Campus: CSU, Chico -- January 24, 2000


Gift Boosts Program Encouraging Area Students to Attend CSU, Chico

California State University, Chico received a $100,000 grant in December to endow an innovative, 30-year-old financial aid program for high school students in the region.

The Dr. Fred Zannon Student Incentive Awards will be a major part of Chico's University Incentive Grant Award, which offers needy high school students from Chico's service area an opportunity to build up financial aid each year that can be utilized if they attend CSU, Chico and maintain a 2.75 GPA.

Dr. Zannon, a 1930 Chico alumnus, is being honored posthumously via the award by the Boyd Foundation. Foundation board members include Mary Ann Zannon Peoples, Dr. Zannon's daughter, and Gene Zannon, Dr. Zannon's son.

Dr. Zannon was a long-time California teacher, principal and administrator, finishing his career as dean of graduate studies at then-Dominguez Hills State University. He earned an M.A. and Ed.D. from Stanford University.

"My father was the only one of 11 siblings who went to college," said Peoples. "The board felt that this was the kind of grant that would have enabled some of his brothers and sisters to go to college."

If students meet the need-based and GPA criteria, they can first apply for the incentive grant as freshmen. Each year of high school they can be awarded $300, with a total award of $1,200 possible, to be received when they enroll at CSU, Chico.

Currently, CSU, Chico has 131 students enrolled who received incentive grants. Since 1990, 58 students who received incentive grants have graduated, with an average GPA over 3.0. The program was launched in 1970 as a means of increasing access to CSU, Chico for needy students in northeastern California.



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