For Immediate Release

Elfenworks, CSUMB  Join Forces
Three Scholars Honored  
Study of Social Entrepreneurship Gets Boost

San Mateo, California (December 14, 2016) – The Elfenworks Foundation, in partnership with California State University at Monterey Bay and Elfenworks Productions, LLC, announced the winners in CSUMB’s first ever student social entrepreneurship scholarship, a project shepherded by Professor Lisa Watson.  Students Robin Jensen, Ashlyn Pochop, and Hatty Gardner were celebrated at an award event on December 8th at the Student Center, in the presence of faculty and staff, family and friends. 

“I have gotten to know each of these scholars,” said Elfenworks CEO Lauren Speeth, who has served as a guest lecturer at CSUMB since 2012, “and the growth I’ve seen is tremendous.  We’re just so proud of our inaugural CSUMB Elfenworks Scholars.”

The students, who have been studying Speeth’s book Intelligence and Compassion in Action, The Seven Pillars for Social Entrepreneurship, were invited to submit for the award, demonstrating not only their depth of understanding, but their vision for involvement, moving forward.  In addition to a small stipend, these Elfenworks Scholars looks forward to visiting Elfenworks, spending time with founders and the team. 


We invite members of the press to contact us with any questions, and to please check our CSUMB Detail Page,, for more about this partnership.

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About Elfenworks “In Harmony With Hope” 
The Elfenworks Foundation works for hope in America by fostering creative and technological solutions that advance change. Elfenworks identifies chasms, creates change, and amplifies success, whether promoting peace initiatives, assisting nonprofits safely navigate IT security, or helping people cope with stress through the Breathing Butterfly project. Visit for big and small ways to make a difference.

About California State University at Monterey Bay
Founded in 1994 on the former site of Fort Ord by educators and community leaders, CSUMB provides over 7,600 students an extraordinary opportunity to learn on a residential campus just one mile from the shores of the beautiful Monterey Bay. The school is working in innovative ways to meet the needs of a new generation of students while simultaneously powering the Monterey County economy.  Students receive personal attention in small classes while pursuing degrees in 25 undergraduate and seven graduate majors. CSUMB serves a diverse student body, 33% of whom are local to the three adjacent counties, and 72% receive some form of financial aid.  The tradition of making higher education accessible to traditionally underserved and low-income populations is a source of great pride, and with  45% of students residing on site, CSUMB also boasts the distinction of being one of the most residential universities in the CSU. Details at

About Our Scholarships Project
The Elfenworks Foundation, together with domestic and international university partners, is working hard to foster a new wave of student social entrepreneurs, through scholarship competitions. Find out more by visiting   Students, we’re so proud of you. Never underestimate your ripple!