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Rohullah Latif — Leading by Example

Not long after Rohullah Latif '14 (B.S. mechanical engineering) was elected president and CEO of Associated Students Inc., he ran into a fellow student who asked him what he would do to help students who were struggling financially.

Latif thought about it that night, and the next morning he met with Jonathan Leggett, ASI vice president. Together they decided to give a portion of the scholarship money that came with their positions to create new scholarships. Before he graduated, Latif, who served on the board of governors of the Cal State Fullerton Philanthropic Foundation as its student representative, also donated to the Center for Oral and Public History.

"I wanted to set the precedent for other presidents and students to realize that they come here to learn and have fun, but they need to give back as well," said Latif.

Latif is currently working as a manufacturing engineer, trying to get his own company off the ground, filing a patent for a design on which he collaborated, participating in a regional engineering competition, and mulling over possibilities for graduate school.

"The way I look at it, I had to seize as many opportunities as I could to be successful. I had help along the way — professors, vice presidents, deans, even President García herself — everyone," explained Latif. "I'm proud to be a graduate of Cal State Fullerton, and I want to continue donating when I can. I also want to sit on the Philanthropic Foundation board again one day and give back to my University."

Latif was one of 500 seniors who participated in the University's Senior Gift program. This new program encourages graduating Titans to start a tradition of giving back to their alma mater, demonstrating their support of their Cal State Fullerton experience.

For more information about contributing through Annual Campaigns, contact Todd Fransen, senior director, annual campaigns and stewardship, at 657-278-8569.

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