Nursing student receives coveted CSU Trustees’ Award

CSU Chanel Islands News

Sept. 13, 2018 — While growing up in the Philippines, Nursing student Ma Theresa Quisao rarely had money for food.“The only money I had was to pay ‘jeepney’ drivers to get to school,” Quisao said. “At school some of my friends were nice and would help me with a sandwich.”Years later and half a world away, Quisao’s dedication to education has earned her a 2018 CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement.“It made me teary-eyed,” Quisao said. “Just to be able to attend Nursing school made me teary-eyed.”Each year, 23 students—one from each campus of the California State University system—are chosen for the university’s highest recognition of student achievement. Quisao represented CSUCI when she and the other scholars accepted their awards Sept. 11 at a public ceremony during the CSU Board of Trustees meeting in Long Beach.The Trustees’ Award comes with a donor-funded scholarship ranging from $6,000 to $12,000. Quisao’s scholarship comes from a generous donation from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.“These student scholars embody the leadership, diversity and academic excellence the California State University is known for,” said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. “They have traced unique paths to their goal of a higher education and serve as powerful examples to their families, communities and California. The awards will give these high-achieving and deserving students even more opportunities to attain their academic and career goals.”Setting an example for her nieces and nephews is exactly what Quisao wants to do. She wants them to know that even though they grew up in near-poverty, they, too, can attend college and pursue the career they’ve always wanted.For Quisao, it was always nursing.“I liked to play with dolls and fix them,” Quisao said. “I liked to babysit and care for people. Even if I don’t have the brains to be a nurse, I have the heart.” …

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