California State University, Stanislaus student Texas Keo, who has overcome poverty as well as personal and cultural barriers to pursue her higher education goals while dedicating herself to raising four younger sisters, has been named one of 19 recipients for a prestigious California State University scholarship.
Keo, who is 24 and in the University’s teaching credential program after having earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies in 2005, was selected as a recipient of the Ali C. Razi Scholarship in the William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees Award program for Outstanding Achievement in the 2006-07 academic year. Keo will join other scholarship recipients in receiving their awards at the Tuesday, September 19 CSU Board of Trustees meeting in Long Beach.
“This is another dream come true for me and will really open the next door to help me attain my goal of becoming a teacher,” Keo said. “I am so thankful to the wonderful support network of friends and community who have helped me get this far.”
The award provides $3,000 scholarships to students who have demonstrated financial need, experienced personal hardships and have attributes of merit including superior academic performance, exemplary community service and significant personal achievements.
Keo is studying to be an elementary school teacher and working in the CSU Stanislaus Child Development Center, with plans to earn a master’s degree in counseling. Since the death of her mother and jailing of her father, she has had to act as parent to her four younger siblings and cope with family differences about cultural traditions and expectations. Bilingual in Cambodian and English, she has volunteered at community elementary schools and hopes to become an effective teacher helping children gain the knowledge needed to succeed in life.
Note to Editors: Texas Keo is available to the media for interviews. Please contact Don Hansen at the number above to make arrangements.