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From the Vice Chancellor

Vice Chancellor for University Relations John Garamendi Jr.

Vice Chancellor for University Relations
John Garamendi Jr.

This was a year of great progress and achievement at the University of California, Merced.

Even in this challenging economic climate, I am pleased to report that overall private support remains strong at our campus. In 2008-09, the university received $8.3 million in support.

Significant gifts to the university included:

  • Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Inc. donated $600,000 and five hybrid vehicles to Yosemite National Park to support UC Merced’s Yosemite Leadership Program
  • A $500,000 anonymous gift to the UC Merced Foundation has been earmarked for need-based scholarships and/or fellowships to undergraduate and graduate students interested in the field of renewable energy
  • The "Beginnings" sculpture was a gift from former Acting Chancellor Rod Park and his wife, Cathy, the Bob and Marie Gallo family and John, Joseph S. and Fred T. Franzia of Bronco Winery
  • Thanks to a generous gift of $250,000 from Paramount Farms, UC Merced was able establish an endowed scholarship fund to provide low-income students from Kern, Kings, Tulare and Fresno counties with the opportunity to achieve their education goals
  • In May, the university received a $100,000 donation from an anonymous advisor to support graduate student fellowships

We are grateful for the support we have received from individuals and corporations. As an economic and academic engine of the region, UC Merced is committed to continuing to build the excellence required of a comprehensive University of California campus. Although we cannot escape the impacts of the state’s economy, we know the university will endure the current financial challenges with the support of our donors and the community.

The University of California has a proud tradition of excellence, and it will have to draw heavily on the support of its Regents, faculty, staff, alumni and friends to face the challenges ahead. Together we will continue to build upon our strengths and mature into a nationally recognized institution known for its outstanding research and academic programs.

John Garamendi Jr., Vice Chancellor for University Relations