Floral entrepreneur and philanthropist Toshikiyo “Andy” Matsui, who passed away Dec. 11, 2020, will be long remembered for higher education support that transformed the lives of scores of hundreds of Hartnell College students and will benefit countless more for decades to come.

Matsui was a multimillion-dollar founding scholarship donor to the Computer Science in 3 (CSin3) program, a degree partnership between Hartnell and Cal State Monterey Bay (CSUMB). That groundbreaking initiative, begun in 2013, is acclaimed for its success in graduating women and minority students, who have long been underrepresented in computer science and other STEM-related fields.

In 2017, the Matsui Foundation gifted 215 acres of northeast Salinas farmland to the Hartnell College Foundation. The property’s estimated value in excess of $20 million makes it the largest gift to a California community college and among the largest ever across the United States. The land’s farm lease income continues to benefit CSin3 students, and its eventual sale for housing development promises to make a historic impact on the college and its future students.

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