The West Los Angeles College Foundation recently received a $20,000 scholarship endowment from the Sydney Kronenthal Trust, which is named in honor of the noted Culver City public servant.
Kronenthal, the former director of Human Services for Culver City (now the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Dept.), was an active and popular figure in the city he served for over 50 years. He died at age 92 in October 2015.
“West is honored by Mr. Kronenthal’s generous gift through his estate. His endowment commends student achievement and promotes academic excellence now and in the future. It represents Mr. Kronenthal’s longtime visionary commitment to West,” said Interim West Los Angeles College President Robert Sprague. “Mr. Kronenthal understood our mission and the difference that West makes in students’ lives.
“I knew Mr. Kronenthal and his leadership, humor, and deep understanding of West’s commitment to transform students’ lives. We are privileged to have had him as an advocate, a foundation member, and now as a benefactor.”
According to Kronenthal Foundation Trustee Dana Ginsburg, Kronenthal was an early supporter of West Los Angeles College and served on the board of the college foundation’s board for many years, including a two-year stint as its chairman.