UC Alumna Creates Endowment To Benefit UC Merced Students

$100,000 gift will expand student scholarships

MERCED, CA— As a UC alumna and former Los Banos High School teacher, Beverlee Sieghold Antoine knows the importance of a quality education first-hand. Antoine has chosen to leave a legacy at the University of California, Merced with a donation of $100,000 to establish the Beverlee Sieghold Antoine Scholarship Endowment Fund.

"I chose to establish a scholarship at UC Merced that will benefit the young men and women of the San Joaquin Valley," Antoine said. "It is an honor for me to be a part of this exciting new campus."

Antoine, who was born and raised in Berkeley, graduated from high school at the age of 15 and attended college with a $1,000 gift from her father supplemented by a part-time job at the campus book store. Antoine graduated from UC Berkeley with a teaching credential in 1935 and began her career teaching underprivileged adults how to read and write.

She later moved to Los Banos and taught high school English and drama for several years.

After living in the San Joaquin Valley for more than 70 years, Antoine felt inspired to demonstrate her fondness for the area and her strong belief in education with a gift to support UC Merced students.

"As a graduate of Cal and a former Los Banos teacher, I have had a lifelong passion for education," Antoine said.

The fund will provide low-income students with the opportunity to achieve their education goals through scholarships awarded annually to two undergraduate students in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts.

"Need-based scholarships are vitally important to continue to attract high-achieving students who might not otherwise be able to afford to attend UC Merced," said John Garamendi Jr., vice chancellor for university relations. "Beverlee's extremely generous gift will empower the university to further support our students."

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