Donation to expand student scholarships–aid Performing Arts Center
NORTHRIDGE–In July 2005–a former San Fernando High School art teacher who graduated from CSUN–and her husband bequeathed their entire $7.3 million estate to California State University–Northridge. The gift–which will expand student scholarships–marks the largest cash and alumni gift in the university’s history.
The endowment created by longtime San Fernando Valley residents Mary and Jack Bayramian–who passed away in November 2002 and January 2005–respectively–will fund two major new university scholarship programs–including a $2.3 million portion to launch student scholarships for the future Valley Performing Arts Center project on the campus.
"This remarkable gift from Mary and Jack Bayramian will empower the university to support outstanding students," said Cal State Northridge President Jolene Koester. "The Bayramians–who were devoted to each other during more than 60 years of marriage–now have extended that caring to improve the lives of hundreds of our students."
To honor the gift–the California State University Board of Trustees–meeting July 20–in Long Beach–approved renaming the university’s Student Services Building as Bayramian Hall. President Koester called the dedication a fitting tribute–because the building houses the university’s scholarship–financial aid and other student support services offices.