Your commitment to Pacific has provided:
- Merit and need-based scholarships and fellowships to talented students
- Up-to-date facilities
- Premier educational experiences
Your philanthropic support truly makes a meaningful difference for our students! More than 80% of students receive financial aid, and many are first generation college students or Pell Grant recipients. Your gifts unquestionably change lives.
I deeply appreciate your commitment to deserving students and to the high quality, teaching-focused education we provide. Thank you for your philanthropy, and thank you for making an extraordinary difference.
Pamela A. Eibeck
Read about the stories of a few generous Pacific donors and recipients below:
Best Selling Author James Patterson Preparing Tomorrow's Educators
Bestselling author James Patterson has been championing reading and books through various efforts, including education scholarships for future teachers through the James Patterson FamilyFoundation. University of the Pacific was the first West Coast university to be included in the program. Eight students in the Gladys L. Benard School of Education became Patterson scholars in 2013, and eight new students received scholarships in 2014 for a total of 16 students. These scholarships are helping committed young men and women receive a quality education that will help them cultivate the next generation of avid readers.
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Gift from Whole Foods Co- CEO Funds Pacific Community Campus Garden
An idea for a campus community garden birthed by Pacific students caught the imagination of Whole Foods co- CEO and Pacific Regent Walter Robb. His gift in 2012 funded a new campus garden named after his two sons, alumni Ted '02 and Chris '06. Since then, the impact of the Ted and Chris Robb Garden has reached across campus and into the community. The produce goes to campus farmers markets and is served by campus dining services in daily meal offerings. Additionally, the garden serves as a research laboratory where they have the opportunity to study topics such as food ecosystem, soils, nutrition and sustainable garden design.
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Former Tiger Funds New Pacific Tennis Complex
Former Tiger and Pacific tennis ace Eve Zimmerman '84 returned to campus Fall of 2014 to celebrate the groundbreaking for the $3 million Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center. The complex is set to include a 5,500- square-fot-clubhouse with 12 courts, covered player benches, and an electronic scoreboard. A portion of her $1.5 million gift funded a matching campaign to inspire others to support completion of the project. Her lead gift, along with the support of many others, will help Pacific tennis team compete at the highest levels and will provide a world- class facility for the San Joaquin Country tennis community.
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A $2 Million Gift That Will Make Possible a $4 Million Endowed Faculty Chair in Economics
The chair and internship are made possible by a gift of $2.09 million from alumnus John C. Beyer, of Arlington, Virginia, who earned his bachelor's degree in philosophy from College of the Pacific in 1962 and has remained a generous benefactor and visionary alumni leader. The endowed portion of Beyer's gift will be matched with $2 million from the University's Powell Fund, bringing the total impact of his gift to $4.09 million. In addition to endowing the John C. Beyer Chair in Economics, the gift will establish an exceptional internship program for economics students.
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The best reward for your contribution, of course, is the knowledge and satisfaction that you have made a difference in the lives of the individuals your gift touches. Regardless of what form your gift to the University takes, it may qualify you for one of Pacific's donor recognition groups.