By Cherae Hunt |Staff Writer|
Three of this years’ California State University graduates were awarded $10,000 scholarships to celebrate three million living alumni.
The winners of the scholarship are Paul Gomez of CSU Los Angeles, Gordon Jones of CSU Northridge and Dana Stemig of San Jose State and CSU Stanislaus. They were randomly selected from thousands of entries on CSU’s digital Class of Three Million Yearbook, according to an article in The Sun.
“Wow that’s amazing! I am graduating this year and it is really exciting I’m going to be one of those three million alumni,” said student Cecily Blisten.
Scholarships may be used for furthering their education, the award can be used at any accredited higher education institution, or donated to a CSU campus to support students.
The scholarships were sponsored by Herff Jones, a company which sells educational achievement products, such as caps, gowns and class rings.
The celebration of three million alumni began in October 2014, and will continue through June with the graduation of 10,000 students.
“It’s really nice to see these young adults go from freshmen to seniors and finally figuring out what they want to do,” said CSUSB staff member Cliff Bradshaw.
“One in 20 Americans with a college degree earned that degree at the CSU. The positive contributions of the CSU alumni family to California, the nation, and the world simply cannot be overstated,” said Aaron Moore, director of advancement at the CSU Chancellor’s Office in a statement to The Sun.