Donors supporting excellence

  • Video Profiles

    September 15, 2017

  • Dr. Greg Gates

    Helping students spot medical pseudoscience

    September 15, 2017

    A popular new class made possible by a donor delves into history, psychology, chemistry, ethics, and—yes—medicine, exploring the limits and potentials of health care

  • Michael Bonanomi playing a guitar

    We got the beat: New course tunes into music

    August 14, 2017

    A new popular music course established in memory of an alum will be taught by a visiting artist or scholar.

  • Emma Jean "Rusty" Bowman and Professor Barry Bowman in their lab

    Finding a way through a will

    June 27, 2017

    With a new endowment and a planned gift, Emeritus Professor Barry Bowman and his wife, retired researcher Emma Jean Bowman are helping their former department maintain research momentum.

  • Michael Morgan demonstrating chemistry

    Honoring a life-changing teacher

    April 27, 2017

    Michael Morgan is one of the many UC Santa Cruz alumni who credit retired chemistry professor Frank Andrews with changing their lives. Now he's honoring Andrews with a chair in science education.

  • Narinder Kapany, fiber-optics pioneer

    November 6, 2016

    Narinder Singh Kapany, a pioneering fiber-optics researcher and entrepreneur, has made a gift of $500,000 to the University of California, Santa Cruz, to establish an endowed chair in entrepreneurship.

  • Mary E. Doyle

    Resource for open source

    January 24, 2016

    Sage Weil’s Ph.D. thesis became the basis for a remarkable career. Since then, he has given back to UC Santa Cruz, donating $3 million to support research in open-source software.

  • Bev Crair

    May her memory be a blessing

    December 11, 2015

    Bev Crair’s mother was her best friend. “My mother, ” said Crair, “taught me to live a full and honest life.”

  • Mary E. Doyle

    Why do I give to UC Santa Cruz?

    November 24, 2015

    I have been committed to UC Santa Cruz from the day I first set foot on campus. It is home to me—a beautiful place where I was challenged and supported to reach my potential.

  • Dean McHenry and Henry McHenry

    McHenry’s legacy continues

    November 12, 2015

    UC Santa Cruz’s founding chancellor Dean McHenry set the tone for the campus’s remarkable combination of large research university sophistication and intimate residential colleges when it opened 50 years ago.

  • Darrell Long

    Sustaining her vision

    October 19, 2015

    The Mary Katherine Long Endowed Scholarship Fund will help low-income women at UC Santa Cruz pursue engineering and science educations.

  • Siegmund Gutman

    Gratitude for a life of discovery

    September 23, 2015

    Siegmund Gutman’s mind expanded at UC Santa Cruz, with interdisciplinary science and humanities courses setting the groundwork for his life of discovery and inquiry.

  • Ricky Bluthenthal and Nancy Berglass

    Why do I give?

    July 29, 2015

    "UC Santa Cruz had a big impact on my life when I was a student, and it still does. Being there helped me figure out how the world worked. You might even say it launched me," Ricky Bluthenthal, UC Santa Cruz Foundation Board member.

  • Sharon Naraghi

    Growing a legacy

    May 26, 2015

    Third-generation Central Valley farmer Sharon Naraghi fell in love with UC Santa Cruz's sustainable farming program when she visited the campus's organic farm stand and signed up for a farm-to-fork dinner.

  • Darren Shou

    Starting a virtuous cycle

    March 16, 2015

    Darren Shou of Symantec has a simple explanation for his company's $500,000 contribution toward a $1 million endowment to establish a chair in storage and security at UC Santa Cruz.

  • Youri Bujko and Luciana Andrade

    Help for those with the least

    January 21, 2015

    Investor Youri Bujko and his wife Luciana Andrade pledged $50,000 to help underprivileged students study the arts at UC Santa Cruz.

  • Joe Konopelski and Nancy Cox-Konopelski

    Way beyond a job

    January 9, 2015

    The Academic Excellence (ACE) program has helped thousands of students make their way through UCSC's rigorous STEM courses.

  • William Hancock

    Restoring quarry glory

    January 4, 2015

    A proud UCSC alumnus wants to see a campus landmark come to life once more.

  • Anna Bourdet Hagata

    Lending a hand by lending books

    November 18, 2014

    Valerie, Melvin, and Bart Simmons have established The Anne Bourdet Hagata Endowment in honor of their grandmother, to ensure that low-income students get needed books through the Educational Opportunity Program's lending library.

  • Ken Norris

    Protecting the land. Preserving a legacy.

    June 25, 2014

    A $2 million gift from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation honors the memory of Ken Norris, while helping to ensure that UC Santa Cruz remains a leader in natural history programs.

  • Mark Headley and Christina Pehl

    A quietly incredible woman

    April 25, 2014

    When Mark Headley (Stevenson '83, politics) and his wife, Christina Pehl, established a new endowed chair at UCSC, they honored an extraordinary woman who worked tirelessly for four University of California presidents.

  • Patricia and Rowland Rebele

    Sparking a relationship between art and science

    January 9, 2014

    With their $1 million kick-off gift, an important part of UCSC's $300 million fundraising campaign, the Rebeles are helping to make into reality the highly anticipated Institute of the Arts and Sciences.

