More than a PAL, students turn to peers for success
It’s a Wednesday afternoon and a dozen or so Sac State students hover over calculus worksheets in a Riverside Hall classroom. Most are STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) majors, studying some of the tougher subjects the campus has to offer.
But in this course, the “teacher” is a fellow student, a paid student mentor through the Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) program. The PAL courses supplement regular classroom work by offering weekly “bonus” sessions where mentors try to ensure students stay on track.
President's Circle support aids campus Food Pantry
Freedom Allison suffered a major illness last year that left her unemployed when she transferred to Sac State. Resources were limited. Debts, rent and utilities had to be paid.
“There was no money for food and I was hungry,” says the economics major.
Now, students like Allison have a place to turn. According to a 2015 study by the California State University system, Sac State is one of 11 CSU campuses with programs for students who are “food insecure” meaning their access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money or other resources.
Legacy Circle member MacIntosh is committed to student success
After nearly 30 years with PIER 39 in San Francisco, Bob MacIntosh ’61 (Accountancy) has fond memories of his time as president and CEO of the iconic waterfront attraction.
The position required strong business acumen and financial expertise, and MacIntosh credits his career success to the education he received as a student at Sacramento State following his enlistment in the Navy.
Scholarships help make students’ academic dreams come true
A classical guitarist. The son of Vietnam War refugees. A first-generation college student. A grandmother.
The lives of Sac State scholarship recipients are as varied and distinctive as our University’s generous donors. But a common thread is woven between those who provide for a scholarship and those who need it most. In many cases, the value of a scholarship is not only monetary, it is a step toward fulfilling a dream. One that for some students, has existed for generations.
Where to give
Learn how giving to Sac State provides opportunities for students, improvements to our campus and a positive ripple effect throughout our communities.
Donor contributions allow the University to offer the affordable, high-quality education that is not possible through state funding alone.
Private gifts help us offer the support systems—scholarships, mentoring, peer-group programs, etc.—that are so vital in making students' dreams of a college degree a reality.
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