Northridge, Calif. – One of the truly distinguished members of the Cal State Northridge Athletic Hall of Fame and legendary sportscaster Dick Enberg has committed a six-year pledge to provide post-graduate scholarships for CSUN student-athletes.
"For nearly 30 years, I have been the spokesman for the Academic All-America Program, honoring student-athletes throughout the United States who have distinguished themselves in the classroom and the athletic arena," according to Enberg. "These, in my opinion, are the 'crème de la crème' of our college students and are deserving of our full praise. In that spirit, I'm pleased to offer an annual graduate scholarship to the CSUN student-athlete who exemplifies what is the best of academic and athletic life on the CSUN campus. Hail to the Matadors."
"Dick Enberg is one of the many Matador fans who value the
strength of a quality education for our student-athletes," said
Dr. Brandon Martin, CSUN's Director of
Intercollegiate Athletics. "Dick has always shown a strong passion
for CSUN, and his scholarship contributions will bear strong
results for our student-athletes who will be able to pursue
graduate studies. The University is proud of Dick Enberg and his
many accomplishments as both an educator and a sportscaster."
Enberg served as an assistant baseball coach at then San Fernando Valley State College (now Cal State Northridge) from 1962-64, and also served as a professor of health education (1961-65).
Enberg also worked in the broadcast industry in the Los Angeles area to supplement his income as both a coach and professor.
Enberg's immense credentials over a period of more than 50 years in broadcasting include NFL and NCAA football, NBA and NCAA basketball, four Olympic Games, Wimbledon, the World Series, and the list goes on-and-on. Enberg is now the television broadcaster for the San Diego Padres.
Academics have played a major role in Enberg's career as both an educator and broadcaster. Because of his immense love of Cal State Northridge, Enberg has now given back to the University by donating post-graduate scholarships over the next six years to deserving CSUN student-athletes.
The qualifications will include a Matador student-athlete who has graduated with a cumulative GPA or 3.2 or better, was a four-year letter winner, and majored in either Education, Health & Human Development, Psychology, CTVA or Journalism. The post-graduate scholarship winner will also be a student-athlete who participates in community service and who meets the criteria for other national academic scholarships and awards.
"The team and individual championships are noteworthy, but
academic success is our prime directive," according to Dr.
Martin. "We are proud of the many academic awards, the
integrity, and the character that our student-athletes have
displayed in pursuit of success in the classroom and in the
community. The post-graduate scholarships that Dick Enberg is
providing will assist our student-athletes in their continued quest
for comprehensive excellence."