October 18, 2004
Gala Scholarships Benefit Dinner to honor
former Chancellor Greenwood
By Louise Donahue
Supporters of UC Santa Cruz will have a chance to invest in
tomorrows leaders while honoring one of todays when
they gather for the gala Scholarships Benefit Dinner on November
In addition to raising funds for scholarships and graduate fellowships,
a highlight of the evening will be the awarding of the UC Santa
Cruz Foundation Medal to M.R.C. Greenwood, former UC Santa Cruz
chancellor and now UC provost and senior vice president, academic
The campus raised a record $32.2 million in private support
in the 2003-04 fiscal year (see earlier Currents
story) and has ambitious plans to raise additional funds
for student support.
A cocktail reception and silent auction will begin at 6 p.m.
at the University Center, followed by dinner at the Colleges
Nine and Ten Dining Room downstairs. The cost of the dinner
is $150 per person, and RSVPs are due by October 22, at (831)
459-5075, or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Valet parking is available.
Although only in its second year, the Scholarships Benefit Dinner
has become the premier fundraising event for UC Santa Cruz.
More than $500,000 was raised for undergraduate and graduate
student support at the 2003 dinner, which honored UC President
Emeritus Richard C. Atkinson with the first UC Santa Cruz Foundation
Cohosts of the event are Acting Chancellor Martin M. Chemers,
UC Santa Cruz Foundation President Kenneth Feingold (Cowell
71), and UCSC Alumni Council President Kenneth Doctor
It has been extremely gratifying to see our alumni and
trustees reach out to offer a helping hand to students struggling
with the financial challenges of higher education in a time
of limited state funding, said University Relations Vice
Chancellor Ronald P. Suduiko. The fact that they are taking
major leadership roles underscores their commitment.
Other volunteers serving on the planning committee are Foundation
trustees Harriet Deck, Susan Hammer, Anne Levin, and Patricia
Rebele (Porter 88).
More students than ever need financial assistance. In 2003-04,
UC Santa Cruz provided financial support for nearly 8,000 of
its undergraduatesup from 5,700 seven years ago.
The current estimated cost of a four-year undergraduate degree
at UC Santa Cruz, including fees, books, insurance, and living
expenses, is about $85,000. Low-income families have been especially
hard-hit by increased costs. In 2000, fees and tuition at public
four-year institutions consumed 25 percent of family income
for low-income families.
Honoring former Chancellor Greenwoodwho once received
scholarship help herselfis particularly meaningful, said
No one knows better than M.R.C. Greenwood how scholarships
can transform students lives, allowing them to take full
advantage of the opportunities UC Santa Cruz offers, he
As chancellor of UC Santa Cruz from 1996 to spring 2004, M.R.C.
Greenwood contributed to many campus scholarships, served as
a mentor in the Chancellors Undergraduate Internship Program,
and pioneered innovative new academic programs.
The Foundation Medal recognizes people of exceptionally distinguished
achievement whose work and contributions to society illustrate
the ideals and vision of UC Santa Cruz.
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