February 12, 2007

Outstanding students presented with faculty-supported scholarships

Only a small number of students are chosen to go to the head of the class, but this year there’s room for a few more.

This year’s Faculty Endowment for Student Scholarship will present an unprecedented 15 students with the awards at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 in the University Union's Hinde Auditorium.

“We usually present four awards,” says George Paganelis, chair of the Faculty Endowment for Student Scholarships committee, “but the University received an endowment from the Faurot Fund—established by the late philosophy professor Jean Faurot—specifically to supplement the Faculty Endowment for Student Scholarships in order to offer more awards. The interest earned from the Faurot Fund was made available this year.

“Professor Faurot’s bequest speaks to the faith he had in the promise of our students and sets a shining example of the active role faculty can take in the endowment to ensure its long-term vitality,” says Paganelis.

The Faculty Senate makes the selection from a pool of students, nominated by University faculty, who are eligible for the scholarship by maintaining an excellent GPA in both their discipline and overall. Also included in the considerations are the students’ service and contributions on campus, off campus or both. The awards are given to a minimum of three undergraduate students and at least one post-baccalaureate student.

“It’s so gratifying for the faculty to be able to give scholarships to these students,” says Michael Fitzgerald, chair of the Faculty Senate. “We’d like to see the campus community attend this event and show their support for the students who earned the awards.”

The scholarship awards are a cash prize equal to the cost of registration fees for one semester. The funds are generated from annual contributions from faculty and funds generated by the Faculty Endowment for Student Scholarships Fund.

At the ceremony, the faculty member who nominated the student for the award will make a brief statement about the student they chose. After the remarks, the student will receive the award. A reception in the University Center Restaurant will immediately follow the awards ceremony.

For more information, contact the Faculty Senate office at 278-6593 or visit www.csus.edu/acse.

Media assistance is available by contacting the Sacramento State Public Affairs office at 278-6156.