The beloved spirit of CSUMB employee and former student Mahito Shirako lives on in a Memorial Scholarship account that has grown to over $20,000 since his passing in November 2010. That will allow a scholarship in his name to be awarded to a deserving CSUMB student every year, in perpetuity.

Shirako, who died in a motorcycle accident, was known for his full embrace of life – enthusiasm for his hobbies, a passion for music, skilled work as an audio-visual specialist, and deep bonds of friendship.

In addition to individual contributions from friends, family, coworkers and alumni, the Mahito Shirako Foundation raised significant funds through several special events that reflected Shirako’s zest for life. Among them were a memorial motorcycle ride and barbecue, a “Mahitopoalooza” music and comedy festival, and the Warrior Dash, a 3-kilometer run and obstacle course. Future events are planned.

For information on how to support the Mahito Shirako Scholarship fund or begin a similar fund, contact Pilar Gose at 831-582-3595 or email