The nonprofit foundation seeks scholarship and program funding for the county's three community colleges: Canada College in Woodside, the College of San Mateo, and Skyline College in San Bruno, according to a Feb. 5 statement from foundation executive director Stephani Scott.
The foundation awarded $419,000 in scholarships and $399,000 in grants to college programs and services in the 2008-09 school year, Ms. Scott said.
Mr. Varner, now in his fifth year on the board, is president and chief executive of the nonprofit Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Colma, and president of the Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation, Ms. Scott said.
Mr. Varner is a certified public accountant and holds executive positions in several industry associations. In March, he expects to be named president-elect of the American Cemetery Association based in the Washington D.C. area, Ms. Scott said.
He and his wife Jo-Ellen have two sons, one of whom attends the College of San Mateo.