When Jerry Rosenberg graduated from SF State in 1962, tuition was a tiny fraction of what it costs today. Despite the very real challenges he and his peers faced as undergraduates then, he knows that the increased financial burden on today’s students can be an obstacle to success. But he also believes in the potential that can be unleashed by helping students: “You never know when brilliance is going to come out in a student,” he says.
Now, many more students will have greater resources at their disposal as Mr. Rosenberg has endowed the Jerold Rosenberg Family Scholarship with a leadership gift of more than one million dollars. In 2012, Jerry established the scholarship with a $50,000 gift. This scholarship immediately benefited two SF State students, providing funds for their education for three full years.
BECA major Victoria Thai, now a senior at SF State and one of the initial Rosenberg Scholarship recipients, says, "I am forever grateful for the opportunities the Rosenbergs have provided me with their generous scholarship as well as their support and encouragement in my pursuit of higher education and a future career."
Student recipient Andrea Guzman's academic career in creative writing has also been tremendously enriched by the support of the Rosenberg scholarship. She notes, "The Rosenbergs’ generosity has given me the rare privilege of not placing my parents or myself in serious amounts of debt. When I graduate this coming spring, I will be the first in my family to have earned a college degree."
For students like Andrea and Victoria, balancing academic commitments with the daily pressures of paying rent, helping their families, and meeting other expenses in the Bay Area is an extraordinary challenge. The Jerold Rosenberg Family Scholarship will provide more of our students with a special opportunity to focus on their studies in preparation for bright futures ahead.