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Mildred Donoghue’s Longtime Gifts Support Students

Nov. 16, 2012

Mildred R. Donoghue, professor emeritus of elementary and bilingual education, is a believer in Cal State Fullerton’s educational mission.

The retired professor also understands the benefits of helping students receive a higher education through financial support. “I benefited from scholarships when I was an undergraduate at the University of Michigan,” Donoghue said. “I feel strongly that I should pass that benefit on. Many qualified students do not get the financial support they need, and I try to rectify that a little.”

She has funded two scholarships in the College of Education, one for students pursuing master’s degrees with a concentration in elementary curriculum and instruction, and one for continuing elementary education students pursuing multiple subject credentials.

Additionally, Donoghue is an annual supporter of the President’s Scholars program and has been a donor to CSUF every year since 1976. Her gifts come under the heading of the “It’s Our University” campaign, which is funded by donations from faculty, staff and emeriti.

Her generosity led to the creation of the Donoghue Children's Literature Center in the Pollak Library in 2001.

“Both the University and the public libraries lack sufficient funds, especially for children’s literature, so I try to make the best possible resources available to our students,” she said.

Donoghue joined the campus in 1962, and during her 48-year career, she was deeply involved in the development of the Elementary Education Department, which became the Department of Elementary and Bilingual Education. She is the author of 10 college textbooks. 

For more on the President’s Scholars program, please contact Melissa Cohea at or 657-278-4446.

For more on the Donoghue Children's Literature Center, contact Jane Hansen at or 657-278-7485.

By: Michael Mahi, 657-278-5143

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