Cal State San Bernardino

SBS Social Work Student, Maria Ceja, Wins CSU Trustee Award

The CSU Board of Trustee, recently selected and honored social work student, Maria Ceja for the prestigious CSU Trustee Award. Ceja is a first-generation college student who cites her children as a key motivator for her success. Ceja, who received a $6,000 scholarship, works as an advocate for Project Sister Family Services, helping survivors of any type of abuse and sexual assault. Her ultimate goal is to earn a graduate degree in social work and continue to make a meaningful impact in the lives of others.

The CSU Board of Trustees, CSU Foundation Board of Governors, faculty, students and staff will publicly recognized Ceja during the CSU Board of Trustees meeting in Long Beach on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

“The accomplishments of these determined, bright and compassionate students are remarkable,” said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. “These scholarships will help them go on to accomplish even greater things in their campuses, communities and California’s future.”

The scholarship program was originally established by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation as an endowed scholarship fund to honor William Randolph Hearst, founder of the Hearst newspaper chain. In 1999, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation partnered with the CSU Board of Trustees to supplement the endowment with contributions from CSU Trustees and private donors.

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