CSU, Chico News

California State University, Chico Alum Donates $5,000 to Chico Student Success Center

Date: 01-20-2017

Sean Murphy
Public Affairs

The Chico Student Success Center provides help for current California State University, Chico students. A recent donation from a University alum is designed to ensure that future students will continue to receive help.

David Scotto visited the CSU, Chico campus on Jan. 20 to present a $5,000 donation to the Chico Student Success Center. Scotto (BS, Business Administration, and BA, French, ’89) is chief learning officer at the insurance claims management company Sedgwick Inc. Scotto is a member of CSU, Chico’s Tower Society, and is also a member of the CSU, Chico Alumni Association Board of Directors.

“David has been a real leader on our board. He’s one of the first to step up and make a commitment to join the Tower Society,” said Susan Anderson, assistant vice president of Alumni and Parent Relations, adding that after Scotto began donating, several other board members followed suit. “He’s very supportive of the University’s efforts for fundraising, especially for programs like Student Success and others that will directly help students,” she said.

The Chico Student Success Center’s focus is helping low-income and first-generation students at CSU, Chico. The center, located in the Student Services Center, features a computer lab where students can create and print their class work, grab a bite to eat and connect with like-minded students in a relaxed environment. Last year, 11,000 students utilized the computer lab.

Scotto, who was a first-generation student, hand-selected the Chico Student Success Center for the award in part because he knew the money would go directly to students. Sedgwick’s diversity and inclusion program, which the insurance claims company started about a year ago, looks for avenues for community outreach, “so it’s a good match. But also, it’s the right thing to do,” Scotto said.

Ahmad Boura, vice president for University Advancement, said direct gifts to the University demonstrate that students are a worthy investment.

“It is incredibly powerful when alumni like David Scotto invest in today’s students,” Boura said. “It shows them that they matter, that they are part of a community that believes in them and their success,” he said.

Calling the Chico Student Success Center “one of the best-kept secrets at the University,” Scotto envisions future donations to CSU, Chico.

“I hope this is something we can continue, I hope it’s not a one-time deal,” Scotto said. “This is going to be a regular partnership with the Student Success Center and our company,” he said.