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New Graduate Scholarship Created for Guardian Scholars Program

Palmer Scholarship
Right to Left: Titan Alumnus Ron Davis joins Scholarship recipient Jason Darr and vice president for student affairs, Robert Palmer.
Jason Darr is the inaugural recipient of the Robert Palmer Guardian Scholar Scholarship

December 18, 2006 :: No. 100

Furthering the spirit of overcoming adversity and making a difference, Anaheim resident Jason Darr is the inaugural recipient of the Robert Palmer Guardian Scholar Scholarship at Cal State Fullerton.

Established by Guardian Scholars program founder and Titan alumnus Ronald V. Davis, the award is named for Robert L. Palmer, vice president for student affairs at Cal State Fullerton, and is presented to a Guardian Scholar entering a graduate program at CSUF in one of the helping professions.

Recipients receive $10,000 per school year for two years. Darr, who earned a bachelor’s degree in human services this year at CSUF, is now pursuing a master’s degree in counseling.

The first of its kind in the nation, the Guardian Scholars program encourages and supports promising and motivated young people who are exiting the foster care system and striving to earn a college degree.

During his undergraduate years, Darr was active in various student leadership roles on campus and in the community and has been involved with California Youth Connection, a statewide advocacy group focused on helping pass legislation for foster youth. As a peer mentor at Orangewood Children’s Foundation, Darr facilitated workshops for the Independent Living Program and is currently a state board member for Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) — for whom he has spoken at symposiums.

Photo: High-resolution photos of Jason Darr are available at

Media Contacts: Gail Matsunaga, Public Affairs, 657-278-4851 or

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