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Anonymous Donor Gives SRJC $1M Gift

Money to be used for student scholarships

 An anonymous donor has contributed $1 million to Santa Rosa Junior College, money that will be used for student scholarships.

“I am extremely touched by the continuing support of our anonymous donor,” said SRJC Superintendent/President Frank Chong.

“In light of the recent cutbacks to SRJC, this gift could not have come at a more opportune time for our students. This gift from an angel in the community is an investment in the future workforce in Sonoma County."

The SRJC Foundation received the donation during the holiday break. In early 2012, the same donor gave the college a gift of $5 million.

The donor hopes this additional gift will inspire others in our community to support SRJC students.

With this new donation, the SRJC Foundation expects to give more than $200,000 per year to students from the endowment, with scholarship amounts typically ranging from $500-$1,500. 

The latest donation to SRJC will be added to the existing endowment, which provides three new scholarship programs SRJC established for continuing and transfer students.

These programs include:

--Teaching Fellows Program matching 23 current SRJC students with faculty members for the spring 2013 semester. The program’s goal is to encourage motivated students to pursue careers in the teaching professions and become exemplary educators, counselors or school administrators. Students will receive a scholarship for their participation.

--Completion Incentive Award to assist students working towards their goal of attaining a certificate or AA degree in a timely and efficient manner. 

--Need Based Scholarships for low-income students with high GPAs transferring from SRJC to 4-year colleges. It also funds scholarships for students nearing completion of their SRJC studies, who lost federal financial aid through the Pell grant program.

Melinda Moreaux January 09, 2013 at 02:13 PM
Thank you so much anonymous donor! If it wasn't for the JC I never would have had a college education. It has made my life a blessing.
Tina McMillan January 13, 2013 at 06:46 AM
What a wonderful gift to so many students. Is the same being done for students at College of Marin? If IVC were to continue to bring classes to Novato we could offer programs that would allow local students to avoid commuting while completing their first two years of college. The certificate program in Multimedia Studies at IVC has great teachers. We need more vocational programs that allow High School students to prepare for careers with two year degrees. So much could be done with donations like those being provided to SRJC.

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