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Jacobs School Fellowship Challenge

The Jacobs School Fellowship Challenge was a success! The 16-month campaign began in Fall 2007 and concluded in December 2008, and nearly 200 alumni contributed to their academic department of choice. About 12% were first-time donors to UCSD. The Jacobs School offered a $1 Dean's match for every $3 contributed. Through the matching funds ($61,250) and gifts ($183,750), we received a total of $245,000, which will allow us to offer seven fellowships to graduate students entering the Jacobs School in the fall of 2009.The Department of Computer Science & Engineering will receive two fellowships, and there will be one fellowship each to our Departments of Bioengineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Structural Engineering, and NanoEngineering.

Graduate student recruitment is currently underway, and we look forward to sharing the story of our alumni fellows when the new class arrives on campus this coming fall. These new alumni fellowships are a key part of our strategy to attract the best and brightest candidates to the Jacobs School of Engineering. In addition, we have developed a stewardship plan to instill in our students a sense of pride and recognition of the meaning of their fellowship, which we hope will lead to their future giving to the Jacobs School.

There are many success stories to this campaign. A sincere thank you to all the alumni who contributed, and a special thank you to alumnus David Schwab for his extraordinary contribution to the fund.

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