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Women and Philanthropy Program at California State University, Long Beach Awards 9 $2,000 Scholarships to Re-Entry Students

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Front row (l-r): Audrey Hauth, Michelle Del Aguila, Binh Nguyen, John Dinsmore and Rita Lamkin. Back row (l-r): Tracy Ponce, Duke Rescola, Diego Jarrin and Janet Rapaport.

For the ninth consecutive year, the Women and Philanthropy program at CSULB has awarded scholarships to re-entry students. This year, seven returning students each received financial support in the amount of $2,000.

The recipients (and majors) are Michelle Del Aguila (civil engineering); John Dinsmore (psychology), who received the Dr. Katherine White Memorial Scholarship; Diego Jarrin (criminal justice); Binh Nguyen (health science); Tracy Ponce (occupational studies), who received the Long Beach Soroptimist Scholarship; Janet Rapaport (interdisciplinary); and Duke Rescola (journalism).

“We are very happy to support these seven individuals in their efforts to continue their education,” said Barbara Holden, program director. “It’s a very diverse group and includes former military personnel who served in Iraq and Afganistan.”

To qualify for a scholarship, individuals must be an undergraduate, 25 years of age or older, presently enrolled in six or more units, have an overall grade point average of 2.5, and the ability to demonstrate financial need.

Women and Philanthropy was formed in 1998 to create opportunities for students who have demonstrated a commitment to academic success, an intellectual curiosity, and innovative spirit. Made up of alumnae, faculty, and friends of the university, members make financial contributions to the university to support scholarships, and volunteer their time on campus in areas corresponding to their individual interests.

Rita Lamkin, who received her bachelor's degree from CSULB, is the current chair. To date, 63 scholarships totaling $90,000 have been awarded, providing assistance to returning students who would otherwise find it difficult to complete their education.

For additional information regarding the scholarships or membership in Women and Philanthropy, call Holden at 562/985-4126.