CIWEA's Bernard L. Hyink Student Scholarship

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2017 4-Year University Scholarship Recipient Miriam Perez (Cal Poly Pomona) with her mother and CIWEA Scholarship Director Julie Collier

Each year, students who have participated in internship and work experience programs managed by CIWEA members (colleges, universities, or employers) are eligible to apply for the Bernard L. Hyink Scholarship. Students apply through a CIWEA member on their campus or internship/work site by submitting an essay that describes how their academic internship, co-op, or work experience has influenced their career choice.  Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 are awarded to one 4-year and one 2-year college recipient at the CIWEA Annual Conference in Spring.

Who was Bernard L. Hyink?

Dr. Bernard L. Hyink, or “Bernie” to those who knew or worked with him, was a past president (1976-77) of CIWEA (then known as the California Cooperative Education & Internship Association or CCEIA) and a past president (1980-81) of the national Cooperative Education & Internship Association (CEIA). He was a professor of Political Science at California State University, Fullerton where, additionally, he founded and was Director of the Center for Internships and Cooperative Education. And Dr. Hyink was President of California State University, Sacramento in the early 70’s.

Bernie Hyink joined the California State University Fullerton faculty in 1960 — the first year classes were held on the campus’s permanent site — and a decade later served for two years as president of California State University, Sacramento. Hyink returned to CSUF in 1973 to teach and also launched the Center for Internships and Cooperative Education that same year, serving as its inaugural director. The center was the first of its kind on the West Coast. He retired in 1981.

Bernie was always passionate about student learning through internship and cooperative education programs. In the 90’s the Association renamed its student scholarship in his honor. It was not unusual for Bernie and his wife, June, to attend annual conferences - particularly on the day during the conference when the annual scholarships would be presented to the selected students. He enjoyed meeting the scholarship recipients and hearing about their participation in internships and work experience.

Hyink co-authored the widely used textbook “Politics and Government in California,” first published in 1959 with co-authors Seyom Brown and Ernest W. Thacker. The most recent edition was published in 2004 with co-author David Provost, professor of political science at Fresno State.

During the 1940s, Hyink frequently was called upon for assignments with the federal and state governments. He also served as a professor at the University of Tehran in 1956. Hyink received his B.A. from the University of Redlands, his M.A. from UC Berkeley and Ph.D. from USC.

Dr. Bernard L. Hyink passed away June 24, 2004 in Fullerton, CA. He was 91 years old.