Campus: CSU Channel Islands -- May 4, 2005
California State University Channel Islands Announces New Auto
Partners Scholarship Program
California State University Channel Islands has created an innovative fund-raising
resource for scholarships, asking area auto dealers to each commit $25,000 over a
The CSUCI Auto Partners Program, believed to be the first of its kind, was recently
launched with its first commitment, a first-year gift of $5,000 by Santa Paula
"Santa Paula Chevrolet has always been very involved in the community," said John
Macik, Santa Paula Chevrolet dealer principal. "We've been active with local high
schools, community colleges, and area Boys and Girls Clubs. And now we want to take
it to another level at CSUCI. Our company believes that when you help young people
you help the entire community."
The program was developed by CSUCI Foundation Board member Herb Rosenkrantz, a
retired lawyer who is also a student at the University. "One of my major concerns as
a CSUCI Foundation Board member is to strengthen the University's scholarship
efforts," Rosenkrantz said. "I wanted to create a strong support group for
scholarships, with the goal of helping worthwhile students experience what we have
to offer here."
Rosenkrantz invited Macik to visit the CSUCI campus. "We wanted him to see the
University and meet students, faculty, and staff," Rosenkrantz said. "And that's all
it took. He was willing to be the first one, to take a leadership role in this
effort. His gift is important because it establishes and sets the level of giving
Santa Paula Chevrolet's gift will be added to the CSUCI general scholarship fund.
"It's very gratifying to help those who may not have had the opportunity or means
to attend college," Macik said. "Santa Paula Chevrolet is glad to partner with CSUCI.
The University is such a great resource, and we're fortunate to have it here in
"We know that we want to be part of this place. We already feel as if we belong to
the University. And we want other area auto dealerships to do the same. We invite
them to join the CSUCI Auto Partners Program. We've all drawn business from the
community. This could be a great way of giving back. It's the best thing we can do."
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