Dolly and David Fiddyment, who established the UC Davis School of
Education’s first endowed chair in 2006—the Dolly and David
Fiddyment Chair in Teacher Education—recently made a gift of
$3,000 to support the Power of 10 Scholarship Fund. Here they
share their reasons for supporting the fund and their hopes that
others will continue to help the School grow the fund between now
and June 30, 2013.
“David and I encourage philanthropy at all levels, and we are
very much in favor of scholarships because they give people a
boost,” said Dolly Fiddyment. “It is so inspiring to see what a
little bit of money can mean to someone who doesn’t have it. It
is the only way to go if you have it. As Dolly Levi says in Hello
Dolly, ‘Money is like manure. It’s not worth a thing unless it’s
spread around, encouraging young things to grow.’ If you
have it, you should share it.”
To commemorate the UC Davis School of Education’s tenth
anniversary, we are launching the Power of 10 Scholarship Fund to
support all students at the School of Education. Gifts collected
this year will be immediately put to work providing scholarship
funds to students with the greatest financial need in the 2013-14
academic year. Let’s create a tradition of giving back together
while supporting our next generation of education leaders. Gifts
will be accepted throughout the 2012-13 academic year.
Download our Power of 10 Scholarship Fund flier for details
on ways of giving or
Make your gift today.
Every Gift Counts!
The Power of 10 Scholarship Fund provides a special opportunity
to pull the entire School community together— students, alumni,
staff, faculty and friends—to make a real difference in the lives
of our students next year.
Inspired by the generosity of alumni, faculty, staff and students
who have already given to the School’s Power of 10 Scholarship
Fund, the Education Graduate Student Association (EdGSA) has made
a gift of $450 to the fund — $1 for each current student in the
School of Education. Their hope is that others will be inspired
to give for a total that could multiply their gift by the Power
of 10, or $4,500.
Make your gift today.
“EdGSA decided to give to the Power of 10 Scholarship Fund on
behalf of every student currently enrolled in the School of
Education. We made this gift out of appreciation for the
exceptional educational experience we are benefiting from at UC
Davis and a belief in the importance of expanding access to
this program to others who are dedicated to the improvement of
our education system. We hope our gift will inspire others in
the UC Davis community to contribute to this important cause.
We value the experiences we have had in this program, including
the opportunity to learn from thoughtful and capable colleagues
and to work with faculty who are on the cutting-edge of
educational research. We want to be part of the effort to
extend this rich educational experience to more students.” –
Paul Dilley (Credential ‘87, MA ‘86), a community college history
instructor, has made a gift to the Power of 10 Scholarship Fund
to literally pay it forward in support of future teachers and
Inspired by their own students and by the generous lead gifts
made by alumni, staff and faculty in the School of Education, 100
percent of the School’s Teacher Education faculty have made a
gift to the Power of 10 Scholarship Fund. In all, their gifts
amount to more than $1,900.
Inspired by his fellow alumna Sandi Redenbach, who made a $5,000
matching gift to the School’s Power of 10 Scholarship Fund in
November, John Brown (Credential ‘72) has made an additional gift
of $5,000. Every gift to the fund will be matched
dollar-for-dollar by John’s gift.
John, who served as a jet fighter pilot in the Air Force, knows
how hard it is to juggle life’s demands while also pursuing the
dream of college and a career in teaching.
To encourage others to support the School’s Power of 10
Scholarship Fund, Sandi Redenbach (BA ’72, Credential ’73) has
made a special matching gift of $5,000 to the fund.
Redenbach, who also serves as the School’s Alumni Council chair
and serves on the dean’s Board of Advisors, already has
established the Student-at-Promise endowed scholarship for
teacher credential and MA students, as well as making an estate
gift to the School. Her volunteer leadership and generosity to
the School is truly inspiring.
Here she shares her thoughts on giving to the Power of 10.
As part of a special effort to raise scholarship funds for
students through its Power of 10 Scholarship Fund, the School’s
Director of Teacher Education, Christian Faltis, and his wife
Annie, have stepped up to support the fund. Professor Faltis
holds the Dolly and David Fiddyment Chair in Teacher Education,
one of only a handful of endowed chairs in teacher education in
the nation. Below Faltis talks about why he gives to the fund and
the inspiration he has taken from David and Dolly Fiddyment’s
1. Why do you give to the Power of 10 Fund?
I am so grateful to be at UC Davis in the School of Education and
especially to represent Dolly and David Fiddyment, who have given
so much to the School. Dolly and David have inspired me in many
ways, one of which is the power of giving. Annie and I live
in a modest home, but we live abundant lives, and we believe in
the power of education to affect the lives of the coming
generations of children and youth. We decided to give to
the Power of 10 Fund because the School of Education has done so
much for the region in terms of preparing top notch,
knowledgeable, and caring teachers. I know first-hand that many
students in our credential programs struggle financially, and
they work tirelessly to become well-prepared teachers of children
and youth. Giving to the Power of 10 is an action that advocates
for teachers and education, in general.
As the School embarks on a special effort to raise scholarship
funds for students through its Power of 10 Scholarship Fund, the
School’s entire Student Services staff have teamed up to make the
lead gifts. Hoping to inspire their colleagues and our alumni and
friends, they share their thoughts on why they give and the
impact they hope this fund can have on our students’ ability to
pursue their dreams.
Jana Royal, Credential Analyst
1. Why do you give to the Power of 10 Scholarship Fund?
As a UC Davis staff member, I work very closely with our
credential/MA students from the time they consider our program
until they complete it. I see how committed they are to
becoming great teachers but I also see the financial roadblocks
that can potentially derail them. If my small donation can help
build a fund that prevents even one student from having his or
her goal derailed, it is worth it.