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Giving Update May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

HEADLINE

Invent the Future: The UC San Diego Student Support Campaign

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. MORE

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

The Impact of Student Support

Meet just a few of our stellar students who have benefited from fellowships and scholarships at UC San Diego.

Kenneth Wong, ’10
“Undergraduate scholarships enablepromising students to get a college education,” notes Kenneth Wong, a double-major in third world studies and microbiology, and recipient of a Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Scholarship. “Scholarships empower eager students.”

Thanks to the scholarship support he has received during his time at UC San Diego, Wong was able to participate in an undergraduate research project in Ghana to study pediatric malaria treatment. The experience confirmed his career goal of helping make medication and vaccines available to underserved populations.

“I’m really thankful to those who made my scholarship possible,” says Wong. “Without it, I would not have gained the firsthand experience that opened my eyes to public health issues I had never considered.”

Crystal Campbell, M.F.A. ’10
“My fellowship allowed me to take advantage of what UCSD has to offer.”

When Crystal Campbell set her sights on the visual arts graduate program at UC San Diego, the high cost of tuition and fees discouraged her. “I assumed that I would not be able to afford to attend UC San Diego even if I was accepted.”

The San Diego Fellowship made the difference. In addition to providing financial relief, private support helped Campbell realize her full ­potential as an artist. Campbell combines art, history and social and political perspectives to revive interpretations of history and highlight the fantasy that surrounds iconic historical heroes.

“The fellowship is a crucial gift of time that allows me to research and create art rather than exhausting my energies elsewhere. Support for students is an invaluable gift.”

Jesse Dubler, ’08
“My scholarship made life much easier for me as a first-generation student from a low-income family,” recalls Jesse Dubler, who graduated with a major in political science and a minor in environmental studies. “It allowed me to pursue research opportunities normally available only to graduate students.”

Dubler received several scholarships, including the Haddad Schol­arship, an award for students with disabilities. Dubler is profoundly deaf, has a vision-tracking impairment and ADD. While his disabilities made attending UC San Diego more
challenging, private support provided recognition, encouragement and
inspiration for Dubler.

“I’ve had my moments, but scholarships served as a ‘tangible’ reminder and allowed me to go on in a way that would make the Energizer Bunny proud,” states Dubler.

He recently participated in SEAPLEX, a research expedition to the North Pacific Gyre (see page 14). He plans to help shape international policy to reduce debris in the open oceans.

The Campaign for UCSD: Imagine What's Next

Recent Gifts

Alumni, parents, faculty, staff and students raised nearly $200,000 for undergraduate scholarships at the Chancellor's Challenge 5K Run/Walk for Scholars. The annual event has raised a total of $2.3 million, helping more
than 800 students.

The Siebel Foundation provided one of the first gifts fueling the "Invent the Future" campaign—a generous $2 million endowment to fund fellowships for bioengineering graduate students in the Jacobs School of Engineering.

Since 1977, the MacKenzie Foundation has given $1.7 million in total donations for students in the UC San Diego School of Medicine. This year, the foundation gave $85,000, benefiting 24 students.

The Chuan Lyu Endowed Chair in Taiwan Studies—UC San Diego’s first faculty chair of its kind—was established with a generous $500,000 gift from Hwalin Lee, Ph.D., and his Chuan Lyu Foundation.

Learn More
For more information on giving to UCSD, please visit www.giving.ucsd.edu, email giving@ucsd.edu or call the Office of Development at 858-534-1610.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Q&A
Matt Newsome, 91

Advice for current ­students?
Get involved in more than just academics.

Favorite memory while at school?
Winning the men’s Open Division of one-pitch softball. I still have the photo of our win in my office.

Who made the biggest impression on you?
Ernie Mort, retired dean of Revelle College. He made everybody feel very special;
it is a gift he has.

Growing up amid the sun and surf of San Diego, Matt Newsome knew he wanted to stay close to home when it came time to attend college. Fortunately, UC San Diego’s top-ranked engineering program and ocean-front location made the University his number one choice.

After graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering, Newsome began working at Cubic Corporation, a San Diego-based leader in defense and transportation systems. Over the years, he transitioned from the engineering department to business management and earned his M.B.A. He is currently the regional director of Southern California for Cubic Trans­por­ta­tion Systems.

While at UC San Diego, Newsome was an ­active member of the student body, participating in intramural sports and serving as a Revelle College orientation leader. After graduation, however, Newsome lost his connection with the University. In recent years, he re-engaged with his alma mater and eventually joined the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Since becoming a board member, Newsome has focused his energies on the SAGA program—Student Achievement Guided by Alumni—which provides professional career guidance, internship experience and scholarship funds to students from challenging backgrounds. Newsome facilitated Cubic's sponsorship of SAGA as well.
 
Why did you get involved with the SAGA program?
I love the idea of training students through SAGA and being able to use my own experience to help them embark on their careers. I was so pleased to get my company involved, too.

Why is it important for you to give back to UC San Diego?
UCSD gave me the foundation to move forward. I didn’t just learn about engineering while I was there, I learned about life.

What would you say to encourage other alumni to give to UC San Diego?
Making a gift to UCSD and its students is a great investment; these students will go on to do extraordinary things. It doesn't take a lot of money; small contributions can have a big impact. Giving can also come in the form of volunteering your time.

BY THE NUMBERS

Undergraduates who need financial support 55%
Recent fee increase for all UC students 32%
Graduate students who currently receive fellowships 16%
Decline in California’s per-student funding since 1990 40%