The Forty-Niner Shops, an auxiliary of California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), will host its Fifth Annual Bowling for Books fundraiser on Friday, April 12, at Cal Bowl, 2500 E. Carson St., Lakewood.
The event, which runs from 1 to 6 p.m., is held each year to raise money for the 49er Textbook Scholarship, which helps students in need pay for textbooks and other course materials. The event schedule is registration from 1 to 2 p.m., bowling from 2 to 5 p.m., and an awards reception from 5 to 6 p.m.
“The Forty-Niner Shops was founded to support student success,” said CEO and General Manager Don Penrod, “and our scholarship program is a large part of that legacy.”
The Bowling for Books fundraiser began in 2009 when the rising costs of textbooks inspired the Forty-Niner Shops administration to consider new options for students who had a difficult time affording textbooks and course materials.
“This has affected my college career in a significant way because I was able to purchase all of my textbooks prior to the beginning of the semester rather than getting my textbooks throughout the first month of school,” said Nicole Wilson, a junior social work major from San Diego.
“This program has helped me purchase my textbooks and succeed in my classes,” said Jennifer Granillo, a junior health science major from La Mirada. “It was such a relief to not have to worry about the rising costs of textbooks this year. The fact that I had all the necessary textbooks for my classes really helped me focus on the material and study better. I don't think I would have done as well if it had not been for this scholarship program.”
With the past four tournaments cumulatively raising more than $224,000, this event has garnered much attention from the CSULB campus for its significant outreach to the students.
“It helped me so much to have that money available to me,” said Karina Rosales, a fourth-year computer engineering major from Palmdale. “I was able to pay for a very expensive psychology book for this past semester and I was also able to buy a book for my computer engineering classes.”
“As an upper-division business major, it is very important to be prepared for courses from day one,” said Harmony Walton, a fourth-year business major from Berkeley. “Receiving the scholarship meant that I was able to purchase all of the textbooks from the bookstore ahead of time. I definitely encourage other students to apply for this scholarship because the application was simple to complete and receiving the funds through the bookstore on campus was very easy.”
Each individual participating in the Bowling for Books event is encouraged to gather donations on behalf of the scholarship campaign. Individuals and teams that raise the most donations will be recognized at the tournament. Each team must consist of four members, and individuals without a team will be matched with others to complete one.
Textbook scholarships are available to CSULB students who have shown a financial need. A total of 75 scholarships will be awarded next year with each student receiving $500 to cover the cost of books.
The Forty-Niner Shops welcomes individuals from the university and Long Beach community to participate in this fundraiser. For more information about Bowling for Books or the 49er Textbook Scholarship, visit www.shopthebeach.com or contact Linda Welty at Linda.Welty@csulb.edu or 562/985-7700.