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Grad Student Receives Top CSU Award

A public policy graduate student has received the 2021 California State University Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement.

A Cal Poly public policy graduate student from San Francisco has received a 2021 California State University Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement — CSU’s highest award for students.

Christine Lam, 22, was selected as Cal Poly’s awardee, the Trustee Wenda Fong and Daniel Fetterly Scholar, for her academic performance, personal accomplishments, community service and financial need. She will receive a $6,000 Trustees’ Award scholarship as part of her recognition.

Lam, who was selected as a Panetta Congressional Intern, was inspired to pursue public service via her master’s program. She was a BEACoN Research Scholar and had internships with Northrop Grumman and Bay Area public organizations.

“I am honored to receive this award, because it ensures that I will be the first person in my family to graduate from college,” Lam said. “It means a lot to me, since it shows how the sacrifices my parents made for me to pursue an education were worth it and because I will be able to focus more on my academics and personal goals instead of working to pay for school.”

The Outstanding Achievement Awards are presented annually to one student from each of the CSU system’s 23 campuses. The California State University, the largest four-year public university system in the nation, served 486,000 students in 2020-21.

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