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Undergraduate Education is making sure UC Davis offers the best education available at a public research university.  We’re advancing educational equity, enhancing the graduation pathway, and advocating for excellence in teaching and learning. Our programs offer leadership skills, small seminars, research connections, intercultural friendships, and the chance to study in Washington, DC, and Sacramento.


This Give Day, we are featuring three initiatives:


No student should struggle when crisis hits. The Stegura-Vanden Bos Family Award can provide immediate relief to meet critical needs from food and rent to textbooks and computers. Nearly half of our students among the first in their family to attend college. As they navigate the complex territory of higher education, they’re often balancing a full plate of family obligations at the same time. FirstGen alumna Debby Stegura hopes to inspire others to support students in need. With 10 gifts to this challenge, $2,500 will be activated on Give Day!


The University Honors Program cultivates diverse, interdisciplinary thinkers with the public service commitment and leadership skills to tackle the world’s most difficult problems. This year, we honor our alumni who have gone on to careers in public health, medicine, and all fields contributing to the global good. Professor Emeritus Jay Mechling and former program director, Professor Jim Shackelford, are challenging Program alumni and friends to support Honors at UC Davis by making a gift. If we receive 20 gifts, we will unlock a $2,500 pledge!  


Doing research with a faculty mentor is one of the most valuable experiences undergraduates can have at UC Davis. Summer research experiences are a critical pathway to careers in academic research and industry, but many undergraduate research positions aren’t paid. Because first gen students often share financial responsibility for supporting their families, doing summer research without funding is out of their reach.  Steve and Hilarie McAdams have a challenge to support funding for research positions for UC Davis students. Help us secure this $10,000 donation and kick start our FirstGen Initiative Program Support Fund.


Give during Give Day to turn your state and the world Gold!
Rank State Gifts
1 CA 71
2 WA 2
3 MA 1
Planned Giving Challenge - Wayne & Jacque Bartholomew
THANK YOU to our generous donors for helping us reach our goal of 75 planned giving requests! Your support is important and very much appreciated. Thank you to Wayne and Jacque Bartholomew for providing this $75,000 challenge gift!
75 / 75 Gifts
Stegura - Vanden Bos Family First Gen Challenge
THANK YOU to Debby Stegura '79, her family, and all of the generous donors who chose to support the Stegura - Vanden Bos Family First Gen Challenge! Your gifts support microgrants for students in need, ensuring that all students, especially first gen and AB540 students, receive a quality education.
25 / 25 Gifts
University Honors Give Day Challenge
THANK YOU to Distinguished Professor Emeritus Jay Mechling, Professor Jim Shackelford, and all of our generous donors who chose to support the University Honors Program! Your support will help the Program cultivate the next generation of leaders to tackle the world's most difficult problems!
20 / 20 Gifts
FirstGen Initiative Program Support: Summer Research Internships
THANK YOU to Steve and Hilarie McAdams and to all of the generous donors that chose to support this challenge! Your generosity will support funding for first gen students that wish to participate in summer research experiences!
10 / 10 Gifts
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