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: Pre-Nursing

    "Since I could remember, attending a University has eternally been my central goal. Certainly not all my goals are academic but education is remarkably crucial to succeed, that it made attaining a degree my top priority. During my senior year of high school, the questions I most inquired were, "What do you plan to study?" and "What school will you attend?" I've always had a passion and desire to become a nurse but I never quite knew what school I would attend. I came across Cal State Channel Islands while searching "Top nursing university's in California," I was impressed with the beauty, diversity, academics and faculty. CSUCI had become my dream school and I quickly applied, got accepted, and immediately submitted my intent to enroll. Along this process I was applying to numerous scholarships, along with the ones offered by CI. At the moment I didn't realize I was applying for the Presidential Scholarship, although I'm delighted I did. Receiving the call from the Office of the President informing me that I was selected to be one of the President’s Scholars, was the greatest honor I have yet to receive in my lifetime. I am blessed to have the support of my school, family and, predominantly, God. I am proud to be a Dolphin and cannot wait to fulfill my goals at CSUCI."

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

    "All my life, the question was not if I would attend college but where I would attend college. When my dad told me about Channel Islands over the dinner table, a small part of me immediately relaxed, because I already knew that this was the right place for me. Not only were the class sizes small (perfect for a previously home-schooled student) and the campus close to my house, and with a new building dedicated to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), called Sierra Hall, was also being built. One of the first things that I noticed when I walked onto the campus was the greenness; there were plants everywhere! And, now that I'm attending classes, I appreciate the shade of the trees even more, especially during the warm months. My overall experience here at CI has been excellent. From the quality of education to the small class sizes to the white grand piano in Malibu Hall, this college feels as if it were tailored just for me. My three siblings all plan to learn at a higher level of education, so the President's Scholarship was an enormous blessing to us all. I am extremely honored to be the first California Resources Corporation President's Scholar. I look forward to growing as a person, through both leadership opportunities and community service."

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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?"

2014 Awardees

  • Molly Cook

    Major: Environmental Science & Resource Management

    "When it was time to apply for colleges I had planned to go to community college first. My counselor was appalled by my decision of community college and suggested that I go to CI instead. I had my doubts since I didn’t know much about CI. I had always seen a representative from the university at my high school’s college fairs but I had never been interested in attending before. I applied after deciding that the small class sizes and interdisciplinary approach would be a good match for me academically. I was accepted and I decided to see the campus. It was isolated but beautiful. I knew I made the right choice when I saw the campus. It was a surprise and honor to be chosen as a President’s Scholar. I know I will fully enjoy the next few years and I am proud to be a student at CI."

  • Madison Guynn

    Major: Early Childhood Studies

    Minor: Performing Arts

    “Even though I recently finished my third year at CI, I feel as though I am just getting started. I feel so blessed to have a scholarship that allows me so many opportunities. To begin, I absolutely love my Early Childhood Studies and Performing Arts programs. The faculty that I interact with daily are truly outstanding and have such a passion for education and my success as a student and future leader. One of my favorite experiences so far is being a part of the CI Sailing Club. Growing up in the desert, I had absolutely no experience with water sports. Now I know how to sail a boat and have raced against other colleges! CI has so much to offer: a beautiful campus, a passionate and diverse student population, knowledge professors, and a club for every interest. I have treasured my time here and look forward to a fourth year.”

  • Christian Ramos

    Major: Mathematics

    "All throughout high school, I had been dreading choosing a college to attend. It meant having to make a big decision about my future. As soon as I found Channel Islands, that big decision became an easy one. The environment here at CI is extremely welcoming, and it has what I like to call the "home town" feel. I grew up in Camarillo, and I've grown to love the tight community we have in our little town. Channel Islands is an extension of what I know best: friendly smiles, nurturing environments, and people who really care about each other. I can be immersed in all the diversity and creativity here while still feeling safe at home. Trust is an important thing that I need to have in order for me to truly be myself. I am confident that this university will not let me down when I put my trust in its staff, teachers, and fellow students to guide me. Receiving the Presidential Scholarship was a great honor, and it was a sign of immense trust. If President Rush and his committee can trust me enough to welcome me with generous, open arms, then I can certainly trust them and the university they represent. Channel Islands is so much more than a school that offers what I think I want. It's a community I can trust to guide me where I want to go, but also introduce to me various opportunities to explore passions I never knew I had. Surrounded by inspiring leaders, motivated students, and well-equipped staff, I am truly honored to be a part of this community."

