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Investing in Academic Excellence

Endowments are a time-honored method for supporting and building academic programs. They provide a stable funding for the university from investment income and foster academic excellence. Endowments enable UC Davis to recruit and retain the best faculty who in turn will attract other top faculty and students.

Endowments can support various purposes, such as Faculty Chairs, Research Awards, Graduate Teaching Scholar Funds, Undergraduate Scholarships, Undergraduate Lab Course, and more. Endowments are a chance to get creative and support a specific area of interest.

James Monroe McDonald Endowment

Ralph E. Myers Endowment