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Santa Rosa, CA. ~ Santa Rosa Junior College President/ Superintendent Frank Chong announced today that an anonymous donor has given a gift of $1 million to the school to be used for student scholar- ships. 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.

Santa Rosa, CA. ~ It’s back and it’s better! Challenge your- self to 3.17 miles on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday, March 17th at 3pm! The second annual event includes a chip-timed run/walk through the Prince Memorial Greenway and all participants receive a commemorative mug to be filled with a FREE beer or root beer during the post-run celebration! Plus, style yourself in your best St. Patty’s Day fashion for the costume contest presented by Wine Country Radio (details about categories and judging criteria will be announced in the New Year)! Then, enjoy live music by local band Soup Sandwich, booth games, giveaways, and food trucks in Juilliard Park! Sponsored by Fleet Feet Sports and Brooks, all proceeds benefit Recreation and Parks programs and facilities. Last year the race drew nearly 400 people, so register early to secure your spot! Online registration begins January 14, visit to sign up and for more information.


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The donor hopes this additional gift will inspire others in our community to support SRJC students. With this new donation, the SRJC Foundation expects to give more than $200,000 per year to students from the endow- ment, 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 pro- grams SRJC established for continuing and transfer stu- dents. These programs include: • SRJC Teaching Fellows

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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 adminis- trators. Students will receive a scholarship for their participa- tion. • 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 4-year colleges. It also funds scholarships for students nearing completion of their SRJC studies, who lost federal financial aid through the Pell grant program. “I am extremely touched by the continuing support of our anonymous donor,” said SRJC Superintendent/President Frank Chong. “In light of the recent cutbacks to SRJC, this gift could not have come at a

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more opportune time for our students. This gift from an angel in the community is an investment in the future work- force in Sonoma County. Great teaching is what makes SRJC special, and this contribution will

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will also provide resources to students who can now make it to the finish line and earn a degree or


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,” said Chong. SRJC Foundation Board Chair Don Chigazola said, “We are so fortunate to live in a community where we have a world-class commu- nity college like SRJC; but it is the generous support dem- onstrated 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.”

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