Support for the College of Letters and Science on Give Day Made All the Difference
Alumni and friends came together in a big way to support the College on Give Day this year. Through your generosity, the College received over 300 gifts , adding up to nearly $350,000 for student scholarships, program support and research. Overall, UC Davis raised more than $1.6 million. The online giving event ran for 29 hours, starting Friday, April 20 and ending at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, running concurrently with Picnic Day.
Challenge Gifts Made a Major Impact
L&S Student Scholarship Challenge
This fund provides scholarship support to incoming students with a major in the College of Letters and Science. Give Day support unlocked an additional $10,600 from the Parker Family Foundation .
First Generation Student Fund Challenge
This fund created an endowment for “transformational experiences” for first generation students at UC Davis pursuing experiences outside the classroom that transform the undergraduate experience and create future leaders. Give Day support unlocked an additional $5,000 from Dory Shaw Ford and Brian Ford.
San Francisco Young Alumni Senior Award Challenge
This fund supports UC Davis seniors majoring within the College of Letters and Science who plan to launch a career in the Bay Area, providing professional development and networking activities for young UC Davis alumni, as well as funding on-campus student run organizations. Give Day support unlocked an additional $5,000 from the Louderback Law Group.
Pathways to Professional Geology Challenge
The “Pathway to Professional Geology” program supports students along the pathway to professional licensure by providing direct financial assistance and preparatory resources for the ASBOG exam. This is an exceptional opportunity to support geology majors on their way to professional licensure and a rewarding career. Give Day support unlocked an additional $25,000 challenge from Roy Shlemon, a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council.
This fund supports outstanding academic programs, advance the pursuit of new knowledge, and make innovative research possible in Geology, within the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Give Day support unlocked an additional $5,000 from Lori Summa.
Quantum Mathematics and Physics Challenge
The Quantum Mathematics And Physics (QMAP) fund supports vibrant high-level scientific activity, including an active visitor program, workshops/conferences, as well as recognition and recruitment of stellar students and postdoctoral researchers. Such funds will help QMAP attain further international renown, becoming a destination of the top world experts in the field. Give Day support unlocked an additional $10,000.
History Undergraduate Students Support Challenge
This challenge provided support to undergraduate students majoring in history. Awards will be made to the history student who has made the greatest strides in overcoming personal, social-economic, and/or health obstacles during their path to UC Davis. Give Day support unlocked an additional $26,500 from the Bertakis and Spyridakis families .
Manfred P. Fleisher Undergraduate Honors Challenge
This challenge provided support to high-achieving undergraduate history majors and the opportunity to travel and do summer research about a specific historical time. Give Day support unlocked an additional $2,500 from Courtney Linn and Sarah Aikenhead.
The Richard A McGee AJI Graduate Scholarship Challenge
This challenge provided funding to graduate students in sociology who conduct innovative research to help develop rational decision-making leading toward a more even-handed, efficient and effective juvenile and criminal justice system and to increase the knowledge of research findings, especially among criminal justice decision makers. Give Day support unlocked an additional $94,506.
Chemistry Undergraduate Student Support Challenge
This challenge recognized outstanding undergraduate chemistry majors through scholarship support. Give Day support unlocked an additional $100,000 from Richard C. Larock, Ph.D. and John Maves.
R. Bryan Miller Symposium Challenge
Support for the R. Bryan Miller Symposium Fund unlocked an additional $2,500 from three generous chemistry alumni. The R. Bryan Miller Symposium features top speakers from industry and academia who share cutting edge research at the interface between Chemistry, Biology and Medicine. The Symposium awards student scholarships and celebrates the contributions of Professor R. Bryan Miller in Organic Chemistry.
First-Year Seminar, Peter Hays Prize Writing Challenge
Inspired by Professor Hays' abiding interest in undergraduate student writing and his continued teaching in the UC Davis First-Year Seminar Program, this fund supports an annual award for the best entry written in a First-Year Seminar. Give Day support unlocked an additional $10,000 from the Peter and Myrna Hays Family.
Student Fashion Show in Design Challenge
Support for this challenge went to UC Davis Design students who showcase their designs at the Picnic Day Fashion Show. This professional runway show features stunning garments created and executed by students from the Department of Design’s Signature Collection class. Give Day support unlocked an additional $2,500 from Bill and Nancy Roe.
Music Lesson Support Challenge
Support for this challenge helps to sustain and enhance the music lesson program and train our talented students to become gifted musicians. Give Day support unlocked an additional $3,000 from Janet E. Mayhew.
Joy S,. Shinkoskey Series Concerts Challenge
Support to this challenge keeps musical performances accessible on campus through free concerts. From string quartets to electric guitars and percussionists, the Joy S. Shinkoskey Series of Noon Concerts brings music from artists of all genres to UC Davis. Give Day support unlocked an additional $5,000 from Bret T. Hewitt ’76 and ’83.
Center for African Diaspora Student Success Challenge
Support to this challenge provides undergraduate African Diaspora students a way to engage with peers in a collaborative and supportive environment. Give Day support unlocked an additional $5,000 from Deborah Thompson-Austin and Ron Austin, Jr.