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Incentive Awards

One Bay Area donor is making the dreams of 13 high achieving but disadvantaged San Francisco teenagers come true by providing scholarships for the students to attend Berkeley for the next four years.

The Bernard Osher Foundation was founded by San Francisco businessman Bernard Osher. His wife, Barbro Sachs-Osher, is president of the foundation, which will donate $260,000 to fund entirely the undergraduate fees of the 1995 recipients of the Incentive Awards.

Every year, Berkeley's innovative Incentive Awards Program chooses one outstanding student from each of San Francisco's public high schools to receive a $20,000 scholarship. Costs beyond fee expenses are paid for by other gifts and grants so the student budgets are fully met.

This is the first time an individual donor has offered to fund the educations of the entire group of winning students.

"The board of the Osher Foundation was strongly impressed with the achievements of the Incentive Awards scholars who have come to Berkeley in the last three years," said Fred Balderston, professor emeritus and executive vice president of the Osher Foundation.

Dwinelle Upgrade

State funding in the 1995-96 fiscal year for the Dwinelle Hall capital project to expand and improve life safety, has cleared an important hurdle in a state legislative committee.

The campus requested $10.6 million in state funds to give the 16 humanities and social sciences departments in the building additional space and computer capabilities. Already nearly $1 million of state money has been spent for planning and architectural drawings.

Since the building was completed in 1952, the number of students using the facility has increased 50 percent, and the number of faculty has doubled, but the facilities have not been expanded.

A fire safety component was important to getting the project passed. Even though Dwinelle includes a large measure of life safety upgrades, the Assembly budget subcommittee for education finance was not initially convinced that the modernization was critical at this time.

Chancellor Tien, who visited Sacramento three days before the subcommittee hearing on the project, met with members. And in an effort coordinated by the campus Public Affairs office, alumni and friends contacted these legislators to discuss the importance of the project.

If the funding proposal makes it through the final state budget process and is funded in the next fiscal year, construction would start in June 1996 and be completed in fall 1997.

Same-Day 'Fastmail

Mail Services announces guaranteed same day delivery of Fastmail pouches for urgent campus mail to the mailrooms of Accounting, Payroll, Personnel and Campus Copy Service.

Mail Services has been testing Fastmail same-day service over the past several months and it has proven to be extremely reliable. To sign up for Fastmail or for more information, contact Kay Ingle, assistant manager, at 643-6404 or kingle@uclink.


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