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Ways You Can Make a Difference

“Your gift of education removes barriers, fuels our economy and strengthens families.” — CCE Development Director Kelly Siefkin 



Scholarships are among the most rewarding ways to give to Sacramento State because they directly impact students’ lives. 

Dean’s Innovation Fund 

Gifts to the Dean’s Innovation Fund support students’ immediate needs, while scholarships assist individuals returning to school to complete their degree and contribute to our workforce. 

Learn more about these giving opportunities and meet some of our learners by clicking on the links below.

Degree Completion and Courses for Academic Credit Scholarships

Many college students do not complete their degree for a variety of reasons (work, family, finances, health, etc.) Once away from university life, it can be difficult to return due to personal and financial commitments. Yet an undergraduate degree is critical for employment and career advancement in many fields.

To help these learners and meet the workforce demand for more employees with an undergraduate degree, CCE offers programs designed for working professionals to reengage these individuals and help them on their journey to securing a degree. Scholarships help remove the financial barrier for adults returning to complete their degree. 

Did you know? 60,000 adults in Sacramento County are fewer than 15 units from finishing their degree.

Learner Success Story: Meet Jeanne Shuman

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Master’s and Graduate Level Programs Scholarships

No scholarships currently exist for adults pursuing a graduate degree within the College of Continuing Education. However, more students would be able to enroll, pursue, and complete a graduate degree through CCE with the support of scholarships. A graduate degree greatly benefits individuals throughout their career and is a valuable asset to many employers. Scholarship support for adults earning their graduate degree will remove some financial barriers and allow more adults to earn an advanced degree. 

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Management and Leadership Certificate Programs Scholarships 

Many adults seeking to advance their careers will benefit from financial assistance to help them return to school and attain a certificate or credential. Scholarships to help pay for the cost of course fees and materials will allow more working adults in the region to advance their careers, increase their earnings to better provide for their families and instill in them a sense of personal pride.  No financial aid is currently available for certificate programs through the university’s Financial Aid department. 

Learner Success Story: Meet Claudia Blaszczynski 

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Youth Program Scholarships 

The College of Continuing Education offers two youth programs every summer to expose students to an education at Sacramento State. 

Summer Academies empower high school students to explore educational and career opportunities in various fields, experience a college campus, learn from Sacramento State faculty and professionals in different fields, all while working with other students on real-world projects. Many high school students who wish to attend Summer Academies are unable to pay for course fees or materials. Scholarship support for underprivileged youth will provide greater access to students who would otherwise be unable to participate in these enrichment programs. 

Academic Talent Search has offered summer classes on the Sacramento State campus since 1982. Over the past 39 years, more than 47,500 young learners have gained early exposure to college life through Academic Talent Search. Students preview the college experience by choosing their classes in areas that interest them, meet new friends from around Northern California who share their enthusiasm for learning, remain academically engaged over the summer and gain exposure to potential majors and career paths. 

Learner Success Story: Meet Jessica Henderson

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International and Domestic Travel Study Program Scholarships 

CCE’s faculty-led travel study programs offer the opportunity for college students to experience and learn in a variety of international domestic locations. Paired with relevant coursework, students benefit by combining their area of study with travel to other locations. Travel experiences are transformative and many students come back a different person. However, travel abroad can be cost-prohibitive for many. 

To provide more travel study programs, CCE offers partial scholarships to remove financial barriers and expose more Sacramento State students to locations around the world. 

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Dean’s Innovation Fund 

This annual fund serves as an opportunity for Dean Jenni Murphy to best serve the needs of CCE. Dean Murphy may use these funds to invest in outreach materials for near completers, develop curriculum for working adults, investment in technology, build toolkits or support adult learners facing emergencies. The Dean’s Innovation Fund provides the flexibility to address the needs of the college as well as the individuals we serve. 

In addition to scholarships, CCE offers you the opportunity to support Dean Jenni Murphy’s Innovation Fund. Gifts to this fund are utilized by Dean Jenni Murphy to best serve the needs of adult learners including investment in technology; outreach to near completers; curriculum development; toolkits; and emergency assistance such as housing, transportation, family support, health, etc. 

Meet Dean Murphy 

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Creating Opportunities Together

Thank you in advance for considering a gift to CCE – your support makes a difference for a learner, who may otherwise not be able to complete their education.