Carson, CA, March 30, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Miguel Torres has been awarded the 2010 Robert Hashimoto Memorial Scholarship. The Rancho Dominguez Alumni Association (RDAA) awards this scholarship annually to California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) student(s) that have a record of campus leadership, community involvement, and academic achievement. The proceeds can be used to pay tuition or purchase textbooks.
The Hashimoto Scholarship is funded by earnings from an endowment with the University’s Foundation. The endowment is invested in a conservative portfolio of bonds and stocks. RDAA established the scholarship in 2000 to honor the memory of Sigma Pi Fraternity Brother Robert Hashimoto. He was a CSUDH student studying business and accounting. Robert is remembered for being a positive force in the community while he attended college. Thus, one of the guiding principles of the scholarship is that students, who are a positive force for improving the community, should be recognized.
Alumni serving on the scholarship selection committee found it difficult to choose a winner. In addition to succeeding in their coursework, many applicants worked part time, were very involved with campus organizations, and volunteered off campus. It seemed clear that Miguel is involved to help others rather than just to build his resume. RDAA President David Parikh agreed noting that “I was also very impressed with all of the applicants. Unfortunately, our decision was harder because we did have not the financial flexibility to award more than one scholarship this year. We distribute earnings from the fund; and interest rates are currently very low.”
Miguel Torres is an Immigrant-American who wants to give back to his adopted country. His father was recently deported, and which means that Miguel and his step-mother are taking care of this three younger siblings. Miguel works as an apprentice electrician in Orange County to makes ends meet.
Despite his hardships, Miguel has achieved a great deal of academic success. After graduating from the prestigious California Academy of Math and Science, he chose to attend California State University Dominguez Hills. During his first semester, he achieved a nearly perfect GPA while taking challenging classes such as Calculus and Physics. He is majoring in physics with an emphasis on mathematics.
Miguel has volunteered at the California Academy of Mathematics and Science; and has helped introduce students to educational opportunities. His work is critical because many parents in our community are Spanish speakers and would have a tough time with the application process. He is also involved on campus with Espiritu an organization that helps immigrants attending college and Sigma Pi Fraternity.
He plans to have a career in electrical engineering and to continue helping fellow immigrants after he graduates from California State University at Dominguez Hills.