Scholarships Created in Memory of Richmond Resident Whose Estate Gifted $835,000 to CCC Foundation
The Contra Costa College Foundation has received a gift of $835,000 from the estate of Geraldine M. Packard. The donation will fund 12 annual scholarships through the newly established Packard-Zell Scholarship Fund.
“We are thrilled to be able to support even more students from our community looking for a second chance, thanks to the generosity of Ms. Packard,” said Sara Marcellino of the Contra Costa College Foundation. “This gift of education will support hundreds of our students – who are everyday heroes – over the next several decades.”
An East Bay Times obituary shared that Geraldine M. Packard, known as Geri, was the daughter of Frank and Mary Zell and a longtime Bay Area resident. Geri attended Reed College in Portland, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree. She married Bob Packard on August 20, 1964 and later moved to Richmond where they resided for more than 30 years. She was a beloved school teacher and librarian who served the communities of Cupertino and Alameda for more than 20 years.