North State High School Students Named CSU, Chico President’s Scholars

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 06-02-2017

Sean Murphy
Public Affairs
530-898-6492

Eight students from five North State high schools have been named as California State University, Chico President’s Scholars for 2017. 

Fairryn Graff (Gridley High School) will receive the Manuel A. and Gloria Esteban Scholarship, and Wesley Smith (University Prep of Redding) is the recipient of the California Iota Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon Scholarship. Both scholarships amount to $20,000 paid over the course of four years. 

Additionally, Denise Horre and Sierra Dickerson (Paradise High School); Cintia Ortiz (Chico High School); Jocelyn Arriaga-Perez and Gurmanpret Mattu (Gridley High School); and Raelene Garnett (Hamilton High School) will also each receive a $20,000 scholarship paid over the course of four years.

“Of the nearly 100 first-time freshmen who qualified for the President’s Scholarship, I was delighted to be able to select eight who will join us in the fall,” said CSU, Chico President Gayle E. Hutchinson. “I can’t wait to welcome the 2017 President’s Scholars to campus in August.”

Students must meet a set of minimum requirements to be considered. These minimum qualifications include a high school grade point average of at least 3.5; scoring a 1200 or greater on the SAT I Reasoning Test (includes verbal plus mathematics), or a 27 ACT score or greater; and submission of the University online scholarship application (including at least one letter of recommendation).

Scholarship recipients must also maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 for continued eligibility. 

“It is an honor to be able to support students who have achieved remarkable academic success,” said President Hutchinson. “The President’s Scholars Program allows Chico State to attract high-performing, highly talented individuals who have more than one option when it comes to their college education.”

The President’s Scholarship is awarded annually to first-time freshmen and is open to all majors. Since 1995, the President's Scholarship has been an important part of CSU, Chico's commitment to the recruitment of highly qualified high school seniors, particularly from the North State.

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About California State University, Chico

California State University, Chico is the second-oldest campus in the 23-member CSU system, the nation’s largest public university system. Founded in 1887, Chico State enrolls approximately 17,500 students and offers more than 300 degree programs through its seven colleges and five schools. The campus is consistently ranked as one of the best regional public universities in the Western United States, and is the only CSU campus to have earned a favorable rating in all five categories of the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scoreboard, which rates universities on affordability and value. Its mission includes a broad commitment to environmental sustainability, public service and community engagement throughout the 12-county North State region where the campus is located. The University was named a federal Hispanic-Serving Institution in 2016.