|Manuel A. Esteban|
During the faculty and staff convocation, I mentioned that a scholarship and award fund-raising campaign was underway and that a campaign goal would be announced at the beginning of the new year. I also mentioned that approximately $2 million had already been collected.
The campaign goal is $10 million. As we approach the end of the silent phase of the campaign, I am pleased to report that $3,965,380 of the $10 million goal has been raised. The campaign will continue until June 30, 2001. Let me provide some details about this campaign. Scholarships and awards help fulfill the promise to the future leaders and citizens of California to help them achieve their educational dreams. Providing opportunity for challenging academics and rigorous courses will give students the tools and skills they need to succeed in the next millennium. The campaign goal will be achieved by raising funds for scholarships and related awards in the following categories:
President's Scholars Awards
Extraordinary students often have a magnetic effect on other high-achieving students, attracting them to our campus. Graduating high school students, who have demonstrated superior academic achievement and participation in extracurricular activities, are eligible to compete for these awards. During a full day, entering freshmen compete by demonstrating their communication skills and critical thinking abilities. The winners are each awarded a $5,000 scholarship. One half is provided during the student's first year of study at Chico. The remainder is awarded for the second year, provided the recipient maintains a cumulative Chico GPA of 3.3 each semester. We now offer eight $5,000 scholarships, and a substantial number of $500 academic and performance awards are also granted to selected runners-up. My goal is to increase the number to twenty scholarships per year and the amount from the present $2,500 per year for two years to $5,000 per year for four years for a total of $20,000.
With the rising costs of higher education and our desire to help fulfill the promise, students who qualify for admission will be afforded the opportunity to enroll and succeed at CSU, Chico. During the past five years we have seen a 266 percent increase in the number of our students who work more than 30 hours a week. Further, the percentage of California students who need financial assistance has risen about 25 percent in the 1990s, making need-based scholarships a necessity. Despite the financial challenges facing our students, we do a terrific job of helping them succeed. Chico consistently has the best graduation rate in the CSU system.
Academic and Performance Awards
These awards recognize demonstrated high academic achievement and/or performance by a student in a specific area. For example, if the symphony needs a violinist, a performance award can be used to assist in the recruitment of the most outstanding student violinist available. CSU, Chico competes for these outstanding students with institutions such as Cal Poly; UC, Davis; UC, Santa Barbara; and Sonoma State.
Department and Program Specific
As we continue to attract the best and brightest students, many of our alumni, friends, and corporate partners choose to establish scholarships and awards that target specific areas. An example might be that a graduate of the College of Agriculture decides to establish a scholarship for pursuing a career in agriculture. Similar awards may be designated for educators, accountants, chemists, engineers, athletes, artists, behavioral sciences students, or for any area. Our goal is to give deserving students an opportunity to focus their education in a specific discipline or program.
The Fulfilling the Promise campaign, as we've decided to name this scholarship campaign, holds extraordinary potential for every segment of the campus communitystudents, faculty, and staff. Each department will benefit from increased scholarship opportunities and the wide array of other charitable gifts donors will contribute during the campaign.
Let me recapitulate the particulars of this campaign:
Period: Four years July 1, 1997 _ June 30, 2001
(silent phase until January 1999)
Status: $3,965,380 _ as of January 14, 1999
I have no doubt that we will achieve and probably surpass this goal. This university has many friends and supporters, who are willing to invest in the future of our students and who are impressed by the accomplishments of our students, faculty, and staff.}