Centennial Giving - Honoring Our History, Building the Future


Humboldt State University’s Centennial is a time to look back on all that has been accomplished, while also looking ahead to a promising future. And in many ways, that future will be built with the help of committed donors – individuals who understand what makes Humboldt State unique and want to build on the institution’s legacy.

With the help of alumni and community volunteers on the HSU Advancement Foundation Board, the University has identified three important priorities for donor support during the Centennial. These efforts will strengthen the learning experience, make college possible for more students, and create lasting enhancements to the campus.

Please consider these priorities when deciding how you will support and honor HSU during its Centennial. Your gifts will make a real difference for students, both today and in the future.

Applied Learning

Humboldt alumni often share how hands-on learning was important to their education. Today, applied learning remains a cornerstone of the academic experience. Funds will support priorities such as assistantships, internships, curricular enhancements, undergraduate research with faculty, service learning, class projects in the community, and the like. Gifts may be made to Humboldt Loyalty Fund – Applied Learning.

Scholarship Support

Scholarships are crucial in attracting students and helping them achieve their academic goals. This is particularly true today, given the fast-rising cost of a college education. Gifts may be directed in many ways, including creating a new endowed scholarship, or supporting an existing scholarship fund, the General Scholarship Fund, or the prestigious President’s Scholarship Fund.

Green and Gold Room & Centennial Grove

The old library in Founders Hall, an important but neglected piece of HSU history, will be renovated into a student study lounge as well as a small events venue. It will be the University’s “living room,” showcasing campus history and its strong sense of community. To the south, near the athletics complex, an existing redwood grove will be transformed into a space for informal gatherings and quiet contemplation. The University is seeking $800,000 in private funds for these two projects. Gifts may be made to the Green & Gold Room Fund or the Centennial Grove Fund.

To make a gift, use our secure online form or make a check payable to “HSU Advancement Foundation” with the fund or department indicated on the memo line. Mail to:

Humboldt State University Advancement Foundation
Gift Processing Center
1 Harpst Street
Arcata, CA 95521

For more information, including how to establish a new endowment, contact University Advancement at 707-826-5101 or visit humboldt.edu/giving.