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Giving Update May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

Invent the Future: The UC San Diego Student Support Campaign
Interview by Raymond Hardie

The gift of education has the power to transform lives. For a first generation college student, a scholarship can change a life’s trajectory. A fellowship for a talented graduate student may hold the key to a groundbreaking discovery that will benefit millions.

In the face of a difficult economy and rising educational fees, a growing number of our outstanding students—both graduate and undergraduate—will need financial assistance to support their education. To address this critical need for funding, community leaders Pauline Foster and Joan and Irwin Jacobs joined forces with the University to launch Invent the Future: The UC San Diego Student Support Campaign, a three-year, $50 million fundraising effort.

Local philanthropist and business owner Pauline Foster made a $2.5 million charitable gift commitment to the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego to endow M.B.A. student fellowships, which are scholarships for graduate students. Longtime campus supporters Joan and Irwin Jacobs—a former faculty member and co-founder of Qualcomm—gave $1.4 million to the Jacobs School Scholars and Fellows program, an annual donation that funds four-year undergraduate scholarships and first-year graduate fellowships to attract talented students to UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering.

“As UC San Diego continues to struggle with the global recession and severe state budget cuts, we must maintain our primary focus—educating the best and brightest students to become tomorrow’s innovative leaders and problem solvers,” said Chancellor Marye Anne Fox.

With less than 10 percent of UC San Diego’s current funding coming from the State of California, our challenge is to ensure talented and deserving students have access to the world-class education and academic excellence that this University offers. By investing in scholarships and ­fellowships, alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends are joining the effort to make certain that today’s students—and tomorrow’s leaders—receive the quality education they deserve.

“Student support is the most important gift you can give,” said Foster, who is also chair of the UC San Diego Foundation Board of Trustees. “The gift of ­education is one you can’t take away.”

“A scholarship is not just a financial pull-up, it’s an emotional and career pull-up,” explained Autumn Hays, ’10, a UCSD visual arts studio major. “It’s a matter of helping students make their lives better.”

To learn more about how you can help Invent the Future, click here.