Robert Hollinshed was a youth correctional officer who lived in Stockton for 55 years. He had no college education and, apparently, no ties to San Joaquin Delta College.
But now, 11 years after his death, a donation from Hollinshed's trust will allow more than 50 students to complete two years of higher education through Delta's Passport to College program.
Hollinshed's daughter Lynette Hollinshed of Stockton declined to discuss the $117,891 gift in detail. She indicated she arranged for the donation.
In 2006, Delta promised free tuition to 7,000 schoolchildren if they would stay in school and take steps to prepare for college. Those children are set to graduate from high school in 2014. Many are likely to qualify for state tuition waivers, but the college will have to pay about $2 million in tuition for those who do not qualify, said Michael Kerns, vice president for student services.
The donation will help the school move toward that goal.