Building a Citywide College-going Culture

The Spanos family’s $100,000 gift is a major investment in Stockton youth

At Pacific, we pride ourselves on identifying transformative moments. Like the moment a local student decides they can — and will — go to college here.

A.G. Spanos Companies’ recent donation of $100,000 (which will be doubled by the Powell Match) helps make sure that more of those moments can happen.

The Spanos Family gift established the Stockton Scholars Endowed Fund. Stockton Scholars was created in January of this year with a $20 million donation from the Los Angeles-based California Community Foundation. Administered by Reinvent Stockton, this unique program aims to triple the number of Stockton students who enter and graduate from college over the next 10 years — with a significant number of them staying to live and work in the community.

Beginning January 2019, scholarships of up to $1,000 will be awarded annually to qualified students from the Stockton Unified School District who meet Pacific’s admissions requirements. Students can receive the award for a maximum of four years.

“I am incredibly grateful for the support of the Spanos family and our partnership with Pacific,” said Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs. “We know that talent is equally dispersed, but opportunity is not. Together, we are working to improve access and opportunity for all of our youth.”

The Spanos family legacy at Pacific demonstrates a lifetime of leading with purpose. Their generosity spans many decades, across the entire university, including athletics, the Conservatory of Music, faculty achievement and more. Both Alex and Faye passed away in 2018, leaving a tremendous void in the Stockton and Pacific communities, but their passion for Pacific and opportunity for everyone lives on.

“We understand that the long-term economic health and vibrancy of our community hinges on well-educated youth and we are proud to stand with Mayor Michael Tubbs and the Spanos family in affirming that every Stockton student has a right to a college education.” – President Pamela Eibeck

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