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Oct. 10, 2003
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CSU Dominguez Hills President Leads Education Walk-A-Thon
To Build Scholarships for California Students

Nearly $1.5 million in scholarships raised in 2002/2003 nationwide

Carson, Calif – California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) President James E. Lyons, Sr. will lead a parade of walkers during the Easy Spirit Freedom Walk for Education Benefiting Dollars for Scholars at 11 a.m. Oct. 18 at the University. Cal State Dominguez Hills is the only California venue for the walk-a-thon this year.

In addition to the Cal State Dominguez Hills event, similar walks are being held in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis and Washington, D.C. to benefit Dollars for Scholars chapters in those areas this fall.

"There are some projects that are controversial by nature; however, raising money for scholarships is something that everyone can agree on,” Lyons said. “This Dollars for Scholars walk will benefit students throughout California including Cal State Dominguez Hills. I am pleased that so many organizations have come together to make the event a reality," said Lyons who will be joined by his wife, Jocelyn, in the walk.

The 5K walk-a-thon will raise scholarship funds for Dollars for Scholars’ community-based, volunteer-led scholarship groups throughout California. Money brought to the walk on behalf of the University will be used to provide additional scholarships for future Dollars for Scholars’ recipients who attend CSUDH. Dollars for Scholars is a 45-year-old national program that has been successful in managing, expanding and maximizing benefits of new or existing scholarship programs.

The Dollars for Scholars program has been growing steadily in California each year since 1982 when the first California chapter was formed. Cal State Dominguez Hills received $3,675 in scholarships for five students from various Dollars for Scholars chapters in California last year and the University provided an additional match of $250 per student. Volunteers of the state’s 60 active chapters raised and awarded nearly $1.5 million in scholarships nationwide during the 2002-2003 school year, a 21 percent increase over the previous year.

Dollars for Scholars was the founding program of the national organization that is now Scholarship America. Lyons is a member of Scholarship America’s National Governing Board.

For more information about the Walk for Education or Dollars for Scholars, call 1/800-335-4504 or write

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