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Posted:
September 5, 2000

Scholarship Honors Serna

Three Northern California organizations have committed $100,000 to an endowment to permanently fund a Joe Serna Jr. Memorial Scholarship at CSUS.

The Sacramento chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association and the International Brotherhood of Electricians Local 340 will contribute $75,000 to the endowment from future Drive for Children's Charities Golf Tournaments. The Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Local 447 will provide the remaining $25,000.

The endowment will provide $2,500 scholarships each year for recipients majoring in government, construction management, electrical engineering or mechanical engineering. The amount covers fees and books for a year.

Serna, who died last November, had taught government and ethnic studies at CSUS since 1970 and was the mayor of Sacramento. He had a reputation among students and colleagues as an inspiring, charismatic teacher.

The establishment of the scholarship was announced last week at a brief campus ceremony. An effort is underway to select a student recipient for the current semester.

The new scholarship is just one of several ways Serna has been memorialized at CSUS.

Shortly after he died, the University created its first endowed professorship in Serna's name and in February, recognizing his long service to the Capital Region and commitment to students, posthumously named him the first recipient of the CSUS Lifetime Achievement Award. Next spring, the University will dedicate the new Joe Serna Jr. Plaza, a tree-shaded gathering place next to the Union that will feature an amphitheater, fountain and mural.

In addition, Kaiser Permanente Sacramento recently announced a $10,000 gift in Serna's memory to the division of nursing. The money will provide a $1,000 scholarship each semester for a senior nursing student.

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