Son honors mother’s memory with education scholarship

By ESRA HASHEM, Student Writer

Jeff Dandridge, son of Fresno State alumna Charlotte Dandridge, established a scholarship through the Fresno State Alumni Association in honor of his mother’s memory.

“She passed away in January,” Jeff said. “I wanted to honor her career as a teacher by rewarding students who are also pursuing that career.”

The Charlotte J. Dandridge Memorial Scholarship endowment was established through a $10,000 gift and aims to support students majoring in education and/or liberal studies. It was founded by Jeff this spring.

It is one of seven newly-endowed scholarship agreements approved by the Fresno State Alumni Association after receiving $99,000 in donations during the 2014–15 academic year.

Charlotte Dandridge was born on October 11, 1939 in Sprague, Oklahoma. She moved to Chowchilla in 1951 and graduated from Chowchilla High School in 1957. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education cum laude from Fresno State in 1961.

Charlotte married Kenneth Dandridge, also a Fresno State alumnus, in 1962.

Charlotte had a 38-year career in the Cupertino Union School District, where she enjoyed teaching children primarily in kindergarten and grades one and two. Charlotte was awarded an Honorary Service Award in 1978 at Jollyman Elementary School and was PTA Teacher of the Year at Lincoln Elementary in 1991. She retired in 1999.

“She had a really amazing career as a teacher,” Jeff said. “I did this to honor her and to reward students who are pursuing greatness through teaching. You have a huge opportunity to make an impact on so many lives as a teacher.”

Jeff said his mother was especially fond of her college friends from Fresno State, the Bunco buddies and the Lincolnettes.

“I’m connected to the university through my parents and I wanted to honor my mom by helping others,” Jeff said. “She was really big on helping others.”

To learn more about how to support student success by giving, contact Peter Robertson at probertson@csufresno.edu. Those interested in donating toward the Charlotte J. Dandridge Memorial Scholarship can visit www.fresnostate.edu/alumni/support.html.