2019 Awardees

  • Sheradyn Ruef

    Major: Computer Science

    “As a fairly indecisive person, I thought committing to a college would be a struggle. I was shocked yet relieved when I realized how confident I was with my decision to go to Channel Islands. Every time I visit the campus I am reassured that I have made the right choice. On Dolphin Day, I immediately fell in love with the feeling of the campus, the welcoming and relaxed atmosphere, and the intimate class sizes. I thought starting college would be terrifying, but I’ve never felt more at home. The Presidential Scholarship Program has made the transition into college easier by offering so much support, amazing opportunities, and by connecting me with so many resources across campus. This scholarship is such a blessing and has allowed me to get an education that I might not otherwise be able to afford. I am so excited to be able to follow my aspirations to pursue a career in cybersecurity. For most of my life, I wanted to be a nutritionist until I discovered my passion for computer science in my high school IT class. Since coming to CI, my love of CS has only grown. When I found out that our school offers a minor in security, everything fell into place. It piqued my interest, and I knew that I could reach my goals of working in cybersecurity, and advocate for women in STEM. I feel like I can make an impact here because every student matters at Channel Islands. I truly believe everyone has a place here, and I’m so glad I’ve found mine as part of the CI family.”

  • Caleigh Tupy

    Major: English

    "When I first stepped onto the Channel Islands campus, a sense of peace and familiarity flooded over me. That was over a year ago, but that tranquility still sits with me today. Of course, that should be expected with all of the charming architecture and landscaping on campus, which serve as a reminder of our local heritage. This cultural “representation” is not limited to our physical surroundings, though. I have also witnessed it in action in various courses offered by the university. As an English major, I consider it an honor to be able to read about a wide array of cultures and customs. This has taught me more than I ever could have imagined when I applied to CSUCI just a couple of years ago. As I aspire to be a teacher myself, I plan to bring this inclusive environment with me to my own classroom. Moreover, having the honor of being a President’s Scholar allows me to focus on my studies without also having the anxiety of funding my education. Since community leaders have helped fund and facilitate my personal schooling journey, I hope to pay it forward through my own engagement with the community. Of course, this engagement will also benefit my journey, as it helps further my “education” in a non-academic setting. Stories are power, and volunteering in the community allows me to hear stories that might not otherwise be accessible. During a time of our lives marked by ambiguity, the one thing that I can be sure of is that I will only come out wiser and stronger when I graduate."


2018 Awardees

  • Kaylena Mann

    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. As a Junior, this is still 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 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 are Channel Islands alumni. I was fortunate to go to a high school where I could thrive academically while still having 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 for the amazing opportunity to grow and learn in this environment. It was truly meant to be. 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 constantly in awe of the genuinely caring faculty and the diversity of students. My time here has exceeded my expectations and I couldn’t be happier. I am forever grateful and so excited for my 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 was not 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 #8 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. I am forever grateful to the President’s Scholar committee for this prestigious distinction. I am excited to continue my journey here at CSUCI! Go Dolphins!

2017 Awardees

  • Alyssa Ayudante

    Major: Biology

    "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: Communication

    "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."

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