Fresno State offers new scholarships with $5 million donation
September 03, 2013
Sometimes, colleges are unable to offer the number of scholarships that administrators want. This tends to be because of financial restrictions, including state or local government budgetary troubles or a dip in the number of donations to private schools.
However, these are no longer big concerns at California's Fresno State College. When alumnus John Long died in January, he left his estate worth $5 million to the to educational institution. The money will be used to create endowments that lend themselves to full-tuition scholarships for 20 students every year. These scholarships will be given in the name of his mother, Miriam Long, herself a graduate of Fresno State Normal School.
The first Miriam Long Scholars will be named for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Long's generosity follows a $1.5 million donation made in early 2012, which will also establish scholarships. The Fresno Bee reported that Rodger and Margaret Jensen gave the money specifically to the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology. These funds will be used to create seven scholarships every year for students majoring in agricultural business or plant science.
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