The History of CSUB’s HESF & HSF’s
Joint Endowment Scholarship Collaborative
California State University, Bakersfield’s Hispanic Excellence Scholarship Fund (CSUB-HESF) is a campus based initiative, established in 1984 by CSU President Emeritus Dr. Tomás A. Arciniega (CSUB President 1983-2004) to increase access to a college education for academically excellent financially deserving underrepresented students who demonstrate leadership potential. CSUB-HESF is an important illustration of “Excellence at CSUB.” From a small, local scholarship program, CSUB-HESF had grown to become one of the premiere state university-based scholarship programs of its kind. Since 1984, CSUB-HESF had assisted over 1,700 local students pursue their dreams of higher education, disbursing over $3 million in scholarships.
Founded in 1975, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) empowers students and parents with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete a higher education, while providing support services and scholarships to as many exceptional students, Scholars, and Alumni as possible. HSF strives to make college education a top priority for every family across the nation, mobilizing communities to proactively advance that goal—each individual, over a lifetime, in every way they can. HSF also seeks to give its Scholars all the tools they need to do well in their course work, graduate, enter, and excel in a profession, help lead our nation going forward, and mentor the generations to come. As one of the nation’s leading nonprofit organizations supporting higher education, HSF has awarded over $650 million in scholarships and provides a broad range of programs and support services for students, parents, HSF Scholars, and HSF Alumni.
California State University, Bakersfield’s local Hispanic Excellence Scholarship Fund (CSUB-HESF), in partnership with the national Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), in 2000 a joint endowment fund was established valued at over $600,000. A growing number of scholarships are now funded through this endowment collaborative. CSUB-HESF and HSF have formed a strong partnership, together we are leveraging our efforts to benefit students attending California State University, Bakersfield.
“Investing in young people, investing in our future”