Freed by philanthropy
Hometown: Davis, Calif.
Major: Genetics and Genomics
When Cole Williams came to UC Davis and received the Beeghly-Merritt Memorial Scholarship scholarship, the Davis native felt, for the first time, he didn’t have to worry so much about working.
A chain of good deeds by philanthropy
Hometown: Sunnyvale, Calif.
Major: Human Development
Youm is studying human development in hopes of becoming an occupational therapist so she can help individuals with disabilities. "Philanthropy, to me, is about selflessness. It's necessary for successful people to offer that stepping stone to others, so our society can grow as a whole together," she said.
Validation by philanthropy
Hometown: El Dorado Hills, Calif.
Major: Political Science and Economics
Raised alongside eight siblings, Nick Rogness ’16 always knew paying for college would be a challenge for his family. But as a junior in high school, he remembers being even more concerned that he may not be ready for the academic rigor.
Advocacy by philanthropy
Hometown: Oakland, Calif.
Fellowship supports law student’s fight for housing equity in San Francisco. At Public Advocates, de la Cruz will work to push forward housing equity policy.
Liberated by philanthropy
Hometown: Sacramento, Calif.
Major: Sociology and Ethnic Studies
Cancer survivor Gina Salinas is inspired to live her dreams and, by way of example, encourages her three children to do the same. Salinas’ dreams led her to pursue a degree at UC Davis—a decision that became more tangible when she was awarded the Osher Reentry Scholarship.
Peace by philanthropy
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
Major: International Relations
Sierra Roxana was awarded the Ann E. Pitzer Scholarship to study abroad in Switzerland where she had the opportunity to visit the United Nations.
Art education by philanthropy
Through the power of philanthropy, UC Davis is expanding the culture of art education to an entirely new level with the new Manetti Shrem Museum, which will display the university’s legacy of achievements in the arts, and provide a new visual experience for all to enjoy.
Upholding the law by philanthropy
UC Davis’ School of Law has risen to national and international prominence in its brief history. To keep up with this growth, King Hall has been renovated and expanded its facilities to include a state of the art courtroom for students to observe and actively engage in law.
Virtual Reality by philanthropy
UC Davis' W.M. Keck Center for Active Visualization in Earth Sciences (KeckCAVES) provides state-of-the-art, near real-time imaging technology that enable scientists and emergency planners to respond when disaster hits.
Managing the Future by philanthropy
With so many new technologies and businesses in today’s economy, it is essential that UC Davis students can plan ahead for this dynamic future. Fueling this spirit of entrepreneurship and management is Maurice J. Gallagher Jr., who pledged $10 million to support the establishment of Gallagher Hall.
Brewed by philanthropy
Coffee is an integral part of student life at UC Davis. The popular “Design of Coffee” introductory chemical engineering teaches everything behind coffee, but this class would not be possible without various donations from companies and individuals to renovate the lab spaces.
Curing HIV by philanthropy
Endowed Dean's Chair of Medical Microbiology and Immunology
For decades, physicians would have been afraid to even utter the phrase “eradicating HIV” because the hope for a cure was so far off, said UC Davis professor Satya Dandekar. But now, Dandekar and a team of researchers are on their way to doing just that.
Shaping the agenda for action on sustainability by philanthropy
WK Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems
In a field where the need to accelerate knowledge is urgent, Tom Tomich finds that being at the starting line is just as exciting as it is humbling. In fact, he feels that he has the best academic job in the U.S., since he works at one of the world’s leading institutions in agricultural sustainability and, as such, his research has the potential to have a massive effect on how agriculture and the food industry all over the world respond to some of the most pressing issues of our time.
Boundless by philanthropy
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Arne Ekstrom studies the way we think when we navigate, and his research—which is covering new ground thanks in part to the Chancellor’s Fellows Award and cutting-edge technology—uses virtual reality to simulate even the most disorienting scenarios, helping to further our understanding of certain health issues.
Digging up discoveries by philanthropy
Russell L. Rustici Endowed Chair in Rangeland Watershed Sciences
Professor uses endowed chair funds to benefit environment, rangeland communities, and students.
International human rights by philanthropy
MacArthur Foundation Endowed Chair in International Human Rights
History professor receives a jumpstart to human rights research when named the first MacArthur Foundation Endowed Chair.