Honorary students receive alumni scholarships
November 5, 2009 10:26 PM
Nineteen students were awarded the SF State Alumni Association Scholarship during a dinner event at the Seven Hills Conference Center on the evening of Nov. 5.
The scholarships were part of the association scholarship and the students were chosen out of 115 applicants, based on their GPA and written essay.
"It's hard to pick because there are so many good ones," said Rita Harrington, a member of the Scholarship Association Committee.
Around 60 people attended the event and amongst friends and family members the students were praised for their efforts as community givers.
"If somebody gives you money to do something you must respond doing something good for the community," said Julio Martinez, who received the Graduate Scholarship and wants to become a public defender.
Jaylene Shelby, a senior and a Spanish and international relations student was grateful for receiving the Senior Scholarship.
"The money helps because I pay for school myself," said Shelby who plans on taking a bilingual teaching credential and wants to inspire kids to empower their aspirations.
Theater art student Allison Combs, was awarded the Alum of the Year scholarship award, worth $2,500.
Karen Johnson-Brennan, a member of the Alumni Association and a nursing professor for 31 years, said that the student body at SF State is exceptional and "these kids are doing great things."
Maya Fallaha, an international relations graduate was accompanied by her husband, also received the Graduate Scholarship award, worth $1,000.
"I'm grateful and honored and I appreciate the recognition," said Fallaha to the crowd.
Alternates-Awarded Certificate of Achievement was also given to 16 other students.
The alumni association was formally organized in 1936. Its main mission was to recruit members and to organize class reunions. Alumni donations and fundraisers provided the funds for the scholarships and is overseen by the University Development office.
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