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April 3, 2002
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California State University, Dominguez Hills Celebrates
Presidential Scholarship & Awards Dinner in Beverly Hills

Annual Fundraising Dinner Benefits Students

Carson, CA - All the efforts of yearlong fundraising activities come together during the 4th Annual California State University, Dominguez Hills, Presidential Scholarship & Awards Dinner at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, 2002. Lela Rochon Fuqua, CSUDH Alumna and star of "Waiting To Exhale," is scheduled to receive the Inspiration Award from Olympic gold-medallist Carl Lewis.

Susan Hirasuna, news anchor and general assignment reporter for KTTV Fox News serves as the mistress of ceremonies for the evening. Entertainer Shayna is scheduled to provide a musical tapestry as a backdrop to a special gathering of Los Angeles academic and corporate leaders.

University President James E. Lyons, Sr. views the evening as a tribute to partners of what he identifies as the "communiversity" and who support high levels of academic pursuit at California State University, Dominguez Hills. "We are especially honored to recognize the generosity of the pillars of our community who value the investments that they have made in the future of our students," President Lyons said. "It is because of their boundless financial and moral commitment to our students and our university, that we can ensure a climate of stability and growth for the future leaders of our society. I am proud to say our university promotes a climate where dreamers become achievers."

President Lyons said the Corporate Friend of Education Award will be given to Bob Malone, regional president of BP and the Community Friend of Education Award will be presented to Kenneth Putnam, attorney and businessman, and chairman of the CSUDH Foundation Board.

Presidential scholarships are awarded annually for the outstanding academic achievement of graduating high school students and community college transfer students planning to attend CSU Dominguez Hills. Initiated in 1985 as a means of encouraging these students to continue their education and attend CSU Dominguez Hills, the full scholarships contribute to the climate of academic excellence on campus. They also provide the financial support required by many deserving students, not only during their freshman year but also throughout the students' undergraduate education (if they maintain renewal eligibility). The scholarship for community college transfer students is renewable for one additional year.