DOWNEY - Jon Tryby, of Downey, has begun his collegiate career as a member of the 15th incoming class of President's Scholars at Cal State Long Beach.As part of the program, Tryby has received a 4-year scholarship from the university worth nearly $50,000. Tryby, the son of Joyce Rosebrock of Downey, was a National Merit finalist last year at Whittier Christian High School in La Habra. He is planning to major in computer science. "Even after 15 years, the President's Scholars Program at Cal State Long Beach still attracts many of the brightest and most talented high school graduates in California, and I believe it will continue to do so for years to come," said CSULB president F. King Alexander. "Each year, we receive more than 500 applications from California valedictorians or National Merit scholars for these premier scholarships, and each year 50 new students are selected to be part of this incoming group of scholastically outstanding individuals." With the addition of this year's class, the total number of high school valedictorians and National Merit scholars currently studying at the Long Beach campus is 271. As a President's Scholar, Tryby is attending Cal State Long Beach on a full scholarship that covers general student fees, an annual book allowance and paid housing in the campus residence halls for four years. In addition, the scholars receive priority registration, personal academic counseling and more. The benefits are made possible through support from the CSULB Alumni Association, President's Associates and the Corporate Scholars Council. "Because of the efforts of hundreds of supporters who annually raise the necessary funds privately, we are able to offer these academically talented students a full scholarship and the opportunity to receive an outstanding education in a variety of academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level," Alexander said. "In return, they add a great deal to the stature of the university throughout their academic pursuits in research, academic competitions and other activities. "They also perform thousands of hours of community service and are solid representatives of the university wherever they go," he added.
********** Published: September 4, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 20