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Passionate blind singer wins another scholarship to keep pushing forward
CSU Stanislaus student Rachel Grider receives the William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees Award for Outstanding Achievement for her perfectly hit notes. - photo by Photo Contributed
CSU Stanislaus student Rachel Grider has not allowed her lack of sight to slow her down.  
On Tuesday, she was named a recipient of the William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement. Grider is one out of 23 people within the California State University system to win this award.  
The scholarship she received is given each year to students who show superior academic performance, personal accomplishments, community service, and financial need, according to the CSU Web site. The award is also given to recognize the students’ determination in overcoming personal hardships. Each of the students will receive a $3,000 scholarship.
“Rachel Grider is one of our truly inspiring success stories about what students can achieve through determination and dedication to their academic and personal goals,” said Hamid Shirvani, CSU Stanislaus president. “California State University, Stanislaus takes great pride in what Rachel has accomplished as a shining example of the outstanding students we have at this University.”  
As a junior at CSU Stanislaus, Grider has fed her passion for music by pursuing a double concentration in vocal performance and music composition.  Besides school, she is also active in church and community service activities.  She is currently volunteering at the Visually Impaired Persons Support Center in Modesto.  
With all her community service activities, Grider still manages to maintain a 3.57 GPA and continues to push herself academically along with her musical talents. In the past, she was a recipient of the CSU system-wide Dale M. Schoettler Scholarship for Visually Impaired Students.  
“My first two years at CSU Stanislaus have been exceptionally rewarding,” Grider said. “I have had the opportunity to experience the teaching of an extraordinary and dedicated faculty, and I know that I am being provided an education of the highest quality.”  
Grider plans on finishing up her bachelor of arts degree in Music and then head into graduate school. Her goal is to pursue a career as a teacher of voice or composition at the university level.  
“Rachel works really, really hard at everything she does and will be very successful if she chooses to be a performer or a musician as a career,” said Daniel Afonso, music professor at CSU Stanislaus. “She can sense a lot of things, so she’s learned to perceive the world in a different way.”
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