2013 Awardees

  • Emily Hidalgo

    Major: Environmental Science & Resource Management

    "Sitting beneath a tree in the bell tower courtyard, I am reminded of just how fortunate I truly am. I am fortunate to not only be studying at the most beautiful campus in California but to have the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing community of intelligent minds, creative thinkers, and inspiring leaders. I can't help but feel a sense of elation each time I walk along the tree-lined paths on my way to class each day. Some may believe that choosing to apply to only one college in a state with so many, is somewhat unconventional, not to mention pretty uncommon. However, thinking back I remember feeling as though this decision was inherent and I know it now to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. Just driving to campus my very first time, I quickly developed a connection to and admiration for the beauty of the campus's natural surroundings. From that point on, I knew it was the right place for me. To have the immensely generous opportunity that I have, and to feel the way that I do about this university is more than I could have ever dreamed. As I take my first steps into this next chapter of my life, I am beyond proud and incredibly honored to be taking those steps at CSU Channel Islands. My only hope is to continue to follow my passions and allow them to lead me to not only make others proud, but to make a difference. To have the incredible opportunity to do just that in a place that I admire so much is what I am truly grateful for. A hero of mine once said, "We are all called to do something with our lives." At CSU Channel Islands, I am confident that I will find that calling."

  • Nathan Porter

    Major: English

    Minor: Economics and Business Management

    "When I first started applying for colleges I had no idea which school I wanted to go to. However, I had heard many great things about the CSUs so I applied to many of them, especially those nearby to my hometown of Simi Valley. The first time I came to Channel Islands, I immediately I fell in love. I loved the mission style architecture, as well as the natural beauty of the entire campus. The fact that it is close to the beach was definitely a plus, but in my list of reasoning, there were so many other things going for it that the beach part was nearly negligible. What really caught my attention was the way that the school was designed as an institution, as well as its mission statement. It is a school truly based around the well-being and success of its students. The small class sizes are awesome and the professors legitimately care about their students and take the time to have open office hours just so students can come in and ask for help. I saw Channel Islands as a way to get a strong education and not only that, but a place where I could truly enjoy achieving it. Ultimately when I learned I had received the honor of being a President's Scholar I was ecstatic. For my parents and I not having college debt was a large issue and although Channel Islands is inexpensive, the scholarship was truly a blessing from God. I am grateful for every minute that I have spent with CI, and am truly proud and honored to be a graduated President's Scholar of California State University Channel Islands."

  • Olivia Springfield

    Major: Biology

    "The first thing that interested me about Channel Islands was the name. Coming from San Diego I had never heard of the school before. By the time applications came around I had no idea what school I wanted to go to, but Channel Islands peeked my interest. It became one of my top choices to the many schools I applied. As a hopeful future medical student, I wanted a school that was not only strong academically but had a diverse, developed community as well. Channel Islands was the perfect combination of the two. As soon as I stepped on campus I felt like it was somewhere I could not only thrive academically but socially as well. It didn't feel like just another school I visited on my college road trip. This one felt like a place I could live. The small class sizes, amazing professors and faculty, as well as the diverse student body make it a pleasure to be here. Yet the thing that impressed me the most about Channel Islands was how personable and accessible the professors are. When I was trying to decide between Channel Islands and the much larger Institution of UCLA, I emailed the Channel Islands Chair of Biology, Dr. Denton. I asked her why should I choose Channel Islands over some of the more well known universities. She replied to me quickly, giving me a factual and unbiased answer. Now though what she said made me like the school a great deal, it was the fact that she emailed me back personally that made me love this school. It would not have been easy to receive such personal attention from someone in her position at a larger institution. I enjoy that my professors are teaching because they are passionate about the material and want you to be passionate about it too. I know that this will not just be a school for me but a home. I have full faith that Channel Islands will prepare me both for medical school and to be an active member of a community. Being chosen as a President's Scholar is such a great honor. I still cannot believe it! I am ecstatic about seeing the amazing things this university and student body can accomplish. I am proud to call myself a Dolphin!"