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Hearts & Scholars Dinner

March 1st, 2006
by the Social Diary Columnist & Photographer Margo Schwab

One recent February evening brought together a collection of deserving, diligent, and driven UCSD scholarship students with their sponsors for the 'Hearts & Scholars Dinner.' The location, The Faculty Club at UCSD. The hosts, UCSD Chancellor, University of California, San Diego, Marye Anne Fox, and the UCSD Undergraduate Scholarship Council.

Cocktail hour served up more than appetizers and libations. It was a chance for student scholars to meet and mingle with generous sponsors including Patricia and George Karetas, Sook and Ron Hansen, Doris Howell, Pam and Martin Wygod of the Rose Foundation, Kay and Don Stone, Darcy and Bob Bingham and Julia Brown of Amylin. More steadfast supporters of UCSD student scholarships include Joan and Irwin Jacobs, Ellen Revelle, Audrey Geisel and The Seuss Foundation, Michael L. Marx and Donald K. Marshall, Diana C. Miles, Paul Montrone of Fisher Scientific International, Brian M. Walsh, Northrop Grumman, Charles Robins, ARCS, and Victoria and Thomas P. Haggin.

It was also a chance to meet legends like Herb York, the first UCSD Chancellor. Herb is a world famous nuclear physicist who among many projects, served as a science advisor to President Eisenhower and President Carter, worked on the Manhattan Project and worked with Robert Oppenheimer on developing the atom bomb. The list of Herb's accomplishments goes on and on, but UCSD stays close to his heart. Herb and his wife Sybil continue their involvement with UCSD by sponsoring scholarships.

Deserving students receiving scholarships are many. They include Josanda Jinnette, Robert Ikeda, Jin Young Chong, Edward Bo-Hi Chuong, Devon Del Rio, Cehsea Dao, Barry Crodero, Susana Coronilla, Jack Yacoo, Patrick Johnson, Vishnu Vyas, Jennifer Wan, Alan Wong, Ming Wai Leung, Susan Lee, Steven LaFontaine, and Joshua Kellison. There were many more there too, all synapsing with intelligence, youth, and charm.

After a delicious dinner, Julia Brown, Executive VP for Amylin Pharmaceuticals and Chair of the UCSD Undergraduate Scholarship Council, UCSD Chancellor Marye Anne Fox and Dr. Joseph Watson, the UCSD Vice Chancellor Student Affairs, opened with poignant remarks regarding the importance of scholarships and donations.

They were followed by 4 scholar panelists who each gave insight as to how scholarships made a difference in their education paths and lives. The scholar panelists were: Daniel Hendrey, the Amylin Chancellors Research Scholarship, Wenting Shih, the Howell Research Scholarship, Joshua Kellison, the Kevin T. Hart Memorial Scholarship, and Anjanette Urdanivia, the Darcy & Bob Bingham Scholarship. It was clear that each have followed a truer path to their education goals because of their scholarships. Anjanette is ready to change the world now for the better, just as scholarships have changed each of the recipients' lives.

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* Margo Schwab has produced, written, interviewed and photographed for various media organizations since 1989. Schwab has a B.A. degree from Scripps College and a Masters of Business degree from the University of San Diego. Schwab volunteers for numerous charity organizations. She also continues to lobby for water safety and for family violence mitigation. Schwab is the owner and publisher of The Social Diary.


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