Sonoma State receives $2.2 million for economically disadvantaged students

Sonoma State University received more than $2.2 million in donations for its Educational Opportunity Program.

The money came from Mill Valley’s Kalmanovitz Charitable Foundation, Healdsburg’s Rodney Strong Vineyards, Napa wine barrel supplier Cooperages 1912, and the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, which owns the Graton Resort and Casino in Rohnert Park. The money will allow the program to provide scholarships and other support to hundreds of economically disadvantaged students, who often are the first in their families to go to college, SSU officials said.

“It is a priority for my administration to recruit and support first-generation college students, particularly those from our local region,” SSU president President Judy Sakaki said in a statement. “These generous gifts will allow us to make remarkable strides in this direction.”