kimberly perkins memorial endowment

The Kimberly Perkins Endowed Award for Dedication to Academic Excellence honors the life and extraordinary courage of a remarkable young woman

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Kimberly was a loving daughter, sister, niece, and proud Titan. Refusing to allow a cancer diagnosis to keep her from achieving her dream of becoming a teacher, Kimberly scheduled treatments around classes and completed coursework from her hospital bed. She passed away in 2003 with only a semester left to complete her degree. The determination and positivity Kimberly demonstrated throughout her battle with cancer continues to inspire the friends she made and faculty she encountered during her time at Cal State Fullerton. Learn more about Kimberly here or read a moving speech on her journey.

The Kimberly Perkins Award provides funds to CSUF students who exemplify Kimberly’s academic excellence and perseverance. It is made possible by the generosity of the Perkins family as well as friends who have donated to honor Kimberly’s memory.

To make a donation, please contact Liz Eastin, College of Health and Human Development Director of Development, at (657) 278-5466 or  eeastin@fullerton.edu.   You can also donate online here.

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Application Information

 Amount: $2,000 (subject to funding)

Established by: This award is funded by the parents of Kimberly Perkins to honor her memory and recognize students for their continued commitment to personal and professional development in challenging circumstances.

Open to: This award is open to current Child and Adolescent Development majors.

Criteria: Nomination

Application Procedure: 1) Confirm nominator (may be self or other-nominated); 2) Complete the application packet available in mid-spring from the Department of Child and Adolescent Studies, EC-503, (657) 278-8458.

Application Deadline: Early March – check department office for deadline

Past Recipients

2019
Stephanie Ingalls

2018
Tsz King Yiu

2017
Holly Poole

2016
Cynthia Zambrano

2015
Vanesa Serna

2014
Carrie Pierson

2013
Erin Hart

2012
Jaren Koelzer

2011
Ashanty Cruz

2010
Melissa Rivera

2009
Jennifer Myers

2008
Sedef Odemis

2007
Jia Xu
Shannon Rossall

2006
Sarah K. Prestidge

2005
Belinda Hall

2004
Tania N. Savoy

2003
Tracey Hughes

"I was so honored to receive the Kimberly Perkins Award. It was so lovely being able to meet Kimberly’s parents and learn more about her life. Receiving the award gave me a giant boost of confidence, and made me realize my disability cannot hold me back from anything I set my mind to. The money I obtained along with the award also had a huge impact on my life as I am using it to help me further my education. As well in the next year, or year in half, I am planning on  completing a course that will help me prepare for the CBEST and the CSET." - Stephanie Ingalls