Opportunities still available to support president’s scholarship fund


With graduation ceremonies now complete and his retirement just ahead later this summer, Cal State San Bernardino President Albert Karnig is still making a major push to help students at the university.

Karnig Gala 2012

From left, CSUSB President Albert Karnig, his wife, Marilyn, and Shelby and Chuck Obershaw at the gala May 12 honoring the Karnigs. Photo: Robert A. Whitehead/CSUSB

Together with his wife Marilyn, the retiring university president is challenging the community to continue to raise scholarship funds for deserving and needy CSUSB students.

The Karnig Scholarship Challenge is the product of a special retirement gala held in May honoring the Karnigs. Gala attendees and sponsors combined to raise more than $330,000 toward student scholarships, plus an additional $50,000 gift from the Karnigs.

Not to end the campaign there, President and Mrs. Karnig challenged friends of the university to raise additional scholarship funds, beginning with another $50,000 in matching funds from the Karnigs. The second $50,000 has since been matched – and more than doubled – with nearly $120,000. But the campaign continues, and to date, the effort has raised a total of more than $550,000.

“We’re delighted with the outpouring of kindness and generosity from the community to support students who have worked to attend college,” Karnig said. “Through these scholarships, there will be more students who will be able to come to CSUSB who otherwise might not have had the opportunity. The need for student financial assistance has never been more important, and Marilyn and I are especially thankful to everyone who has been a part of this remarkable effort.”

“We love Cal State San Bernardino and its students, and this scholarship fund is something that will truly benefit many more very deserving students in our communities by giving them a chance for a college education,” said Marilyn Karnig. “They are the future of the region and the state.”

More than 80 percent of Cal State San Bernardino students receive some form of financial aid, and scholarships help the university attract and retain deserving undergraduate and graduate students, and fulfill the promise of attaining a top-quality college education.

Proceeds from the Karnig Scholarship Challenge will support the CSUSB President’s Academic Excellence Scholarship program, which focuses on students who are in the top one percent of their high school class,  and a host of other donor-designated scholarships at the university.

To contribute to the Karnig Scholarship Challenge, visit the CSUSB Office of Development’s donations webpage and select Karnig Scholarship Challenge in the drop-down menu. Donations can be made online through the website’s secure server or by sending a check in the name of the scholarship to the CSUSB Office of Development,5500 University Parkway,San Bernardino,Calif.,92407.

For information or to make a telephone pledge, call the University Advancement office at (909) 537-5006.

For more information on Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu.