Fall 2014

HSU Community Rallies After Bus Accident

ON APRIL 10, the Humboldt State community was devastated by news of a bus crash on Interstate 5 which took the lives of five high school students, an HSU admissions counselor, two chaperones, and the drivers of both vehicles.

Hundreds gathered in the UC Quad for a remembrance event to honor the lives of those lost in the bus crash.Hundreds gathered in the UC Quad for a remembrance event to honor the lives of those lost in the bus crash.

The bus was carrying students from all over the state who were participating in the Preview Plus program, which provides high school students who have already been admitted to HSU a chance to visit campus and explore programs.

In the days and weeks following the tragedy, alumni, faculty members, staff, and students sought ways to show their support. One result is a pair of scholarships recognizing the victims’ dedication to expanding access to education. They are the Michael Myvett and Mattison Haywood Memorial Scholarship, which honors the two alumni chaperones, and the Arthur Arzola Memorial Scholarship, which recognizes the HSU admissions counselor.

The two funds got off to a quick start, receiving more than $100,000 in contributions and matching funds from the HSU Advancement Foundation.

All students involved in the bus crash were offered the scholarships. To date, 25 have accepted the offer and are attending during the 2014-15 school year.