Strength in numbers:

Donor support propels students toward success

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t is enough to keep students up at night. Concerns like, “How do I pay my tuition and living expenses? Where on campus can I go for support and understanding?” But thanks to generous donor and campus support, there are programs in place that help to ease their minds and keep them on track to graduate.

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Abraham Mendoza, Class of 2017, Social Workmajor, Recipient, Student Emergency Grant Fund

Student Emergency Grant Fund

Sac State undergraduate students who experience a financial hardship and are in need of assistance in order to continue their studies may apply to the Student Emergency Grant Fund. Grants of up to $1,500 are available to students facing hardship thanks to funding from the President’s Circle, Green & Gold Gala and student-led Dance Marathon.

"I had a lot of difficulties because my hours were cut at work and I couldn’t pay my phone bill, internet or electricity bills. At the same time, I was sending money to help my family when my father went on disability. It was hard to make the request, but I didn’t know if I would be able to take classes my senior year. It’s been a phenomenal resource that helped me through one of the hardest stretches in my life.”

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Paha Xiong, Class of 2017, Psychology major, Full Circle Project student

Full Circle Project

Launched in 2012, the Full Circle Project provides academic support and a sense of community for Asian American and Pacific Islander students, many of whom are from low-income families or are the first in their families to attend college. When a student receives a scholarship, it’s more than just the financial boost that helps keep them enrolled and engaged. Scholarships can also act as doses of confidence to inspire students to reach the next level in their academic career. Establishing, contributing to or The Full Circle Project provides resources, social and emotional support, and strong networks among participating students, faculty and staff. Gifts help support scholarships and program activities that help keep students on the path to graduation.

"The Full Circle Project supports low-income and first generation students like myself. I also am a retention and outreach program assistant and one of my duties is to reach out to students and help get them engaged on campus. The program has really impacted me in amazing ways. We have a lot of peer and moral support. We’re together a lot and have a lot of events. It’s like my second home and I have formed really great relationships that I know will last me a lifetime.”

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Olga Dubenchuk, Class of 2017, Social Sciences major, Recipient, Green & Gold Scholarship

Scholarships

When a student receives a scholarship, it’s more than just the financial boost that helps keep them enrolled and engaged. Scholarships can also act as doses of confidence to inspire students to reach the next level in their academic career. Establishing, contributing to or The Full Circle Project provides resources, social and emotional support, and strong networks among participating students, faculty and staff. Gifts help support scholarships and program activities that help keep students on the path to graduation. endowing a scholarship helps ensure that Sac State remains affordable and accessible. Scholarships can be created by an individual, a group or an organization through tax-deductible donations to reward and retain deserving students.

"When I found out I won the Green & Gold Scholarship, I was crying from joy because that helped me a great deal. In general, it just resolved my concerns about the basic stuff like how I’m going to eat, buy my writing utensils and my textbooks. It’s been a wonderful blessing and I’m really thankful for it. Now I can keep going and studying and achieving all these things.”

For more information on making a gift to Sac State, visit csus.edu/giving.

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