Cal Poly Pomona student Alisa Savanna Carithers has been awarded a $3,000 Hearst/CSU Trustee Scholarship for outstanding academic performance and overcoming obstacles that would deter many from pursuing an education.
Carithers, a senior anthropology major, commuted to school in her freshman year by taking four buses and two trains. Later, the Montclair resident helped support her family by working two jobs while attending school full time. After graduation, she plans to pursue a master's degree in anthropology and enter the field of archeology.
She currently belongs to Phi Gamma Mu, a social science honors society, and works at an educational center by assisting in its reading program. She also has aided the homeless and low-income families by serving them on Thanksgiving Day.
The William Randolph Hearst Award is given to economically disadvantaged students who excel in academics despite personal hardships and give back to their communities. Considered one of the highest forms of recognition in the CSU, the award is given to one student at each of the system's 23 campuses.
For more information about the award, visit www.calstate.edu/foundation/hearst/.