October 19, 2007

Scholarships Allow One Student to Realize Dream of Med School

Thanks to 100,000 alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff and friends, The Campaign for UCSD: Imagine What’s Next recently achieved its historic $1 billion fundraising goal. The campaign has already had a far-reaching impact on the campus, the community and the world. Donors gave for a number of reasons: to support outstanding faculty, advance academic excellence, improve lives through research and healthcare, launch inventive programs and streng-then innovation funds so the university is ever ready to meet its highest priority needs.

One of the biggest reasons they gave, however, was to make it possible for more students to attend UC San Diego – students who might not have been able to go otherwise. One such student is Sarahi Loya. She is particularly impassioned about the value of the Campaign on her life. Due to financial difficulties, her parents were only able to attain a sixth grade education in Mexico. Loya knew they could not afford to pay for college, but had a deep desire to continue her education in hopes of helping others through a career in medicine. In spite of this hurdle, she applied to UCSD. Once she was accepted she knew she had a far more significant hurdle to overcome — paying for it. Loya qualified for, and received scholarships from Amylin and the Hispanic Scholarship Council which provided funding for a significant portion of her education and living expenses.

“Scholarships funded through The Campaign for UCSD have changed the lives of many students, including me,” said Loya, who graduated in June.

Instead of having to work her way through school, Loya was able to spend time running a health clinic for the poor in Ensenada and interning at the San Ysidro Health Clinic while attending UCSD.

“Now I am on my way to a dream my parents could never envision – I have been accepted at UC Irvine School of Medicine’s Postbaccalaureate Program in preparation for medical school,” said Loya.

UC San Diego is grateful for the many contributions to its campaign.

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