Fifty business students received laptops from the Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation at a Dec. 5, 2016, luncheon. The CSUN celebration included remarks from — and selfies with — the local foundation’s founders, philanthropists and business titans Younes and Soraya Nazarian. Younes is co-founder of Qualcomm and a pioneer of the global wireless revolution. Many CSUN students cannot afford to purchase laptops and must rely on computer labs and other public computer resources to complete their school work. The new laptops will make college life a little easier for the students, who were selected based on need. Before the laptops were distributed, Younes Nazarian shared a bit about his own youth in Iran. “It’s so nice to be here with family,” he said. “My name is Younes — David’s father.
I’m so happy to see all of your faces, especially with all the smiles I see here. “My father passed away when I was 2 years old,” he said. “We are two brothers. We came to this country in ’79 (after the Islamic Revolution), with zero — scratch. [Soraya and I] wanted to build the best future for our four children, and now the nine grandchildren I have. You, also, are going to build your future. That’s why you have to rely on yourself. You have to work very hard. You have to build it yourself.” The Nazarians’ son, entrepreneur, philanthropist and CSUN alumnus David Nazarian, founder and CEO of Nimes Capital, joined his parents at the event, in the college that was renamed the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics in his honor in 2014. The Nazarian family recently helped the college conclude a $25 million campaign after just two years.