(July 9, 2012) – Fresno State graduate Tamsen Nichols Munger is paying it forward by pledging $100,000 to establish a scholarship endowment at her alma mater. The program carrying her name, when fully funded, will provide one or two scholarships a year of up to $4,000 to Fresno State students majoring in geology, physics, mathematics or chemistry.
Munger said she was inspired to make the gift inpart because of her experience as a student, according to Kathleen Schock, Fresno State’s campaign communications director. “Fresno State is an outstanding institution that provided me an excellent education, and I would like to be of assistance in furthering those same opportunities to future students in the physical sciences. It is vital that we advance our local knowledge of thephysical sciences as we balance the needs of our Central Valley’s agricultural-based economy with the demands of our growing urban community. For example, understanding the interaction between groundwater, air quality and soil will only become more important in the future. I believe the College of Science and Mathematics can play a crucial role in providing knowledge in this area.”
Munger was graduated from Fresno State in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in geology. After graduate study at the University of Colorado, she went on to own and manage Tamsen Munger Fine Gifts, a gallery specializing in aviation and maritime art. She retired three years ago.