Investing in the Next Generation
As a former student-athlete, Bix Whitcomb (BA, English, ’69) can relate to the challenges of balancing academics, sports, and a job. “When I was a senior, carrying a full load with a 3.5 GPA and working 20 hours a week, I set a record in my swimming event at the regionals,” says Bix. “My performance qualified me to go to nationals. However, due to constant fatigue, I came down with mononucleosis and never got to enjoy my lifelong goal. No athlete or worthy student should ever have to go through a similar disappointment merely due to lack of funds.”
In 2007, he established the Bix B. Whitcomb Scholar/Athlete Scholarship, which Sable Villaescusa (in photo with Bix) has received for the past three years. “When I think of Sable and the growth I have seen in her as a top athlete and a high-achieving student, I can only smile and feel that there is goodness and hope in the world,” he says.
Bix has dedicated a significant portion of his estate to support Chico State students and has established two other scholarships. He says that after retiring as a schoolteacher, he began to miss making a difference in others’ lives. “I decided that giving back to education would be the best way to make a difference. Little did I know that, five years later, I would have an extended family of Chico State students, alumni, and faculty.”
To learn how to create your own legacy gift, contact the Office of Planned Giving at 877-862-4426 or email Gary Salberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’80) illustrated the New Yorker’s 2012 election cover.
(BA, Chemistry, ’71) is helping design Disney’s newest theme park in Shanghai.
(BA, Communication Design, ’92) runs The Sustainable Kitchen, a cooking school/farm tour program.