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2011: School Edges Closer To Its Goal For The Campaign For UC Davis

Vajra Watson

As the School of Education grows, so too does its reputation, particularly among alumni, foundations, and others interested in supporting and partnering with the School. The School achieves what appears to be a monumental goal: reaching the halfway mark in its ultimate goal to raise $16 million toward the $1 billion campus goal for The Campaign for UC Davis.

Milestones & Achievements

  • School exceeds halfway mark in its $16 million goal for The Campaign for UC Davis
  • With funding from the Stuart Foundation, the School awards first Guardian Teacher Scholarship to a former foster youth pursuing a teaching credential
  • School presents Distinguished Alumni awards to Nadeen Ruiz (BA ‘76, Credential ‘77) and Greg Zavala (BA ‘73, Credential ‘74); Sofia Cedillo (Credential ‘05, MA ‘06) receives Rising Star alumni award
  • Mohini Jain, member of the School’s Board of Advisors, and her family foundation provide a $25,000 gift to establish an endowment to fund scholarships for PhD students in education
  • Jessica Scheimer (Credential ‘11, MA ‘12) receives prestigious Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship to support her first five years of teaching
  • Professor Steven Athanases receives a $5,000 grant from the School’s Catalyst Fund; the grant is made to one faculty member per year to conduct innovative and high-impact research
  • With funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, UC Davis establishes the Center for Poverty Research; several education faculty serve as fellows, including professors Michal Kurlaender and Heather Rose
  • Professor I. Philip Young receives a Living Legend award from the National Association of Professors of Educational Administration
  • Kindra Montgomery-Block, director of technical assistance and community relations in the CRESS Center, receives the Northern California Exceptional Woman of Color Award from HUB Magazine
  • Vajra Watson, director of research and policy for equity in the School’s CRESS Center, receives a campus Soaring to New Heights Diversity and Principles of Community Award and is named a “40 Under 40″ finalist by the Sacramento Business Journal

“I have worked very hard to get to where I am today, and this scholarship
makes me truly proud of what I’ve achieved. I have never felt so special
and honored in my life.”

          -Lynn Romano, first recipient of the Guardian Teacher Scholarship, funded by The Stuart Foundation

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