“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.”
– Albert Einstein
A passion for learning infuses UCLA at all levels. More than a premier university, UCLA is a champion for universal learning, offering excellent educational experiences to students ages four to for as long as you want to learn. Gifts to the Centennial Campaign enhance these opportunities and empower people across the lifespan.
A Strong Start
This spring, UCLA Lab School celebrated its 135th anniversary with more than 650 alumni, teachers, and friends raising $350,000 for scholarships. The on-campus elementary school nurtures an extraordinary learning environment that alumnus Mayor Eric Garcetti calls “the most important educational experience of my life.”
Up the K–12 ladder, Mann UCLA Community School opened for sixth- to ninth-graders in South Los Angeles this fall. Supported by corporate and foundation partners, UCLA is building on the success of its first community school, where college-acceptance rates have reached 99 percent.
Philanthropy also enables Bruins to pursue their passions. Since 2011, the Dream Fund has invested $28 million — including a recent $3 million gift — in Achievement Scholarships for top freshmen and transfer students. In June, the first David Geffen Medical Scholarships recipients graduated debt-free, able to select careers based not on salary but on passion and societal need.
Finally, 2017 marks 100 years of continuing education at UCLA Extension. As Extension expands online and launches new campuses and courses, funding from the Bernard Osher Foundation endows programming for older adults, promising lifelong learning opportunities.
An education is a reward — sometimes intangible — in and of itself, but it also has very concrete results, bettering individuals, the economy, and communities. And philanthropy to UCLA does that right here in L.A.
Published September 2017