The California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment was launched thanks to the generosity of the Bernard Osher Foundation. It is managed by the Foundation for California Community Colleges, the official nonprofit auxiliary to the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office.
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Established in 1977 in San Francisco, the Bernard Osher Foundation seeks to improve quality of life through support for higher education and the arts. The Foundation provides postsecondary scholarship funding to colleges and universities across the nation, with special attention to reentry students. It also benefits programs in integrative medicine in the United States and Sweden and supports 123 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, a growing national learning network for seasoned adults. Finally, the Foundation provides grants to an array of performing arts organizations, museums, and selected educational programs in Northern California and in Mr. Osher’s native state of Maine. The Osher Foundation’s lead gift to this campaign of $25 million was followed by a matching sum of $14.2 million, making it the organization's most significant commitment to date—and constitutes the single largest gift to any community college system in the nation. As part of this initiative, the Osher Foundation also pledged an additional $20 million to University of California and California State University institutions that did not previously administer Osher-supported scholarship programs to establish endowed scholarships for students transferring from California Community Colleges.
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The Chancellor's Office provides leadership, advocacy, and support to the California Community Colleges under the direction of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. The California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office and Board of Governors were created through legislation in 1967; previously, Community Colleges were governed by the State Board of Education. The California Community College system is the largest higher education system in the nation, comprising 73 districts and 116 colleges serving nearly 3 million students per year. California Community Colleges charge one of the lowest per-unit rates in the country, which supports the commitment to keeping higher education accessible.
Foundation for California Community Colleges
The Foundation for California Community Colleges is the official auxiliary to the California Community Colleges’ Board of Governors and Chancellor's Office. The Foundation’s mission is to benefit, support, and enhance the missions of the California Community College system. Incorporated in 1998, the Foundation works with Community Colleges and partner organizations to manage donations, grants, programs, and services that drive excellence in education while saving millions of dollars for colleges each year. Over the past decade, the Foundation has provided more than $100 million in direct savings and support to the Community Colleges and Chancellor's Office and secured over $150 million in contracts, grants, and gifts.