| SRJC receives $1 million gift
It must be nice to have $1 million just drop into your lap.
That’s exactly what has happened to Santa Rosa Junior College, which on Jan. 8 revealed it received a gift of $1 million from an anonymous donor. The money will be used for student scholarships.
The SRJC Foundation received the transformational 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 the community to support SRJC students.
“I am extremely touched by the continuing support of our anonymous donor,” SRJC Superintendent/President Frank Chong said.
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 four-year colleges. It also funds scholarships for students nearing completion of their SRJC studies, who lost federal financial aid through the Pell grant program.
“In light of the recent cutbacks to SRJC, this gift could not have come at a more opportune time for our students,” Chong said. “This gift from an angel in the community is an investment in the future workforce in Sonoma County. Great teaching is what makes SRJC special, and this contribution will inspire future teachers, counselors and librarians.
“It will also provide resources to students who can now make it to the finish line and earn a degree or certificate that will transform themselves, their families and the larger community. I encourage all who have benefited from SRJC to join our donor and support the next generation.”
SRJC Foundation Board Chair Don Chigazola said, “We are so fortunate to live in a community where we have a world-class community college like SRJC; but it is the generous support demonstrated by donors, such as this individual, that enables our students to realize their dreams. Today’s students will be tomorrow’s leaders whose dreams come true. We need more dream-makers.”