UC Santa Cruz Student Success Stories

We invite you to learn how philanthropic gifts enrich our students’ experiences at UC Santa Cruz. Across many departments and disciplines, success stories are being created every day. These are just a few.

Katia Avila Pinedo (Merrill ’24, computer engineering) recognized early on the vital role that community can play in student success. That’s how Avila Pinedo, who hails from an educationally disadvantaged area near Los Angeles, immediately knew that UC Santa Cruz was the perfect fit for her ...

UCSC Arts dean and her family establish scholarship in son’s memory ...

A unique partnership between The Humanities Institute, a leading national media outlet, and a generous UC Santa Cruz donor amplifies opportunities for UC Santa Cruz students ...

Alumna Jodi McGraw (Rachel Carson ’94, Environmental Studies and Biology) founded her conservation consulting firm in 2001 and has since hired upwards of 15 UCSC graduates and has sponsored almost 50 UCSC interns ...

Babak Farahmand (John R. Lewis ’20, Computer Science) came to the U.S. as a refugee from Iran six years ago without any money, connections, or understanding of the English language. With optimism, resiliency, and the help of campus resources, he completed his degree debt-free ...

Chance Brown's story epitomizes the transformative nature of higher education. Brown attributes much of his success to his UC Santa Cruz education ...