Contact: Pat Lopes Harris, (408) 656-6999
The California State University has selected 23 extraordinary students who overcame profound personal hardships as the 2012 William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement recipients. This includes kinesiology major Erin Enguero, who was named the Trustee William Hauck Scholar. She will receive $4,000.
When Enguero was diagnosed with bilateral genetic hearing loss, she learned how to transform her social insecurities into positive energy which led to success in the classroom and involvement in student activities.
In spring 2011, Erin shared her story with the Fremont Unified School Board and was twice awarded the Sertoma Scholarship for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Erin then successfully lobbied for support from the Department of Rehabilitation for the proper assistive hearing device to help her pursue a college education.
As a second-year kinesiology major at SJSU, Erin has been active in the department’s activities and its five campus clubs. She now serves as co-treasurer for the Pre-Physical Therapy Club. Erin has a 4.0 GPA and is currently working at the SJSU Student Health Center as a physical therapy aide to gain valuable insight and experience for graduate school.
Erin looks forward to earning a doctoral degree in physical therapy. She also hopes to write a book about her hearing impaired adventures.