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$1 million from Grossman family jump-starts fundraising program for new students

New students planning to attend Butte College in the fall are in for a special treat. Butte College’s Promise Scholarship is providing two semesters of free tuition and fees for first-time, full-time students.

The scholarship is funded through state grants and private donations, the largest of which—at $1 million—was recently received from alumnus Ken Grossman, founder of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., and his wife, Katie Gonser.

Grossman, Gonser and their children all attended Butte College. He said they are proud to invest in students, and believe the program will encourage more of them to attend community college, learn a trade, enroll in a career program and ultimately contribute to the workforce and economy.

Butte College has a minimum fundraising goal of $2.7 million, but also wants to extend the program to two years. For more info, call 895-2359 or visit