CSUB golfer Chase Goodvin receives Harvick scholarship

From left: Dr. Horace Mitchell, CSUB President; Chase Goodvin, CSUB golfer and scholarship recipient; Kevin Harvick, NASCAR driver and director of the Kevin Harvick Foundation

CSUB student-athlete Chase Goodvin has been awarded the second annual Kevin Harvick Scholarship in the amount of $15,895 for the 2011-12 academic year. Chase is a criminal justice major with a GPA of 3.45.

In 2010, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick donated $151,200 from the Kevin Harvick Foundation to CSUB to award scholarships to one student-athlete per year for 12 years. He established the scholarship to give back to his hometown community of Kern County and to support higher education.

To be eligible for the scholarship, a recipient must be a student-athlete at CSUB, a resident of Kern County, and exhibit financial need. A Bakersfield native, Chase graduated with a 4.2 GPA from Frontier High School, where he earned several awards for golf, baseball, and academic achievement.

The scholarship “makes life a little bit easier to not have to worry about paying for tuition and books because even though I’m living at home, … (I) take care of everything myself,” Chase said.

Chase’s parents, Troy and Pamela Goodvin, operate a courier service together. Though they attended some college, Chase said they did not finish their degrees. He plans to be the first in his family to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Chase said that even though baseball was always “his sport” growing up, he chose to focus on golf while in high school because it’s a mentally tough sport that requires a lot of practice and dedication. He also knew that excelling in athletics would help him go to college.

“My parents always told me they’ll help me out if I need it, but if I strived hard with my grades and decided to do a sport, it would make it easier on them. So I decided to buckle down on my books and practice hard so I could make life easier on them,” he said.

Chase received the award from Kevin Harvick himself during a fundraiser golf tournament on Nov. 9 at the Links at RiverLakes in Bakersfield. The second annual Happy’s Classic golf tournament benefited the Kevin Harvick Foundation’s charitable giving.

“It was pretty awesome (meeting him),” Chase said. “He seems like a nice guy. Just talking to him and one of his guys that helps him out, it’s amazing how much traveling he does and how much he gives back.”

For more information about the Kevin Harvick Foundation, visit kevinharvickfoundation.org.

About the Kevin Harvick Foundation:
Established in 2010 by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick and his wife, DeLana, the mission of the Kevin Harvick Foundation (KHF) is to support programs that positively enrich the lives of children throughout the United States. The foundation works to not only improve the quality of life, but to help underprivileged youth find and realize their dreams by supporting programs such as the Kevin Harvick Athletic Scholarship Fund at California State University, Bakersfield, a camper cabin at Victory Junction, Baptist Children’s Homes of NC, Boys & Girls Clubs and Kevin’s Krew.

– Jennifer Burger, CSUB Public Affairs Coordinator