First recipient of the 2013 President Alexander and Gloria Gonzalez Public Service and Community Leadership Scholarship
For Katherine Williams, promoting mental health and suicide prevention is personal. It’s the driving motivation behind her academic success and her involvement with numerous community organizations taking aim at the issue.
Williams’ dedication to helping those in need led to her selection as the inaugural recipient of the President Alexander and Gloria Gonzalez Public Service and Community Leadership Scholarship. The Sacramento State junior was honored at the 2013 Green & Gold Gala: A Decade of Distinction, where she was presented with the scholarship that will cover tuition expenses for the 2013-14 school year.
A psychology major, Williams carries a 3.519 GPA and is a member of the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology. She is involved with the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Stop Stigma Sacramento—a campaign funded by California’s mental health tax that aims to decrease the stigma surrounding mental illness by having consumers and their parents speak about overcoming mental illness to live productive, healthy lives. Williams is also a peer health educator through the Active Minds club at Sacramento State, focusing on suicide prevention and educating others about mental health issues.
The President Alexander and Gloria Gonzalez Public Service and Community Leadership Scholarship was created in recognition of the couple’s decade of service to Sacramento State and the community, and to acknowledge a student’s accomplishments and aspirations to follow a career path that will also improve our communities and their citizens. The scholarship was funded by proceeds from the 2013 Green & Gold Gala.