Daniel Wambua sits in the Mothe lab as he explains how scholarships have changed his life

Daniel Wambua

At CSUSM, scholarships play an important role in fulfilling dreams and transforming students. In this video, you will hear the story of Daniel Wambua. As the recipient of the Lawrence E. and Neva B. Fenstermaker Foundation Scholarship and J. Douglas and Marian R. Pardee Scholarship, he worked in the infectious disease lab at CSUSM conducting undergraduate research. Daniel studied the immune system's response to viral infections such as AIDS and tuberculosis. He recently graduated with an impressive 3.9 GPA, and this fall he began a doctoral program at Harvard Medical School and plans to continue his research in disease prevention.
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Caity Villarrealstands on Mangrum Track and Soccer Field and explains how scholarships have changed his life

Caity Villarreal

At CSUSM, scholarships play an important role in fulfilling dreams and transforming students. In this video, you will hear the story of Caity Villarreal. Caity is the recipient of the Bob Mangrum Student Athlete Scholarship and studies business. She is also a two-time national cross country champion and currently campus record holder for the 5K. The support and encouragement she receives from Bob and Ruth Mangrum continues to drive Caity in all that she does. After she finishes her senior year and competes for a third national title, she plans to work for a local nonprofit to help others.
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Joseph Fortin sits outside the CSUSM Veteran's Center as he explains how scholarships have changed his life

Joseph Fortin

At CSUSM, scholarships play an important role in fulfilling dreams and transforming students. In this video, you will hear the story of Joseph Fortin. He is the recipient of the Lt. Colonel A.J. Pack Veterans Scholarship. While serving on deployment in the desert of Iraq, U.S. Marine Corps Master Sergeant Joseph Fortin applied for admission to CSUSM using a military satellite phone. Joseph is currently studying psychology; and after he graduates in the fall, he plans to return to active duty as a counselor to help his fellow Marines afflicted with PTSD and stress-related injuries.
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