Fresno State alumna gives $100K for scholarships

Fresno business woman Tamsen Nichols Munger donated $100,000 to establish a new Fresno State scholarship endowment.

Fresno State students majoring in geology, physics, mathematics or chemistry can get up to $4,000 through the Tamsen Nichols Munger Scholars Program.

Scholarships will be awarded to one or two students each year once the endowment is fully funded.

"It is vital that we advance our local knowledge of the physical sciences as we balance the needs of our Central Valley's agricultural-based economy with the demands of our growing urban community," Munger said in a press release.

Munger, a Fresno native, graduated from Fresno State in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in geology before going on to graduate studies at the University of Colorado.

Munger retired three years ago after owning and managing Tamsen Munger Fine Gifts in Fresno for 20 years

Established by Munger's father in 1979 as Tamsen's Frame Shop, the Fresno business went on to become a nationally recognized gallery specializing in aviation and maritime art.

Through the years, the gallery won many awards, including the Award of Merit for Gallery and Frame Shop design from an interior magazine, and numerous growth awards from the publisher Greenwich Workshop.