Donor support for student scholarships provides a remarkable return on investment, empowering thousands of students across the state to achieve their academic goals and build a better future for themselves, their families and California.
Of the California State University's more than 481,200 students, about 80 percent receive some type of financial aid. Student scholarships, combined with federal and state financial aid, help ensure that economic status isn't a barrier to student access and achievement.
A $3.1 million grant from the S. D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation will help the California State University prepare new K-12 teachers. The CSU Residency Year Service Scholarship Program will offer $10,000 service scholarships to over 300 dedicated teacher candidates, augmenting other sources of financial aid. The scholarships will support candidates in residency programs that allow apprentices to teach alongside an expert mentor, receive constructive feedback of in-class instruction and interact with students
A $100,000 endowment honors a professor for her 40-year career as one of the first faculty members in the California State University, Dominguez Hills modern languages department. The Frances Lauerhass Endowed Scholarship will provide financial assistance to one distinguished CSUDH student annually who is majoring in Spanish. “Frances had very strong feelings about Cal State Dominguez Hills,” said her husband, Ludwig “Larry” Lauerhass Jr., “One of her lifelong goals was helping students, so I did this in her memory. I know it would have made her very happy.”
The California State University Board of Trustees renamed University Hall at California State University, Fullerton as the Milton A. Gordon Hall in recognition of the 21-year legacy of service by the university’s fifth president. To honor her late husband, Margaret Faulwell Gordon donated two residential properties in Northern California to Cal State Fullerton’s Philanthropic Foundation. The proceeds of the gift, as well as the couple’s cumulative giving over the years, will support the President Milton A. Gordon and Dr. Margaret F. Gordon Endowed Scholarship.
Debbie Juran, a California State University, Monterey Bay Foundation Board member and adoptive mother of two CSU Monterey Bay alumnae, recently established a planned gift for CSUMB’s College of Education, to predominantly benefit low income and first-generation students. “I respect what [College of Education] Dean Jose Luis Alvarado is doing very much,” Juran said. “He told me most first-generation students don’t have money for study materials. I can relate to that. Given that I could impact that situation, we created a broader platform for a legacy gift to the College of Education.”
A $93,000 gift from Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and his wife, Heather, funded a full-ride scholarship for one student renewable for four consecutive academic years at California State University, Fresno. The Derek and Heather Carr Scholarship was established to support an entering Bulldog freshman who graduated from a four-year high school in the Central Valley, demonstrated positive impact and community leadership, and exemplified the Fresno State “be bold” spirit.
By turning her required IRA distribution into a gift and including a planned bequest, California State University, East Bay alumna Carol Sughrue established a scholarship at her alma mater to support first-generation students who have committed to working with refugee and immigrant populations or promoting international peace. The initial Carol Sughrue Scholarship for International Peace and Understanding of $25,000 received more than 130 applications. To support more students, the amount was split into four scholarships, each of which will cover nearly all of a year's tuition.
Autodesk president and CEO and Matador alumnus
Andrew Anagnost honored his mother with a $300,000
gift to California State University, Northridge to
establish the Teresa Sendra-Anagnost Memorial
Scholarship Endowment. The scholarship will support
high-achieving students pursuing degrees in the
university’s College of Engineering and Computer
Science, providing up to 100 percent of the total cost
of attendance after other aid. Sendra-Anagnost was an
early pioneer in the establishment of nurse practitioner
as a professional designation and helped support her
three children through their studies at CSUN.
For Emeritus Professor of Psychology Beverly Palmer, forming lasting bonds with her students was one of the most rewarding aspects of working at CSUDH. With that in mind, Palmer and her husband, Richard, created the Beverly B. Palmer, Ph.D., Endowed Scholarship in Psychology with a $50,000 gift to CSUDH. The scholarship will pay tuition and college fees for one full-time undergraduate student annually in the Department of Psychology.
The Abrego Future Scholars Program provides financial and academic support to California State University, Fullerton students during their first year of studies, awarding up to fifty $1,500 scholarships to first-time freshmen and first-time transfer students. It also helps students who have been disadvantaged due to their economic, environmental or educational backgrounds transition into college. This year, a golf tournament raised $100,000 for the program.
A $750,000 gift from the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation will fund hundreds of scholarships in Sacramento State’s Native American Studies program. The Native American Studies Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation Scholarships are available to all undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of major. One of the requirements is that students must have completed a Native American Studies course during the year. The gift will allow the Native American Studies program to offer $2,000 scholarships to individual recipients each semester, double the $1,000 that recipients could previously receive.
An anonymous donor funded a scholarship program for students pursuing bilingual teaching credentials at California State University, Bakersfield and California State University, Fresno. The Aspiring Teacher Scholarship will support students enrolled in postbaccalaureate teacher education programs who are interested in working with English language learners and bilingual students. The program has awarded $1 million in scholarships to help address the shortfall of bilingual teachers in the Central Valley.