  • Karen Rhodes

    Giving back by paying forward

    September 19, 2013

    Karen Rhodes (Cowell '77, history) fits the profile of the versatile and determined Banana Slug. She and her husband, fellow Slug Robert Weiner (College Eight '83, environmental studies), have been consistent, reliable donors to UC Santa Cruz.

  • Dave Kirk

    Love letter to McHenry Library

    July 25, 2013

    David Kirk developed video and media libraries at UCSC. Now he's arranged for a planned gift that will support McHenry Library far into the future.

  • Harwood G. and Frances C. Kolsky

    Computer pioneer honors wife and grandson with scholarship

    May 14, 2013

    "I've lived the American dream," said UCSC emeritus professor Harwood Kolsky. "I was helped by three scholarships to get through school so I know how important they can be."

  • Christine and Robert Holo

    Supporting a family passion

    March 12, 2013

    $1 million gift will help fund a new education wing at the Center for Ocean Health.

  • Jerry Ruiz

    Jerry Ruiz is fulfilling his life's mission

    November 6, 2012

    Attorney Jerry Ruiz (Crown '77) aids underserved neighborhoods and helps kids from those communities go to college.

  • Warren Hellman

    Hellman family bestows boost for research

    August 15, 2012

    "One of the best things my family has ever done with our giving."

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    Faculty lead by example

    June 29, 2012

    "The Environmental Sciences faculty decided to take it upon ourselves to raise the money and offer these classes long-term."

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    Bill Dickinson (Cowell, '68)

    February 9, 2012

    "I learned at UCSC to take an idea and not just say 'isn't that a nice idea' but ask how do you actually go live it."

  • Virginia Jansen

    Virginia and George Jansen

    July 14, 2011

    "We are really happy to know that our future gift will make a difference for the University and McHenry Library—the library that dutifully and reliably supported my research over 35 years.”

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    Linda & Bill Anderson and Raymond E. Davis Jr.

    February 9, 2011

    "People assume that because you’re an adult, you have the money to pay for school. It’s often even harder for returning students."

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    Joseph Bunnett

    February 9, 2011

    "It's a win-win situation," said professor of chemistry emeritus Joseph Bunnett of his planned gift to UC Santa Cruz. "To my way of thinking, it's hard to say whether it's a gift to this worthy institution, or an investment for my family."

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    Barbara Canfield

    February 9, 2011

    UCSC Foundation trustee Barbara Canfield made a gift of stock to UCSC’s Soroptimist International of Santa Cruz Endowment.

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    Alison Keeler Carrillo

    February 9, 2011

    Artist and teacher Eduardo Carrillo continues to inspire and support students thanks to the generosity of his widow, Alison Keeler Carrillo, and other donors who have established a scholarship in his memory.

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    William Alfred Chavez

    February 9, 2011

    The William Alfred Chavez Student Award is granted to academically outstanding students from the San Joaquin Valley who show commitment to increasing understanding or improving the welfare of Chicanos and Latinos in the U.S.

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    Allan J. Dyson

    February 9, 2011

    "You can have a good public university based on what the state budget is, but you can't have a great public university without having the active involvement of donors in all sorts of areas, donors small and large."

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    Ken and Moira Feingold

    February 9, 2011

    "College expenses have gone up so much, many families that could afford it in our day no longer can. So by supporting scholarships, we want to encourage all those students to attend."

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    Sandra Frausto

    February 9, 2011

    “Sandra wanted to be a teacher. She saw how hard our mother worked to put all eight of us through school and how important our education was to her. For Sandra, there was never any question that she would go on to college.”

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    Santa Cruz Seaside Company Scholarship

    February 9, 2011

    "To be able to create a scholarship for local students studying at UC Santa Cruz is something I'm very proud of. I want to help ensure that future generations of local students are able to pursue their dreams through education."

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    Lee and Dan Gilbert

    January 1, 2011

    "It was very easy for me to go to college. My parents paid for it, and I lived in a dorm. We were served our meals in a dining room by waitresses! So I could particularly appreciate how hard it is for any re-entry student, and especially for women."

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    Lisa Gimmy

    January 1, 2011

    "When the student callers contact me and they're asking for donations, and they explain what they go through now and you compare it to what you were offered, your heart just goes out to them."

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    Mark Headley

    January 1, 2011

    "I had no idea there was a job called portfolio manager out there, but the work I was doing at UC Santa Cruz, comparing the economic development of countries, is exactly what I'm doing today."

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    Christy Anh-Thu Trinh-Malarney

    January 1, 2011

    "So many of Christy's interests and concerns came together at UC Santa Cruz. She felt that the university, the education, and the extracurricular activities were some of the most tremendous experiences of her life."

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    Paul Rabwin

    January 1, 2011

    "It's clear that the creative environment at UC Santa Cruz is what motivated me to succeed in this career." Rabwin supports the UC Santa Cruz theater arts program "financially, emotionally, and spiritually -- anything I can do to help."

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    Winifred Steiner & Mary Beth Train

    January 1, 2011

    A remarkable scholarship that began with one woman’s generous spirit continues to grow through a family’s commitment to education and service.

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    Stephen Klein

    January 1, 2011

    "People who have a stake in UC Santa Cruz need to step up and make that concrete. One way to do that is to give your time and another way to do that is to give your money. I'm able to do both, and I'm grateful for the opportunity."

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    Mary Thush

    January 1, 2011

    "Having no immediate family, I wanted to leave my estate to an educational institution like UCSC."