Cal State Fullerton has a record number of President's Scholars, totaling more than $120,000 in scholarships, university President Milton Gordon announced Thursday in his convocation address.
Twenty scholars were selected for the school year, compared to the usual 10 to 12, because of the students' outstanding academic records--two were National Merit scholars--and the fact that more money was raised for the scholarships. That brings the total number of President's Scholars on campus to 60.
The funds come from endowments and fund-raisers. About a third of the scholarships are fully endowed.
The President's Scholars program was established in 1979 to recognize and attract a select group of academically accomplished students from the region's high schools.
The scholarships cover all fees if students maintain a minimum 3.5 grade-point average and contribute to university and community activities.
Gordon also cited other university achievements, including increased enrollment, expanded faculty and renovated facilities.
"It is my goal for this university, as we enter the next millennium, that it become recognized as the best public comprehensive university in the nation," Gordon said.