Sixteen undergraduate and graduate students from Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus were celebrated at the annual Rogers Scholarship reception held in the campus’s Indian Wells Theater on Oct. 5.

CSUSB Palm Desert Campus Dean Jake Zhu welcomed guests and introduced members of the Rogers family, who have been committed to providing scholarships to PDC students since 1994. Shari McMahan, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Cal State San Bernardino, thanked the Rogers family for their continued support of our students for so many years.

Each scholarship recipient received a special ring and gave a short speech to thank the Mary Stuart Rogers Foundation and those in their life who have contributed to their success.

 The 2021-22 Rogers Scholars are: 

  • Melisa Rose Agresor – nursing
  • Gabriela Rocio Barroso – liberal studies
  • Alix Del Rocio Garcia Cardenas – liberal studies, integrated track
  • Rumer Darrow – nursing
  • Jacqueline Esqueda – nursing
  • Karly Gonzalez – nursing
  • Alexis Molina Gonzalez – nursing
  • Stephanie Ramirez Gutierrez – nursing
  • Emily Elizabeth Hager – nursing
  • Lisa Halleck-Ellerbroek – liberal studies, integrated track
  • Nallely Herrera – nursing
  • Briana Marie Jandt – nursing
  • Mirka Janette Lino – graduate; multiple subject teaching credential
  • Luka Nikcevic – nursing
  • Alejandro Antonio Nunez, III – nursing
  • Beatriz Lopez Seym – liberal studies

The Mary Stuart Rogers Scholarship Fund was established to provide financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus. The recipients, called “Rogers Scholars,” must demonstrate a sincere commitment to their own personal growth, compile outstanding academic records, demonstrate leadership qualities and show a desire to serve their fellow students and communities. The scholarship is merit-based and only awarded to the top students at the campus.

Each year, the recipients of the scholarship are honored at a special reception where they meet John Rogers, the son of Mary Stuart Rogers, and his family. Since its establishment, the Rogers Scholarship has awarded close to $2 million to students at the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus.

The CSUSB Palm Desert Campus offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees, a doctorate in educational leadership, and teaching credentials and certificates. With more than 1,600 students, it is the Coachella Valley’s four-year public university and plays a vital role in educating and training the region’s growing population.

For more information about the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus, contact Mike Singer in the Office of Strategic Communication at or (760) 341-2883, ext. 78107, or visit the PDC website at