Spring 2015

New Support for HSU Programs

THE FORESTRY & WILDLAND Resources Department has received a four-year, $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to increase enrollment, retention, and graduation of Hispanic and other underrepresented students in forestry, range and soils.

The grant will fund a multi-year partnership with Reedley College in Reedley, Calif. and Bakersfield College in Bakersfield, Calif., two Hispanic Serving Institutions that offer programs in natural resources.

“Partnering with these institutions will create an excellent opportunity to recruit underrepresented students into the Forestry & Wildland Resources program at HSU,” said Associate Forestry Professor Andrew Stubblefield, the project’s director.

A 7-YEAR, $3 MILLION GRANT from the U.S. Department of Education will help HSU support its Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP), which helps at-risk students in Humboldt and Del Norte counties prepare for and succeed in college.

Through the program, the University will work with local partners to provide low-income, disadvantaged students and their families support services including mentoring, counseling, tutoring, college-preparatory courses, information about college, and financial aid options.

HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY has received a second $1 million endowment gift from the Bernard Osher Foundation.

The assets will expand the endowment, which partially funds the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, HSU’s extended education program for adult learners 50 and better. The foundation’s $1 million endowment for OLLI in 2009 was one of the largest cash gifts in HSU’s history at the time.