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CSU, Chico Student Claudia Martinez Pureco Receives CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement

Date: 09-20-2016

Joe Wills, Public Affairs

California State University, Chico student Claudia Martinez Pureco has been selected to receive the 2016 California State University Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement. The Board of Trustees selects students from throughout the state to receive the annual award, which is given to one student from each of the CSU’s 23 campuses.

“The accomplishments of these determined, bright and compassionate students are remarkable,” CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White said in a Chancellor's Office news release last Friday. “These scholarships will help them go on to accomplish even greater things for their campuses, communities and California’s future.”

Martinez Pureco, a junior in the concrete industry management program, is a first-generation college student from Michoacán, Mexico. After learning she’d won the award, she discovered she’d been nominated by one of her professors, as well as a work supervisor, which came as a surprise.

“It’s a different type of emotion when you apply for something, because there’s hope behind it,” said Martinez Pureco. “But this is completely different. This was something I didn’t even know about.”

Martinez Pureco, this year’s Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Scholar, has distinguished herself in a major where Hispanics and women are traditionally underrepresented.

The California Dream Act opened doors for her to attend Chico State, and she’s taken full advantage of the opportunity by becoming involved with industry conferences and excelling in the classroom. She has enriched the lives of others by volunteering as a student ambassador and peer educator.

Martinez Pureco has also worked as a student assistant in CSU, Chico’s Educational Opportunity Program, which helped her find her way when she was new to the University.

“It’s rewarding to know that I can help people that are currently in the shoes that I wore at one point,” said Martinez Pureco. “I admire people that remember where they came from, and I want to be like that.”

For Martinez Pureco, the award also means becoming a role model to her three younger sisters, showing them that receiving an award like this is “not impossible, and they should always strive for the best.”

The CSU Board of Trustees, the CSU Foundation Board of Governors, faculty, students and staff publicly recognized this year’s scholars at a Board of Trustees meeting today.

In 2015, Courtney Sage Silver represented CSU, Chico as the Trustee Emeritus Murray L. Galinson Scholar. Silver is currently a graduate student majoring in biological sciences.