Lend Lease gift establishes new scholarship

Global construction and property development firm Lend Lease has made a gift to SF State to establish a new scholarship fund for students who were formerly incarcerated, helping them on their way to academic success.

Photo of representatives from Lend Lease and SF State and students from the TAB program holding a large check. Representatives from Lend Lease and SF State and students from the TAB program hold a check from Lend Lease to the University.

Executives from Lend Lease attended a campus reception on May 9, where they presented the University with a check for $33,385.

The Lend Lease Scholarships will support students who transfer to SF State from City College of San Francisco through the Transfer Articulation Bridge (TAB) program and have participated in City College's Second Chance program for formerly incarcerated students.

Once enrolled at SF State, these students will be eligible to apply for Lend Lease Scholarships to help them pay for books and other academic expenses. The first awards are planned for summer and fall 2012.

Photo of Bruce Berardi, senior vice president of Lend Lease, and Peter Read, vice president of Lend Lease, presenting a check to TAB Program Coordinator Paul Mendez.

Bruce Berardi, senior vice president of Lend Lease (left), and Peter Read, vice president of Lend Lease (center), present a check to TAB Program Coordinator Paul Mendez (right).

"The donation was a collective contribution from Lend Lease and several Bay Area subcontractors in their support of our highly successful Golf Tournament fundraiser last fall," said Bruce Berardi, senior vice president of Lend Lease. "Hearing the testimonials of several TAB and Second Chance participants moved us and inspired us to help out. We are proud to be able to contribute to such a worthy cause."

The TAB program is designed to ease students' transition between City College and SF State, particularly for those from low-income, first generation and underrepresented backgrounds.

Photo of student Marilyn Bunag with TAB Program Coordinator Paul Mendez.

Former TAB and Second Chance participant Marilyn Bunag (left) with SF State's TAB Program Coordinator Paul Mendez (right). Bunag is graduating this year with a bachelor's in sociology and has been selected as one of seven exceptional students who will receive the symbolic hood at Commencement on behalf of their fellow students.

The program allows City College students to concurrently enroll in an SF State class that introduces them to the campus and its student support services. The class, which is free of charge and takes place on the SF State campus, also allows students to earn three units of college credit before they transfer to the University.  

"It's a proactive approach to retention," said SF State's TAB Program Coordinator Paul Mendez, who established the program in 1985. "The program helps students get acclimated to the University before they officially enroll here. When they do transfer here, they quickly get connected and they just blossom."

ISED 201) and Mendez says each class typically includes about five formerly incarcerated students from the Second Chance program.

 

Nearly 400 students have taken part in TAB in the last ten years and more than 50 percent have successfully transferred to SF State or other four-year colleges.

-- Elaine Bible