Michael L. Drake of Cypress has been named a President’s Scholar with the incoming freshman class at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), and as such he has been awarded a full, four-year scholarship from the campus worth $58,000.
The CSULB President’s Scholars Program was created in 1995 in an effort to bring valedictorians and national scholars from California high schools to CSULB. It is recognized as the premier program of its kind in the state, and more than 1,100 students from 42 of California’s 58 counties have been chosen for the program since its inception.
The son of Hokilani Drake of Cypress, Drake was a valedictorian in this year’s graduating class at Cypress High School.
“The President’s Scholars Program at Cal State Long Beach attracts some of the brightest and most academically talented high school graduates in California,” said CSULB President Jane Close Conoley. “The program is extremely competitive. Each year, we receive hundreds of applications for these scholarships, but only 25 students are selected to be part of this incoming group of scholastically outstanding individuals.”
Orientation for the incoming class of President’s Scholars will be held on Friday, June 19. Classes at the university will begin on Aug. 24.
Drake was selected for the program from an applicant pool of more than 800 students statewide. At CSULB, he is planning to major in biomedical and clinical engineering with hopes of becoming a biomedical engineer.
“California State University, Long Beach has been a fixture in my life since I was born. Both of my parents are CSULB alumni, and I have spent many years around the campus whether it was feeding the koi fish in the Japanese Garden or working in a lab building a rocket,” Drake wrote in his application essay. “The university has already played a vital role in my life, and I look forward to my continued involvement with the CSULB community.”
About Valedictorian Drake
At Cypress High, Drake received an AP Scholar Award with honor, and he was a two-year member of the California Scholarship Federation, serving as treasurer his senior year. He was also a two-year member of the National Honor Society and a four-year member of the Robotics Club. Outside of school, Drake is active with the Boy Scouts, having achieved Eagle Scout status in 2012. He also served as senior patrol leader for Troop 642 in 2012-13 and then moved up to junior assistant scoutmaster of Troop 642 in 2014.
As a junior, Drake’s physics teacher introduced him to the Experimental Sounding Rocket Association, which worked with engineering students at CSULB. He helped design and build a rocket that would eventually reach 25,000 feet. He also completed a four-week internship with element Materials Technology, Inc., to familiarize himself with the technical aspect of analyzing materials.
As a President’s Scholar, Drake will attend CSULB on a full scholarship, which covers tuition, student fees, an annual book stipend and paid housing in the campus residence halls for four years. In addition, scholars receive priority registration, personalized advising, guaranteed acceptance to the University Honors Program and the opportunity for international study abroad and more.
To be eligible for the CSULB President ‘s Scholars Program, students must be a senior class valedictorian, ranked No. 1 at their high school, a National Merit finalist or semi-finalist, a National Achievement Scholar or a National Hispanic Recognition Scholar.
“These academically talented students add a great deal to the stature of the university through their academic pursuits in research, academic competitions and other activities,” explained Valerie Bordeaux, director of the CSULB President’s Scholars Program. “They also perform thousands of hours of community service and are outstanding representatives of the university wherever they go.”
About Cal State Long Beach
CSULB is a large, comprehensive urban university with more than 36,500 students, making it one of the largest campuses in California. It is a diverse, student-centered, globally engaged university that provides highly valued degrees through superior teaching, research, scholarly and creative activity, and a commitment to service. The campus has consistently been ranked among the top five public universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report and has been recognized as a “Best Value” university by both The Princeton Review and Kiplinger Personal Finance magazine because of its high-quality education at an affordable cost.
The article above was released by California State University at Long Beach.