Campus: Sonoma State University -- August 22, 2003
Help Students Cope With Tuition Fee Hike This Year
With Easy Donation to SSU Scholarship Program
An 87-year old Santa Rosa woman recently donated $5,000 to provide
five $1,000 scholarships for Sonoma State University students struggling
with the financial strain of the recent 30% tuition fee hike.
Others can do the same to help, says scholarship coordinator Laurie
Ogg. Ogg has seen funds for the university scholarship drop from $246,000
to $157,000 due to the economic downturn. She has stacks of applications
from 3.0 students who are deserving of scholarships, but there is not
enough money to award them.
Donations from $1,000 on up can be put in a special program so students
can still tap the funds this year, says Ogg. Because so many students
work part-time, a scholarship can afford students more time and energy
to dedicate to their studies while attending SSU, she says.
Scholarships also provide the time commitment necessary for a student
to become more involved in the numerous community service programs or
the study abroad program that the University has to offer, she says.
The Sonoma State University Scholarship Program is a direct method of
providing monetary assistance to
students as well as recognizing academic excellence .The university¹s
merit based scholarship program provides awards to over 200 students
each year and has scholarships for every major at SSU.
Donors may establish selection criteria such as place of residence,
community service, career interests, financial need, etc.
A memorial scholarship is also an excellent way to honor the memory
of a family member. Awards can be renewed annually or an endowment fund
may be established to provide funding in perpetuity.
If you are interested in finding out more about the value of a scholarship
or making a contribution to an existing scholarship award, Contact Lance
Plaza, Director of Development for Academic Programs and Planned Giving
in the Sonoma State University Development Office at (707) 664-4151.
NOTE TO REPORTERS AND EDITORS:
Below are quotes from scholarship recipients. You can see what the
funds mean to them.
"The support given me by the Ethel Polhemus Scholarship has made
the difficult tasks of working full time, going to school and raising
a child that much easier," wrote a single parent pursuing a Special
Teaching Credential at Sonoma State University.
A biology major with a Pre-Medicine concentration wrote to the donor
responsible for his scholarship: In my eyes, education is a privilege
and that is why I strive to be the best. With your contribution you
are adding to the privilege as well as my future successSas a dentist.
P.S. from my DadS "I thank you humbly, from the bottom of my heart
because if it wasn¹t for people like you, I wouldn't be able to
send my son to college"
"My family's financial situation has been greatly stressedSand
it looked as if I may not be able to continue my education at SSU. However,
with the assistance I've received from the Jacqueline Strain Scholarship,
I will be able to continue my studies at Sonoma State University without
financial worries and pressures." Sophomore Hutchins major from