Oakland A’s once again doing business with Peralta, announce $100k endowment

Club had previously attempted to build proposed park at site of a Peralta campus

Karl Buscheck
August 13, 2018 - 11:38 am

The Oakland A’s are doing big things for their neighbors, announcing a $100,000 endowment to the Peralta Colleges Foundation on Monday morning.

The Oakland Athletics Scholars Program, via the club’s Community Fund, will provide four scholarships per year for students enrolled in a variety of disciplines from Business to Digital Media & Communications to Information Technology to Hospitality/Retail and Environment & Sustainability. The students will also have the opportunity to take part in internships with the team.

“The Oakland A’s financial commitment to the Peralta Colleges Foundation is another example of our positive impact in our community,” A’s President Dave Kaval in a statement. “We are excited to support the Peralta Colleges Workforce Development programs for East Bay students.”

The new scholarship offers opportunity for local students and marks the return to business between the baseball club and the Peralta colleges.

Back in December, the Peralta Community College District’s governing board directed its chancellor to cease planning for a possible baseball stadium on a 15-acre plot near Oakland’s Laney College.

The A’s had wanted to build their new digs on that site. For now, they’re zeroing in on their current home and Howard Terminal near Jack London as potential locales.

Could the new scholarship program be part of a larger negotiation? A return to the table? Only time will tell.

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