Engineering student overcomes odds, wins CSU Trustee Award

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Engineering student overcomes odds, wins CSU Trustee Award

Growing up in a rough neighborhood in Kansas City, Missouri, Tranicé Warner was always encouraged by her mother to take her education and personal development seriously. Warner’s mother often worked three jobs to make ends meet. With this example, Warner was determined to excel in education and graduated as valedictorian of her high school.

“Although the circumstances of my upbringing were unfortunate, I learned early on in life the importance of independence, perseverance and academic excellence,” Warner said.

Today, the CSU Board of Trustees announced Warner, now a civil engineering major at Fresno State, as one of 24 students to receive the 2016 CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement. Warner was named the 2016 Trustee Emeritus Peter Mehas Scholar for her academic achievement and service to the community.

The CSU’s highest recognition of student achievement, the awards provide scholarships of $6,000 to $12,000 to CSU students who demonstrate superior academic performance, personal accomplishments, community service and financial need. The scholars include one student from each of the CSU’s 23 campuses, along with the top-scoring CSU-wide scholar.

“The accomplishments of these determined, bright and compassionate students are remarkable,” said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White, a Fresno State alumnus. “These scholarships will help them go on to accomplish even greater things for their campuses, communities and California’s future.”

Warner dedicated her academic pursuits to sustainability though the study of water resources and geotechnical engineering. She was accepted into the Husband-Boeing Honors Program in the Lyles College of Engineering at Fresno State, and she is exploring ground water subsidence in the Central Valley to help develop an artificial aquifer recharge method unique to the area’s geotechnical conditions.

Warner is also passionate about serving the Fresno community. She leads science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) outreach programs for minority students through her membership in the National Society of Black Engineers. After completing her undergraduate degree, Warner plans to enter a doctoral program and open a consulting firm focusing on sustainable urban development systems.

The CSU Board of Trustees, CSU Foundation Board of Governors, faculty, students and staff will publicly recognize the scholars during the CSU Board of Trustees meeting on Sept. 20 at the CSU Chancellor’s Office in Long Beach.

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