TURLOCK - California State University Stanislaus' scholarship fund is $500,000 richer, thanks to a donation from a Turlock resident.
The donor is happy to keep the good deed quiet, though, the university said this morning. A Stan State news release said only that the donor lives in Turlock and that the money will go toward student scholarships.
“The fact that this donor wants to remain anonymous is a reflection of the donor’s humility and altruistic support for the university," university president Ham Shirvani said in the release. "I am humbled by such selfless generosity. Private support is becoming more and more important to public institutions of higher education, and it is an honor to work with donors who recognize the value in providing financial support to public universities.”
The university has received several large donations since the summer, including $125,000 for computer labs from E.&.J Gallo Winery, $100,000 to "advance university programs" from Sebastian Paul Musco, owner of Santa Ana-based Gemini Industries, and $90,000 for the nursing program from Kaiser Permanente.
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The largest donation in the past year was $2 million in November from the Hashem Naraghi Trust. That money brought the university's endowment for student and faculty scholarships to $7 million. The Naraghi contribution was the largest one-time cash donation in university history.