Cal State Dominguez Hills alumnus donates $200,000 for STEM students

A former Boeing executive who grew up in Gardena and his wife have donated $200,000 to establish a scholarship for STEM students at Carson’s Cal State Dominguez Hills.

John Tracy and his wife, Katherine, established the Takeshi Katsumata Endowed Scholarship, in the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, in her father’s name. He was a Japanese-American farmer, who lost everything when he and his family were interned during World War II.

The endowment will fund scholarships of at least $5,000 to help full-time, low-income Cal State Dominguez Hills students studying science, technology, engineering and math. Tracy received a bachelor’s degree in physics at Dominguez Hills in 1976.

Tracy said he was especially interested in supporting students like himself, who was the first in his family to attend college.

“What makes first-generation college students so special is that they don’t think anyone owes them anything,” he said in a press release. “They know that they must work hard for everything they need, and if they don’t, it won’t happen.”

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