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OSHER Scholarships

The Osher Foundation made a historic pledge to the California Community Colleges, giving an unprecedented lead gift of $25 million to establish the endowment and committing additional match dollars for amounts raised by the system.

Scholarship History

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Karin Baker (center) from American Honda Motor Co., Inc. with the 2018 recipients of the American Honda Scholarships for Success.Donate

In May 2008, the Bernard Osher Foundation made a historic gift of $25 million to the California Community Colleges system to provide endowed scholarships for community college students throughout the state.

In addition, the Osher Foundation pledged to match all Osher contributions raised through June 30, 2011. El Camino College was challenged to raise $1 million as a participant in the largest community college scholarship program of its time.

The El Camino College Foundation exceeded their goal and raised $1.6 million, which was matched for a total of $2.2 million. This endowment provides an additional $122,000 annually to the current scholarship program, significantly increasing the number of students who receive scholarships each year.


The Foundation would like to thank the hundreds of individuals who contributed to this endowment, including El Camino College's faculty, staff and administrators. Special thanks to Richard and Melanie Lundquist whose efforts significantly helped ensure the success of the Foundation's scholarship program.

Donors who pledged their generous support and commitment to the California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment by establishing Osher Scholarships include:

  • Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association L.A. Chapter Scholarship
  • The American Honda Scholarships for Success
  • Darryl and Adriane Brown Scholarship
  • The Eva Brown Memorial Scholarship
  • The Paula Carabelli Memorial Scholarship
  • The DiGregorio Family Scholarship
  • ECC Awards for Academic Success
  • Edison International Green Jobs Education Initiative Scholarship
  • Enright Family Construction Scholarship
  • The Mary Haag Scholarship Award for Excellence
  • Ralph and Jean Jenkins Memorial Scholarship
  • Wallace and Jeanne Jones Scholarship
  • John Kagdis Memorial Scholarship
  • Supervisor Don Knabe Scholarship
  • Alan and Dorothy Lay Scholarship
  • The Bill Mooney Memorial Scholarship
  • The Neil Moss Memorial Scholarship
  • Northrop Grumman Scholarship
  • The Kunverben I. Patel Scholarship
  • Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Scholarship
  • Roadium Scholars Scholarship
  • Karen Sampson Inlow Teaching Scholarship
  • Southern California Edison Engineering and Technical Scholarship
  • Teague Family Foundation Scholarship
  • The Topanga Scholarship
  • Torrance Memorial Medical Center Scholarship
  • Toyota Scholarship
  • Robin Valle Scholarship for the Digital Arts