CSUSM Student Receives CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement

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CSUSM student Emily Snow with CSU officials

Pictured: Liberal Studies major Emily Snow overcame many obstacles and personal challenges to find success at CSUSM. Yesterday she was honored with a 2013/14 CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement. From left to right: CSU Board of Trustees Chair Robert Linscheid, Trustee Emeritus Ali C. Razi, Emily Snow and CSU Chancellor Timothy White.

Emily Snow, a first-generation college student majoring in liberal studies at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), was named one of 23 California State University (CSU) students to receive the 2013/14 CSU Trustess’ Award for Outstanding Achievement.

The CSU Trustees’ Awards are among the highest student distinctions within the CSU system and are accompanied by scholarships to those who have a demonstrated financial need, experienced personal hardships and have attributes of merit including superior academic performance, exemplary community service and significant personal achievements.

Overcoming the Odds

One of eight children, Emily overcame many traumatic childhood experiences, including the divorce of her parents and her mother's subsequent alcohol and drug addiction. Despite these challenges, she has always been committed to education. Emily earned an associate’s degree in liberal studies and is currently pursuing a bachelor's in the same subject with an emphasis in arts and education with an integrated teaching credential at CSUSM.

A member of the dean's list, Emily enjoys giving back through community service and volunteering. She is a member of the CSU San Marcos women's lacrosse team and the assistant coach of the women's varsity lacrosse team at a local high school.

“When I think about my personal history, I know that each event in my life has shaped me into the person I am today,” reflected Emily, who says the scholarship has relieved the financial stress of attending college, allowing her to focus on her classes. “Life can beat you down, but it doesn't beat the life out of you. So when things don't go my way, I pick myself up, dust myself off and continue on, making sure I avoid anything that can get in my way.”

Upon completion of her bachelor's degree and credential certification, she looks forward to earning a master's degree at CSU San Marcos and a doctorate in education at UC San Diego.

For more information about Emily and the 22 other awardees, visit the CSU Trustee Awards website: http://www.calstate.edu/foundation/trusteesawards/

About California State University San Marcos
California State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. 85 percent of CSUSM’s alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is fifteen miles east of the ocean; just thirty miles north of downtown San Diego.