David and Tracy Beauchamp
Tracy and David Beauchamp discovered Long Beach State through their daughter’s Orange County high school counselor. Thrilled with their daughter’s first-year college experience, they pledged a significant gift to the General Scholarship Fund. Subsequently, Vice President Doug Robinson asked the Beauchamps if they would consider their gift as a challenge to encourage others to give to the GSF. Their positive response persuaded Jon and Pam Regnier to join the growing interest in the GSF. The first GSF recipients will be announced in the next issue of In Touch.
Rotary Club of Long Beach continues to build on nearly five decades of support for CSULB. Currently, 15 students in various phases of their higher education careers can proudly call themselves Rotary Scholars. The Rotary Club selects students from various Long Beach high schools as they enter their first year of college. Rotary also works with the Center for Scholarship Information to identify Long Beach high school graduates who might have missed applying for scholarship support early in their college career. Alumni Cam Killingsworth and Frank Newell, along with CSULB friends Jerry Lane and Craig Dougherty, have marshaled the Millennial Scholarship effort through the Rotary Club of Long Beach’s Foundation.
In 2006, 25 students from disciplines as diverse as accounting, French, nursing and professional studies were awarded $2,000 each, for a total of $50,000 distributed from the Bernard Osher Reentry Scholarship Fund. Some of the scholarship recipients were eloquent in their applications for an Osher Reentry Scholarship:
I began college 13 years ago with no direction. I couldn’t even visualize the possibilities of attaining a degree. I paused out of college and took a risk 10 years ago. I began working with an amazing group of children with emotional disabilities. These children bring out my potential as an educator. Every day I look forward to applying strategies that will create positive impacts in their lives. Their stories are what drove me to return to college…with a new outlook of making a difference in my life and theirs.
I returned to school because ultimately I need to achieve my personal goal of completing my BS in finance. At 34, I am not a “spring chicken” anymore and I understand that it’s now or never. My BS in finance will be a platform for law school in the near future.