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July 3, 2003
DH 03 TK037
Contact: Thomas Knox
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Graduate Student at Cal State Dominguez Hills
Receives CSU Trustees’ William Randolph Hearst Award

First CSUDH Student to Win Award since 1974 Inception

Carson, Calif: – Graduate student Sheba Kane has been awarded the prestigious 2003 William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement. This marks the first time a student from California State University, Dominguez Hills has received this award since its inception in 1974. The award presentation will take place during the July 15 California State University Board of Trustees meeting in Long Beach.

The scholarship is awarded each year to students who best demonstrate academic performance, personal hardship, community service, and personal achievement. Presidents from each of the 23 CSU campuses nominated scholarship candidates. The year, six recipients were selected to receive $3,000 scholarships.

Kane first learned about the scholarship while pursuing an undergraduate degree in Africana Studies. Applying for the scholarship early in the academic year enabled her to focus on her studies without becoming distracted by the award itself. She was surprised to learn her name was included in this year’s award recipients.

She credits the Cal State Dominguez Hills’ faculty for encouraging her and believes the University’s diversity is conducive to personal growth. “I’ve attended other colleges that were not as diverse, and the experience was painful, so I knew I had to come to a campus that had a lot of diversity,” she said. “That was very important to me.”

Kane transferred to Cal State Dominguez Hills from the community college system with a 4.0 average. She ruled out all other universities and focused only on Cal State Dominguez Hills because of its friendly atmosphere. “I feel so comfortable on campus and that is the main reason I remained to earn my graduate degree,” she explained. “It provides a level of comfort for an African American student. You don’t feel like you’re always fighting other issues. You can just concentrate on learning.”

Kane received a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship from Stanford University to attend the Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (SCALI) at Ohio University. She will study the Yoruba language there until her fellowship ends in mid August. She looks forward to returning to Cal State Dominguez Hills to pursue a master’s degree in English: TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language).

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