By Kristina Hernandez, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 10/18/14, 7:21 PM PDT |

REDLANDS >> Thanks to the largest gift in the school’s history, the University of Redlands has established a scholarship program to benefit future students.

The $35 million donation comes from graduates Richard “Rich” and Virginia “Ginnie” Hunsaker. The Corona del Mar couple made the donation to finance the Richard and Virginia Hunsaker Scholarship Fund that will benefit incoming College of Arts and Sciences students.

“It is certainly, in many ways, a transformational gift as an institution,” said Kevin Dyerly, vice president of enrollment. “It is going to provide us with a wonderful opportunity to attract and enroll some talented students who have such promise as future leaders and, specifically, engaged students.”

The donation was announced this past week and also in front of more than 1,000 students, faculty and alumni on Saturday during homecoming celebrations.

The Hunsakers, who are graduates of the university’s Class of 1952 and have made several other contributions to the university over the years, said they are looking forward to witnessing student success to those who benefit from the scholarship and continue making the mantra “once a Bulldog, always a Bulldog” a reality.

“The reason we give is (because) we believe in what the university is doing,” Rich Hunsaker said Friday afternoon. “We want to attract students to come to the university … who will be able to improve the student body and be future leaders in time. And as soon as some of them go through, they too will give back to the university in a greater amount than most because they’ll be successful.

“That’s really the motivation behind it.”

The Hunsakers’ affiliation with the university began in 1948 when they first set foot on the campus where Rich earned a degree in business and Ginnie a degree in education.

After graduating, Ginnie went on to teach kindergarten, while Rich found a career in real estate and founded Hunsaker Management Inc. The company “currently manages a portfolio of three million square feet of industrial and commercial properties in Southern California,” according to the university.

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