Marion Cilker was an alumna of San Jose State University's College of Education,an
artist, and a lover of art. A 1939 graduate of the College of Humanities and the Arts,
Marion Cilker had a long family connection with San José State University.
Her mother and aunts also graduated from San José State University when it was San
José Normal School. In 2009, Cilker generously endowed two full tuition scholarships
for teacher-education students committed to infusing teaching with the arts. Her gift
also supports an annual conference free for all SJSU students and teachers from local
Title I designated public schools.