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Class Notes May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

Darcy and Robert Bingham

Honorary Alumni. Somewhere between philanthropists and entrepreneurs lie Darcy and Robert Bingham, self-proclaimed “philanthropreneurs.” The Binghams have greatly impacted UC San Diego through their gift of selfless time, energy and talent.

Robert has been described as an archetypical serial entrepreneur and Darcy currently serves as a trustee at the UC San Diego Foundation, while continuing to serve on the UC San Diego Undergraduate Scholarship Council. Formerly, she worked as a staff member at UCSD. Darcy was also instrumental as one of several strategic organizers of the first Chancellor’s Challenge 5K Run/Walk for Scholars, an annual event that has raised more than $2 million in scholarships over the last 16 years. The annual fundraiser has become an important campus tradition to benefit its motivated and ambitious students.

The Darcy and Robert Bingham Endowed Scholarship, which supports UCSD undergraduate students who work while attending school, was established because Darcy and Robert believe in both a good academic foundation as well as strong communication and teamwork skills.

As individuals who realize the importance of hard work on and off campus, the Binghams hope to encourage student workers and help them continue to grow. “Experiential education is so important,” Darcy explains. “The classroom is fundamental, but some of the best lessons in life are learned by doing.” Ultimately, their scholarship helps place a greater value on what one can learn in and out of the classroom.