College Receives $420,000 From Volentine Trust

Westmont has received a gift of $420,468 from the Volentine Charitable Remainder Unitrust, established by the late Myatt W. and Mary Genevieve Volentine of Santa Barbara.

The unitrust distribution will fund the Myatt and Mary Genevieve Volentine Endowed Scholarship at the college.

“We are so grateful for the Volentines’ steadfast giving and for their keen foresight in setting up this provision to benefit deserving students,” President Stan D. Gaede said. “Whenever someone provides student scholarships, they provide for the future.”

Although his schooling ended in ninth grade, Volentine was a strong believer in the value of education. An adept businessman, he also was committed to helping community organizations.

The Volentines also set up a foundation to support various charities and through that have given generously to the college for many years. Charities that have benefited from the foundation include the Care Program at Santa Barbara City College, Casa Serena, Al-Anon, New House, the Rehabilitation Institute, the Rescue Mission and the Santa Barbara YMCA, as well as organizations in McCook, Neb., where the Volentines lived before moving to Santa Barbara in 1960.

Myatt Volentine died in 2001 at the age of 93, and his wife died a little more than a year later.

For more information, contact Vice President for Advancement Stephen C. Baker at (805) 565-7256 or