Monday, November 7, 2011

Peggy Downes Baskin donates $250,000 to MPC Foundation

Peggy Downes Baskin, a former teacher and long time supporter of the Monterey Peninsula College, has donated $250,000 to the Dr. Peggy Downes Baskin Faculty Advancement Endowment, which was established in her honor by friends and family members.

The last time MPC received professional development funds from the state was in the 2008-09 school year, when less than $38,000 were made available. Because of the state’s current budget woes, professional development funds have dried up.

Baskin and her husband Jack have long been associated with the college. To recognize the couple’s efforts to the success of the MPC Renaissance Campaign in 2002, college officials named the Peggy Downes Basking Information Commons in the Library and Technology Center.

The Baskins also fund an annual $20,000 scholarship to an MPC graduating female student who’s going on to obtain an undergraduate degree from the University of California. Baskin was awarded the 2011 President’s Award in May for her dedication to the college and students.

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