Nine undergraduate students who demonstrated exceptional dedication and commitment to the CSUN VITA Clinic in 2018 were awarded the Bookstein VITA Scholarship during the annual Awards Banquet. The $1,000 scholarship awards are a product of the endowment created by Harriet and Harvey Bookstein for the benefit of the CSUN VITA Clinic in the fall of 2016.
The VITA endowment was part of a larger gift made by the Booksteins for the benefit of the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics. The $5 million investment prompted the renaming of Juniper Hall, home to the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics, to Bookstein Hall in October 2017. The generous gift pushed CSUN over the top in a two-year campaign to raise $25 million for the business college.
The gift is the latest of a host of generous gestures — from financial donations to teaching classes and mentoring students — the Booksteins have made to CSUN since they were students at the university nearly 50 years ago.
“There are few individuals who have had as profound an impact on CSUN and our students as Harvey and Harriet,” said CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison during a special ceremony marking the building’s naming. “Their initial gift to create the Bookstein Chair in Taxation was the first endowed chair in the Nazarian College, and created the Bookstein Institute, which helped to relaunch the college’s Master’s of Science in Taxation program. They followed that gift with an additional six- figure planned gift commitment. Over the years, the Booksteins raised tens of thousands of dollars from their friends and associates to support our programs across the university.” The Booksteins enjoyed the celebration, but, they said, the most significant part of the renaming was the fact that they will continue to have an impact on the lives of the students who will walk through the building’s doors.
“It’s an honor to be part of this great campus,” Harvey Bookstein said. “It’s an honor to be part of the future of this campus and its young students, and to have a chance to really make a difference in their lives.” He recalled speaking at the business college’s commencement a few years ago, and noting that a majority of the graduates were the first in their families to get a college education.
“That, to me, is what CSUN is about — giving people a chance to change the routines of their past and move forward with a new outlook,” he said. “I think CSUN does that incredibly well, with its great leadership, great professors and great students who help each other up rather than tearing each other down, and that makes Harriet and me proud of this campus.”