Van Vleck-Gant Scholarship

About the Sponsor

Russell G. Gant experienced first-hand the major events of American history during his formative years. He was born during the Great Depression, fled his once prosperous farm in the Texas panhandle during the Dust Bowl, and became a migrant farm worker at age 12 in California. He left school at age 17 to fight in the Korean Conflict and later used the GI Bill to complete a B.A. in Sociology at Sacramento State College (SSC) as a re-entry student.

Russ was a graduate student at SSC when he met incoming freshman Anne Van Vleck on campus, and they married and began a family, eventually returning to Sacramento and both re-entering SSC to earn teaching credentials and begin teaching in the Sacramento Area. A keen understanding of the unique challenges of returning to college later in life while supporting a family led them to establish this scholarship. Russ worked in West Sacramento, Elk Grove, Sacramento City, and Folsom-Cordova districts before retiring in 1988. He enjoyed a long retirement doing wood carving, sculpting in various media, and enjoying the cool climate of Oregon. He died in 2013.

Anne Van Vleck Gant is a life-long student who earned Master's Degrees in Elementary and Special Education, and completed an Administrative Credential program at California State University, Sacramento. In 1985, she earned an Ed.D. in Educational Administration from University of Southern California. She worked at Woodlake School, Hubert H. Bancroft Elementary, and was a Program Specialist in Sacramento City Unified School District. She served in several coordinator and principal roles at the Sacramento County Office of Education from 1985 until her retirement in 1999. She lives in the vibrant costal community of Astoria, Oregon.

It is hoped that this continuing scholarship will ease the transition back to college for future educators at Sacramento State.





  • Minimum 3.5 overall GPA
  • Limited to students accepted or enrolled in any College of Education major
  • Financial need may be considered but not required
  • Must be enrolled at least half time at time of award and at time of application
  • must be a re-entry student who has been enrolled full or part-time for a minimum of two consecutive semesters