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April 11, 2002
Contact: Thomas Knox
(310) 243-3367


Media Advisory

California State University, Dominguez Hills
Stages Presidential Scholarship & Awards Dinner in Beverly Hills

Annual Fundraising Dinner Benefits Students

Carson, CA - California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), celebrates the 4th Annual Presidential Scholarship & Awards Dinner at The Beverly Hilton.

WHO: Bob Malone, Kenneth Putnam and Lela Rochon Fuqua, Susan Hirasuna

WHAT: California State University, Dominguez Hills 4th Annual Presidential Scholarship & Awards Dinner

WHERE: The Beverly Hilton, 9876 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

WHEN: Wednesday, April 17, 2002, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

California State University, Dominguez Hills President James E. Lyons, Sr. honors student scholars and corporate and community supporters at the 4th Annual Presidential Scholarship & Awards Dinner. Susan Hirasuna, news anchor and general assignment reporter for KTTV Fox 11 serves as mistress of ceremonies.

Olympic gold-medallist Carl Lewis will present an Inspiration Award to Lela Rochon Fuqua, star of the film "Waiting to Exhale." Also, singer/songwriter Shayna will perform for this memorable gathering of academic and corporate leaders in the greater Los Angeles area.

Bob Malone, regional president of BP will receive the Corporate Friend of Education Award; and Kenneth Putnam, attorney and businessman, and chairman of the CSUDH Foundation Board, will receive the Community Friend of Education Award.

Sponsors for the Presidential Scholarship & Awards Dinner include: Diamond Sponsor, BP; Platinum Sponsor, TRW Systems; Gold Sponsors, SouthBay Pavilion at Carson and The Carson Companies; and Silver Sponsors, CSUDH Alumni Association, Inc., Hilton Hotels Corporation, Kinder Morgan Foundation, Nissan North America, Inc., Sempra Energy, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. and Watson Land Company.

Presidential scholarships are awarded annually for outstanding academic achievement to graduating high school and community college transfer students planning to attend CSU Dominguez Hills. Initiated in 1985, 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.

President Lyons said he is especially honored to single out those members of the community who have shown their generosity by providing financial support to the University and to these future leaders who pursue and earn their degrees from CSUDH.

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