The Robert and Joyce Corrigan SF Promise Endowed Scholarship Fund established with $1.9 million in gifts
Fund to support a college education for city youth through the SF Promise program
SAN FRANCISCO, February 9, 2009 -- San Francisco State University announced gifts of more than $1.9 million to establish the Robert and Joyce Corrigan SF Promise Endowed Scholarship Fund, named in honor of the university president and his wife. The announcement of the scholarship fund was made at a benefit attended by Mayor Gavin Newsom, Former Mayor Willie Brown and other City luminaries at The Ritz Carlton San Francisco on February 4.
SF Promise, an SF State partnership with the City of San Francisco and the San Francisco Unified School District, was created to put higher education within the reach of all public school children in San Francisco, including those who will be the first in their families to earn a college degree. The program encourages local public school children, as early as sixth grade, to work toward college as a goal. Students who meet eligibility requirements upon high school graduation are assured admission to SF State and financial aid if appropriate.
"The promise of a college education is the promise of a bright future for these graduates as well as those who live and work beside them,” President Corrigan said. "In the coming years, SF Promise aims to double the number of San Francisco public high school graduates who receive post-secondary education and at the same time, increase the number of college graduates from underrepresented groups." He noted that these graduates would ensure that the workforce of tomorrow mirrors the diversity of the U.S. population.
For more information about the scholarship fund including how to make a contribution, call (415) 338-3954 or visit www.sanfranciscopromise.org
San Francisco State University is the only master’s-level public university serving the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin. The University enrolls more than 30,000 students each year and graduates about 7,000 annually. With nationally acclaimed programs in a range of fields -- from creative writing, cinema and biology to history, broadcast and electronic communication arts, theatre arts and ethnic studies -- the University’s more than 140,000 graduates have contributed to the economic, cultural and civic fabric of San Francisco and beyond.
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