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Grant to fund Cal State L.A. resource center

LOS ANGELES — Cal State Los Angeles has received an endowment of more than $1.6 million from philanthropist Erika J. Glazer to help fund the university’s

Since 2006, Glazer and her family have provided more than $2 million in financial assistance to help undocumented students succeed at Cal State L.A.

The latest gift will help the university underwrite staff costs and maintain a dedicated space to provide academic guidance, referral assistance and other support to undocumented students. The center will be named the Erika J. Glazer Family Dreamers Resource Center.

“Fortunately, in recent years, there is less need for private scholarships but definitely a growing need for a center where students can get help working their way through a difficult legal process and assistance in powering through a four-year university on time,” Glazer said. “My hope is that this resource center will be obsolete in a few years and the funds can go towards other programs at Cal State L.A.”

The Glazer family has donated more than $700,000 to fund a scholarship program that was established in 2006. Thirty-six students have received awards based on academic merit, extracurricular activities, overcoming hardships, the likelihood of success in college and other factors.

“Cal State L.A. is grateful for the generous support we have received from Erika J. Glazer and her family. They realize that one of our greatest assets is our youth and that investing in them is investing in our future,” President William A. Covino said. “Her gift helps keep the promise of higher education alive for dreamer students.”