Endowment Expands Scholarship Made in Daughter's Memory

Lesley Diane Sanchez had big dreams. She wanted to be a lawyer someday, perhaps even president of the United States. Her dreams, and those of her parents for her, were cut short in 1993 when Leslie died just two years into her studies at UC Davis.

To honor their daughter’s passion for education and political science, Richard and Patricia Sanchez established an endowment to fund the Lesley Diane Sanchez Scholarship. The award supports women with financial need majoring in political science and excelling academically.

International Relations Major to Vie for Miss America Crown

July 17, 2018
Nina Forest’s summer got off to an unexpectedly busy start—with a series of news interviews, official appearances at parades, festivals and other community events, and preparations for the Miss America competition. A UC Davis senior majoring in international relations and minoring in Chinese, Forest was crowned in June as Miss Idaho 2018.

Irene Mapanao

September 13, 2017
Irene Mapanao never dreamed she would be able to attend UC Davis. She thought the cost was out of reach. Then an email arrived announcing she was the recipient of a first-year scholarship. Thanks to the generosity of alumni, Mapanao can now dare to dream big.

Young Alum Wins New Scholarship for Study in China

January 11, 2016
If you've already earned a pilot's license, a black belt in kung fu, an undergraduate degree from UC Davis and a great spot in the tech industry, what's next? James Rizzo, 22, has answered by winning a prestigious new scholarship for a year's graduate study in Beijing at one of China's leading universities.