CSU selects Gabriel Garcia as this year’s Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement recipient

The California State University Board of Trustees has selected 23 students, one from each campus in the system, to receive the 2011-2012 William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement.  The trustees will honor the scholars on Sept. 20 at the CSU Office of the Chancellor in Long Beach, California.

The Hearst/CSU Trustees’ award is among the highest forms of recognition for student achievement in the CSU.  The students receiving the awards have all demonstrated inspirational resolve along the path to college success.  Barriers faced by this year’s recipients include parental loss, abandonment, poverty, homelessness, disease, addiction, mental health disorders, human trafficking and prejudice.  Many of the scholars are also the first in their families to attend college, and some learned English late in life.

From this endowment, the trustees award $3,000 to students who exemplify the scholarship criteria.

CSUB’s selection is Gabriel Garcia.

Gabriel Garcia is a first-generation college student from a Mexican field-working family. For Gabriel, attending college and obtaining a degree seemed unlikely because he did not have the funds for tuition.

However, Gabriel is now a senior at CSU Bakersfield, majoring in theatre arts with a minor in psychology. He plays a lead role in a touring show called New Kid that performs for young audiences. The performance addresses challenges faced by children new to America when they encounter prejudice, language barriers and the tormenting of bullies. Gabriel also volunteered at a local elementary afterschool program and has developed a deep interest in helping children.

After achieving his undergraduate degree, Gabriel plans to enroll in a Master of Fine Arts program. His future may include acting and/or directing. He is committed to contributing to his community, using theatre as a way of giving back and supporting others.

Congratulations Gabriel.

— Office of Public Affairs and Communications