Giving supports student success

  • Video Profiles

    May 16, 2017

  • Justice Brandenburg at breathtaking Cowell Plaza

    Long-ago gift helps a struggling student thrive

    March 3, 2017

    A donation made more than half a century ago proves to be a gift today for student Justice Brandenburg, who was awarded a scholarship that provided him with the means to stay in school

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    Cowell students’ fundraising for Quarry turns $2,000 into $30,000

    May 10, 2016

    Students in Cowell Provost Faye Crosby's philanthropy class hosted a fundraising dinner during UC Santa Cruz Alumni Weekend that raised more than $30,000 for the Quarry project.

  • Jimiliz Valiente-Neighbours

    Rising to the challenge

    November 23, 2015

    Leaving behind an early life of poverty, Layla Cervantes (College Eight ’16, molecular, cell and developmental biology) is defying the statistics and becoming a scientist.

  • Jimiliz Valiente-Neighbours

    Saving history

    September 28, 2015

    Generous donors helped sociology graduate student Jimiliz Valiente-Neighbours fulfill her dreams while preserving a piece of history that would have been lost forever.

  • Quan Tran

    Paying it forward

    March 5, 2015

    A $2,500 Senior Class Council scholarship, with money raised by members of the Class of 2013, is supporting Quan Tran's journey to medical school.

  • Brandon Vi

    Pursuing science, technology, and transportation planning

    February 18, 2015

    An Alumni Association Scholarship allowed this student from East San Jose to focus on his career goals.

  • Scarlett Clothier-Goldschmidt

    Saving a dying language

    October 22, 2014

    Grad student's project helps linguists contemplate the universal properties of human cognition

  • Abuoali Mohajerinejad

    'Change is possible'

    August 21, 2014

    Gabriel Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship winner escaped Iran and has since worked for human-rights causes there and in the U.S.

  • Sindy Ramirez

    'Medicine wasn't enough'

    July 21, 2014

    Father's illness propelled determined undergrad to do research on bacterium that can cause stomach diseases

  • Autumn Johnson

    Poetry in motion

    May 8, 2014

    For student Autumn Johnson, an organizer of the Kinetic Poetics Project, being on the receiving end of philanthropy also means giving back.

  • Gemma Garcia

    Don't give up on your dreams

    March 25, 2014

    Student Gemma Garcia was working in the fields at age 12; today she is studying at UC Santa Cruz with plans to go into teaching and working to preserve the traditional culture of the Mixtec community.

  • Carson Watts

    "I recognize I can make a difference"

    February 14, 2014

    Grad student Carson Watts's experience in a Ghanaian slum confirmed his career path of sustainable development.

  • Meka Williams

    Using her mind

    January 31, 2014

    Meka Williams came to UCSC with only sheets, a blanket and her clothes. She has made the most of the opportunity to make her life better.

  • Yeram Cheong

    Research as a Form of Activism

    October 31, 2013

    Undergraduate Yeram Cheong, a South Korean immigrant, wants to bring research into a future career as a counselor and teacher

  • July 25, 2013

  • Scholarships support community

    July 25, 2013

    By providing resources for students hailing from the Kings and Tulare county where he also grew up, one donor is helping support his community.

  • Josh Katz

    Beyond the Comfort Zone

    July 23, 2013

    The Education Abroad Program at UC Santa Cruz and an Irwin Project Grant pushed Josh Katz (Porter College '15) to explore new avenues in life and art.

  • Juan Morales

    Overcoming the Odds

    April 29, 2013

    The son of migrant workers, Juan Morales's path to UC Santa Cruz (College Ten '18) was anything but typical.

  • Xochitl Rios

    I Promised Myself

    December 11, 2012

    “The Pister scholarship meant everything to me. It meant I survived," said Xochitl Rios, Oakes College '13

  • Raydan Alhubaishi

    A New Worldview

    December 10, 2012

    Raydan Alhubaishi, Oakes College ’13, has escaped war and exile. Now, he ponders a career in diplomacy.

  • Frank Tello

    Taking His Place

    December 5, 2012

    "I see myself in a whole life I never imagined," said Frank Tello, Cowell College '13.

  • Megan Vassey

    Achieving the Dream

    September 17, 2012

    "Scholarships made all the difference so I could get an education at a UC campus," said Megan Vassey, Crown College '13.

  • Sable Yemane

    Driven to Succeed

    July 23, 2012

    "Being part of the ACCESS scholars learning commmunity has allowed me to meet professors and other students in my major," said Sable Yemane, Crown College '14.

  • Yethzell Diaz

    Committed to Public Service

    February 24, 2011

    Yethzéll Díaz, a senior majoring in Latin American and Latino studies and sociology, is the first recipient of the Gabriel Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship, which was named for the UCSC alumnus and slain congressional aide.

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    Focusing on Studies

    February 9, 2011

    Stella Wilson-Frey (College Eight '12, sociology) is the 2010-11 Santa Cruz Seaside Scholarship recipient.

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    Creating Art

    February 9, 2011

    Nancy Bonilla is the recipient of an Eduardo Carrillo Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to art majors who achieve high academic merit in painting, drawing, or sculpture.

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    Access to Opportunities

    February 9, 2011

    Charles Tolliver was the first recipient of the Eric Thomas Memorial Scholarship, an award established to celebrate the life and achievements of the late alumnus.

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    Starting a Career

    February 9, 2011

    "It was a great honor just to be selected, such a surprise and such a nice one," said Skye Vendt-Pearce, recipient of an Amy Beth Snader Memorial Scholarship.