three minutes in length, which describes how the student has overcome adversity, how education has transformed his or her life, and the student’s goals and aspirations for the future – particularly how they may hope to impact the lives of others.  The speech should be submitted in written and video format.  The video, preferably filmed by the campus, should also include background B-Roll of the student on campus in his or her environment (the lab, the classroom, athletic field, doing volunteer work, etc.) as well as show the student near or in front of campus landmarks. The video needs no scoring, and should be in DVD format only.  (The video may be submitted after the application packet, but no later than May 15th.) The speech will help the Award Selection Committee determine the Razi and Galinson scholars. 
  • Photos of the nominee, including a formal headshot to include in the program, and individual informal shots of the nominee on campus, at home, at work, or at play.  The informal photos can come from the nominee’s own collection, but must be submitted on CD or via email.  If the nominee does not have a formal headshot, then the campus Public Affairs department needs to assist before the student leaves the campus for the summer. These photos may be submitted after the application packet, but no later than May 15th.  Please see the new Photo Guidelines.
  • Stories and the photos of the Hearst/Trustees’ Awards recipients are publicized widely, thus requiring a Biographical Statement Copy Release Form and Visual/Audio Image Release Form.
  • A completed Application Checklist.

Nominations for the 2013-2014 academic year are due May 10, 2013

All recipients of the Hearst Trustees’ Scholarships will be invited to attend (and their transportation will be covered) the awards presentation at the at the September meeting of the Board of Trustees, most likely September 17, 2013 at the Chancellor’s Office in Long Beach.

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