Leaves Lasting Legacy
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Three years ago, English professor Robert Olmstead was looking for a way
he and his wife Chris von Saltza could honor their parents. Taking into
account the parents passion for education and his own 32-year involvement
with Sac State, a scholarship in their names was, in his words, a
Were both really impressed with the efforts of the University
to provide lowcost education to working people, he says.
scholarship gives preference to students who have been at Sac State for
four years. Ive seen a lot of students struggle, particularly
in their senior year, when they were working and trying to get into grad
school, he says. We saw the scholarship as an area where we
would be of real and immediate help.
The $2,000 one-year scholarship alternates annually between biology and
English. The couple got it up and running with a $10,000 endowment. Each
year they fund the scholarship so that the money earned by the endowment
can go back into the fund. Then, to ensure its continued success, Olmstead
says, we are leaving $50,000 to the University in our will so that
when we die the scholarship will be fully funded.
Giving the scholarships has been a wonderful experience, Olmstead
says. One of the reasons he and his wife Chris chose to set up the scholarship
to be awarded now rather than later was that they wanted to experience
the fun of seeing students get the scholarships. They have the chance
to get to know the scholarship winners and have even had them over for
The University offers a number of opportunities to commemorate individuals.
Endowed funds provide an ongoing, perpetual source of funding for a scholarship,
faculty position, program, department or College. Other naming opportunities
are also available, such as academic programs, labs or buildings.
Contributions can be made to the CSUS Tribute Fund in the name of an honoree.
Memorial funds may also be established to benefit a specific area of interest
at the University.
For more information on giving a gift to the University, call the Office
of University Affairs at (916) 278-6989 or (800) SAC-GRAD or e-mail email@example.com.