Golden Guard Scholarship Fund helps future generations

A group of alumni from the 1960s set to celebrate their 50th reunions over the next few years have united in collaboration with the University to create a lasting source of support for future students.


The Golden Guard Scholarship Fund was envisioned by representatives from the Classes of 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1969 and will benefit juniors and seniors who upon graduation will be the first in their household to receive a degree. Other award criteria include good academic standing, majoring in a field of study in the liberal arts and sciences, financial need as evidenced by receiving a Federal Pell Grant and a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

For these students, often called “first generation,” attendance at a private university may not seem feasible. This is a concept Jim Sumner ’66 understands well as a former admissions/enrollment administrator. He strives to make Pacific an institution where first generation students are recognized by receiving a financial boost from the Golden Guard Scholarship Fund.

“We want to maintain the opportunity for a great education for as many people as possible,” said Sumner. “We want high quality students to apply even if they can’t afford it or haven’t grown up in a family that focuses on higher education.”

The idea for this scholarship fund was first discussed at the 1967 reunion breakfast during Homecoming 2012. Frank Baldwin ’67 explained that as his class is nearing their 50th reunion, they began searching for a way to leave a significant class gift to the university.

By Homecoming 2013, they had decided to invite additional classes to be a part of establishing the scholarship fund, said Baldwin.

“By the end of brunch, we had $17,000 dollars pledged and committed to get this fund started,” said Baldwin. At the present time, $19,000 in gifts and pledges have been made.

Last month members from the participating classes held a meeting where the parameters for the scholarship fund were agreed to by class representatives.  “I am attracted to this notion of people 50 years down the road helping out those 50 years behind them,” said Sumner.

Director of Annual Giving, Kristin Kondo Storfa, explained that the fund will be endowed once it reaches the minimum threshold of $25,000. She believes the scholarship will be offered to students within the next few years.

“Right now we need to raise enough money to have the scholarship fund established and start making a contribution to future students,” said Baldwin. “Pacific was a great experience and we want to give back,” he said.

Although the Golden Guard Scholarship Fund has been created as a way for alumni to celebrate their 50th reunions, anyone can contribute to the fund.

Bruce Bishop ’68 explained that one of their goals was to increase giving and participation for 50-year classes, something earlier classes have struggles to do. “We hope that pooling our efforts will strengthen Pacific support for maintaining a diverse student body,” said Bishop.

Pacific University is accepting gifts and five year pledges for the Golden Guard Scholarship Fund. Gifts can be made online at pacificu.edu/giving. Additionally, checks or pledges can be mailed to Pacific University at 2043 College Way, UC Box A162, Forest Grove, OR 97116.Please indicate the fund name in the "Other" comment box online or as a memo with your check or pledge. For more information, or to donate by phone, contact Kristin Kondo Storfa, Director of Annual Giving, at 503-352-2883 or kstorfa@pacificu.edu.


Posted by Martha Calus-Mclain (calu0689@pacificu.edu) on May 19, 2014 at 4:20 PM

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