2018 Awardees

  • Kaylena Man

    Major: Psychology

    “On the morning of my 18th birthday I received the best present ever - a call informing me that I had been selected as a President’s Scholar. I was immediately humbled and near tears. This is such a huge honor and I am so grateful to be included with the other students and staff involved with the President’s Scholar Program. This scholarship is also such a blessing for my family financially, so I hope that I can make them proud. CSU Channel Islands has always held a special place in my heart. I first fell in love with the campus during a triathlon a long time ago before college was even on my radar. Since then so many things have kept this university on my mind such as working with Casa Pacifica and talking to friends who already attend Channel Islands. I was fortunate to have gone to a high school where I not only could thrive academically, but could also have the freedom to pursue my many interests. Without those experiences, I don't know if I would have ended up here, but I am beyond grateful to have the amazing opportunity to grow and learn in this environment. Serving others is a huge part of who I am, so having the chance to be a President’s Scholar means the world to me. I know I can make a difference here and I am confident that I will become the best person possible. I am so lucky to call this gorgeous campus my home and I am already in awe of the genuinely caring faculty and the diversity of students. My short time here has exceeded my expectations and I couldn’t be happier. I am forever grateful and so excited for my future journey here at CSU Channel Islands.”

  • Sabrina Shaboti

    Major: Nursing

    "Living only 25 minutes away from CSU Channel Islands, I overlooked all the potential I had here and the university as a whole. It wasn’t until I began my college hunt that I realized CSUCI was the place for me. Not only did it offer my major, nursing, but the CSUCI nursing program was ranked #12 in all of California. CSUCI is enabling me to accomplish my dreams of becoming a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. I was already impressed at the high rankings of the nursing program, imagine how impressed I was by the campus itself. With the small class sizes, new state of the art buildings and technology, and the abundance of fresh air and greenery, what’s not to love? Now that I am enrolled, I’m even more certain that I made the right choice by coming to CSUCI. Immediately, I felt that this campus has something special to offer. A campus this size may seem small and mundane, but the size actually creates a feeling of family and a sense of belonging. The majority of universities have a student body in the tens of thousands and above. Here at CSUCI, I am not another name on the roll sheet for for my professors. Instead, they actually take the time to understand us as a student and as individuals. As a freshman I realize it’s too soon to appreciate all this university has to offer me. However, I can understand the honor of being a President’s Scholar. I am forever grateful to the President’s Scholar committee for this prestigious distinction. I would just like to thank my family, friends, and the university for their support! I am excited to continue my journey here at CSUCI! Go Dolphins! "

2017 Awardees

  • Alyssa Ayudante

    Major: Chemistry, Biochemistry Option

    "Living only fifteen minutes away, I was no stranger to CSU Channel Islands. I was so close to CI, in fact, that I almost overlooked it. Like most high school seniors, I was struggling to choose a university that was a perfect fit for me. I was fortunate enough to have two state universities offer to fund my pursuit of a higher education through scholarships. Being selected as a Presidential Scholar for CSU Channel Islands was not only a financial blessing, but a sigh of relief. It made me realize what I was looking for was only a short drive away. Channel Island’s enthusiasm for learning and dedication to its students makes this university unlike the rest. Due to the intimate class sizes and attentive professors, students are exposed to an environment that encourages academic growth. Channel Islands puts its students first. I don’t feel as if my only purpose is to fill a seat in a classroom. Professors are willing to invest time and effort into us because they care. I consider myself extremely lucky to be a part of a campus that supports and inspires its students to reach bigger. As I start my first semester at Channel Islands, I have never been more confident that I made the right decision. I see with my own eyes that the sense of community exhibited by the students and faculty is this university’s most valuable asset. As I embrace this wonderful opportunity, I aim to represent Channel Islands with the same initiative and collaborative energy that embodies this beautiful campus."

  • Iris Perez

    Major: Communications

    "As a first generation college student, I didn’t know what to expect during my first year at CSU Channel Islands. I was filled with various emotions ranging from fear to excitement. Living only a couple minutes away from campus made my decision to attend CSUCI even more challenging. Although I can pleasantly say my first year has been only an affirmation to myself, and clear to those around me, that I made the best decision to become a Dolphin."

    CSUCI makes me feel part of a community much greater than a college campus. The environment is so welcoming one can’t help but feel like a member of the CI family. The faculty, staff, and students on campus all reflect an image that is beyond compare. We all work together to make our educational pathway to our lifelong careers the greatest it can possibly be. CSUCI offers an abundance of support programs that make it possible for all students at CSUCI to succeed beyond one’s expectations. In just one academic school year I’ve meet many new people, explored different majors, gained a great deal of new knowledge, began my own campus club, and much more. I am thrilled to see what the upcoming years at CSUCI have in store for me, as I already envision them to be exceptional."

2016 Awardee

  • David Figg

    Major: Business

    "Because I lived in Oxnard my whole life, Channel Islands seemed too close to home to have a large influence on my college choice. Looking back, I should have never doubted the University by the sea. With a very close knitted community, Channel Islands feels like home from the very start. Never once have I felt intimidated by any peer or teacher. Channel Islands is a place to bloom into the independent student I aspire to be. With a multicultural approach and integrated learning, I feel CI creates a well-rounded student that is ready to face real world quandaries. Besides the interesting and involved courses, there are faculty who are caring of student’s academic affairs and futures. Not to mention how beautiful the campus is. Surrounded by rolling hills and amazing sunsets, Channel Islands creates a unique environment that motivates and inspires."

2015 Awardees

  • Noelle Abe

    Major: Computer Science

    "Studying here at CSU Channel Islands has been a blessing, and I am so grateful for all the opportunities I have been given to succeed. Every semester has brought a new set of challenges for me, from navigating difficult classes to navigating a different culture, and each one has helped me to grow. One of the highlights of the past four years has undoubtedly been studying abroad in England, and without the support of the university, I would not have benefited from such an amazing experience. I have seen firsthand how much the faculty and staff here truly care about the students, and how hard they work to prepare us for our futures. There’s something special about CSU Channel Islands, and I’m glad that I was able to be a part of it."

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    Paisley Meir

    Major: English

    "When I started my college search I had no idea what to expect, let alone what I wanted out of a university. I, along with my parents, embarked on the long and fearful hunt for the perfect college: however, my hunt was cut short. From the moment I stepped onto CI's beautiful campus, I knew I was home. When I stepped out of the car and felt the cool Camarillo wind, I knew right then that this was the place that was not only going to be my "school," but that was also going to be the place where I grow and turn into the person I am supposed to be. As Martin Buber said, we have moments and experiences in our lives that we can't fully explain, otherwise known as "I-Thou” moments, and walking onto campus for me, was one of those indescribable moments that just felt like home. Unlike at most Universities, I am not just a number here. I am a person who the faculty and students actually take the time to both teach and get to know, which in my opinion, is one of the most important aspects a school could have. In my short time here, I have already created a home, and formed a family with not only my peers, co-workers, and professors, but also with all of CI. As a Freshman, I realize that I have not even started to fully understand everything that CI has to offer me, but what I do know is that we are family, and what more could I ask for from a school?"