University of California, Riverside

UC Riverside Foundation Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards

Gordon A. Blunden/Provident Savings Bank Endowed Business Scholarship


School of Business D01039


Graduate or Undergraduate Student Support

History and Purpose:

Gordon Blunden was a well-regarded banker. In 1956 he founded the Provident Savings Bank and during the next four decades, guided its growth to the second largest financial institution in Riverside County. Mr. Blunden was an avid flyer, a navigator in the South Pacific during World War II, and he was a tireless community volunteer, actively participating in the work of the Kiwanis Club of Riverside, the United Way and the Riverside Chambers of Commerce.

In 1994, Mr. Blunden's son, Craig, an alumnus of UCR, created the Gordon A. Blunden/ Provident Savings Bank Endowed Business Scholarship in The A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management to honor his father. The scholarship assists outstanding and qualified undergraduate business and graduate MBA students in AGSM.

Gordon Blunden passed away in 1996.

Selection and Guidelines:

- Applicants must submit 10 page paper on a current banking issue such as the Community Reinvestment Act, Banking Credit crisis or other approved topics. And, if invited, make a presentation to the Provident Savings Bank Board.
- Recipient recommendations will be made by the SOBA Scholarship Committee.
- The awards shall be announced in the Spring of each year.
- The awards will be presented by the Dean of SOBA, or his/her designee, and, when available, the Chairman of Provident Savings Bank
- Preference will be given to incoming or current UCR business students having graduated from a Riverside County High School.

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