December 17, 2007

University students benefit from donors’ generosity

President Alexander Gonzalez receives $1 million check from the Almond W. Curien Family Trust. President Alexander Gonzalez receives $1 million check from the Almond W. Curien Family Trust.

Sacramento State received a $1 million gift from the estate of Almond and Betty Sue Curien Nov. 6. The gift will be used to fund student scholarships.

“This is the largest single donation to Sacramento State this fiscal year, and it represents a significant gift to the university,” says Fran Baxter-Guigli of the University Development office.

Curien, a San Francisco native, was a district manager for Pacific Bell Telephone Co., until his retirement in 1980. He and his wife Betty moved to Sacramento in 1960. They decided to create the scholarship fund at Sacramento State after hearing stories of high school graduates who were struggling financially to get through college.

“When Almond graduated from high school, a teacher helped him get a scholarship to college,” says Helen Curien, wife of his cousin Richard, and trustee of the Almond W. Curien Family Trust. “He wanted to help someone else like he was helped. He was very adamant about it.”

The Curiens were not Sacramento State alumni; however, they chose the University because they wanted to help local students, Helen says. “Sacramento State was close to his heart. He decided to give the money to the university because there are a lot of good people in Sacramento, and he wanted to create a legacy so people here could continue their education.”

Almond died in May 2007. Betty died in Dec. 1996. They had no children.

The donation will create the Almond and Betty Sue Curien Scholarship/Endowment Fund, which will support students studying in business administration, engineering, and biological and health sciences. Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need to full-time students.

For more information on the endowment, contact University Development, 278-6989.