CSULB students Kacee Bunton and Jennifer Osborne are recipients of the Dorothy de Araujo Memorial Scholarship, named after the staff emerita and alumna who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 tragedy while flying to California from Boston.
The $1,000 scholarships, awarded by the Staff Emeriti Association with financial support from the Schools First Federal Credit Union, are available to CSULB students whose parents or grandparents are employees or staff retirees of the university and its auxiliaries. This year, the scholarships were opened to CSULB staff members.
Bunton, a 2009 CSULB graduate who is studying to complete her teaching credential in 2011, is the daughter of Greg Bunton, an equipment technician in the Department of Kinesiology.
“It’s hard to express completely through words the sense of appreciation and gratitude I feel in receiving this scholar-ship,” said Bunton. “In receiving such a generous amount of money, my first thought was solely to honor the life lost that led to the creation of this scholarship and to celebrate those we have lost and those who are still in my life.”
Osborne, the scholarship’s first staff recipient, is an academic advisor in the CSULB University Center for Undergraduate Advising. Having earned her bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from CSULB in 2001 and a master’s degree in counseling for higher education from Cal State Northridge in 2006, Osborne will use the scholarship to help fund her studies as an Ed.D. candidate in CSULB’s educational leadership program. She plans to complete the doctorate in 2013.
“I have never felt more honored in my life than when I received the phone call that I was chosen,” Osborne said. “The past year, 2009, was a very difficult year for both me and my husband. Being chosen as the recipient has helped me to realize that there is light at the end of the tunnel. I plan to use the money to purchase my textbooks and a new laptop. I can’t wait to finally retire my 12-year-old computer that chooses to turn on when it wants to. This scholarship means so much to me.”
De Araujo worked as a business affairs office secretary at CSULB from 1959-83. Before earning her BFA degree in drawing and painting from CSULB at 72, she was already an accomplished artist with works exhibited throughout the U.S. and in private collections in Brazil and Sweden.