Donor Stories

Home run

Home run

Professor Emeritus Lois Youngen, a former professional baseball player, creates a legacy to support female student-athletes in three sports at the UO.


Everyone benefits

Everyone benefits

Victor Martinez Garcia’s UO scholarships helped him go further than he ever imagined, but his ultimate plan is to come home to Oregon as a nurse practitioner.

Thank you!

Thank you!

Portlander Semeredin Kundin is a prime example of the incredible potential that you unlock and nourish with gifts supporting scholarships


Completing the circle

Completing the circle

Carol Yetter discovered her professional calling as a UO undergraduate. Now she is leaving a legacy to help others do the same.

It’s personal

It’s personal

Carol Yetter shares why supporting the UO has been so important to her and her late husband Richard.


Pathbreaker

Pathbreaker

Rubby Marquez reveals how she is able to pursue two majors and a minor while helping lead several student organizations.

Triple winners

Triple winners

Susan and Pat Coan are using an appreciated property to create a future professorship in the Lundquist College of Business.


Sprinting to a master’s

Sprinting to a master’s

Cost nearly became an insurmountable hurdle between two-time All American Ofuma Eze-Echesi and her goal of earning an MBA with honors. Then, UO came through with three big scholarships.

Well thought-out plans

Well thought-out plans

Wade Garber is applying his expertise as a certified financial planner to provide future support to the Lundquist College of Business.


Your gifts help innovators

Your gifts help innovators

A scholarship sealed Christina Calvin’s decision to come to UO for her MBA. Now she and a classmate are launching their own company.

Giving Oregon Kids a Chance

Giving Oregon Kids a Chance

After a lifetime spent teaching, Dan McGuire is funding honors college scholarships for Oregonians who otherwise could not afford to come to the UO.


Your gifts create exceptional opportunities

Your gifts create exceptional opportunities

The chance to work as an undergraduate researcher helped Jakob Hollander see there is always more to learn, even about topics that seemed closed decades ago.

Gifted with purpose

Gifted with purpose

Nelly Nouboussi says knowing that strangers were willing to invest in her through the gifts that fund her scholarships has motivated her to work hard and excel.


Bold thinking

Bold thinking

Peggy and Dan Neal wanted to make a bold gift that reflects their values and aspirations so they made a pledge that combines an outright gift with a gift through their estate.

Degree in three

Degree in three

Basketball phenom Sabrina Ionescu wanted to make the most of her scholarship, so she earned her bachelor’s in three years. Now she is working on her master’s degree.


Inside homelessness

Inside homelessness

Violet Fox’s honor thesis shows the needs of homeless women differ significantly from those of homeless men.

Forever a teacher

Forever a teacher

Mel and Carol Mead increased the impact of their gifts thanks to advice from the UO’s gift planning team.


Your gifts help students prepare for professions

Your gifts help students prepare for professions

A timely scholarship helped Laurel stay at the UO. Now she is a speech language pathologist.

Model Student

Model Student

Scholarships funded by gifts help UO students gain national opportunities.


Smart giving

Smart giving

John H. Steinberg wants future law students to have the same opportunities that he had.

Scholarships create options

Scholarships create options

A scholarship allowed Lily Gordon to finish two degrees in four years.


Future teacher

Future teacher

Thanks to scholarships, Autumn Moss-Strong will be debt-free when she enters grad school this fall.

Finding joy through giving back

Finding joy through giving back

Colleen and Joel McCloud.


One at a time

One at a time

Dalyn Stram sees many parallels between catching fish and becoming a teacher.

Starting the journey

Starting the journey

A scholarship made Jailah Keller’s decision to come to the UO much easier.


Smart giving

Smart giving

Amy and Ross Kari are excited about helping students afford to come to the UO.

PathwayOregon

PathwayOregon

Haley Case-Scott became the first person in her family to go to college thanks to supporters of the UO’s PathwayOregon program.


Setting the Standard

Setting the Standard

Miguel Hernandez is moving on to grad school thanks to PathwayOregon.

Smart giving

Smart giving

When Steve Dimeo, BA ’67, faced an unexpected tax bite, he discovered the benefits of supporting the UO with a charitable remainder trust.


Gifts support fresh ideas

Gifts support fresh ideas

North Star, a new UO project supported by endowment gifts, helps students stick with science majors.

A heart for healing

A heart for healing

Adeline Fecker will enter medical school debt-free thanks to scholarships funded by UO donors.


Smart giving

Smart giving

Christina and Ron Friberg leveraged the sale of their rentals into tax savings, income for life, and a larger gift to the UO than would otherwise have been possible.

Legacy takes on new dimensions

Legacy takes on new dimensions

A beloved professor’s estate gift is helping make things happen in the Knight Library.


Triple Play

Triple Play

She’s the first in her family to come to college, and scholarships helped her complete three majors.

The Williams Effect

The Williams Effect

A special fund rewards great teaching and allows new courses to take flight.


Improving Our World

Improving Our World

Morse Scholars form strong bonds despite being on opposite sides of the political divide.

Health advocate

Health advocate

Gifts for scholarships give Katie Lor time to focus on career options.


Tech leader values liberal arts

Tech leader values liberal arts

Steve Raymund wants to help boost the UO’s overall excellence.

Gift promotes peace

Gift promotes peace

Fellowships send UO students to Oxford for human rights workshop.


Scholarships Matter

Scholarships Matter

Your gifts allow students like Najeer Patil to pursue ambitious goals.

Second act

Second act

Former national security advisor’s new career inspires gift for cinema studies.


Gift opens doors

Gift opens doors

Donor-funded endowment brings film industry experts to campus.

From nursing to NASA

From nursing to NASA

Scholarships boost Charity Woodrum’s quest to become an astrophysicist.


From Gates to Austen

From Gates to Austen

Best-selling author supports writing program, Pine Mountain Observatory.

Bound for Cambridge

Bound for Cambridge

Scholarship gifts helped honors student win a full ride for graduate school.


Grateful Olympian

Grateful Olympian

Devon Allen’s dreams are coming true thanks to his scholarship.

Gifts bring nationally acclaimed professors to the UO

Gifts bring nationally acclaimed professors to the UO

Stephanie LeManager, a leader in the field of environmental humanities, helps attract graduate students to the UO.


Ernie and Greta Pressman

Ernie and Greta Pressman

Recent UO retirees, Ernie and Greta Pressman feel strongly about the importance of universities and are supporting the UO through estate planning

Looking Forward

Looking Forward

Scholarships allowed Annika Hearn to explore her passion for health care and international studies.


Laura Sampson

Full circle: A professor’s legacy

Laura Sampson grew up hearing that she “wasn’t college material,” but fortunately, she didn’t listen.

Emma Pindell

Paying Her Way

Even though she doesn’t benefit personally from scholarship support, she is grateful to UO donors.


Meredith Wong

Your Gifts Make a Difference

Like her scholarship’s namesake, Meredith is at the UO to forge a new path. For her master’s thesis, she’s pursuing a mix of psychology and the arts

Elizabeth Lytle

Gifts help dream come true

He was born nearly 100 years ago, but the late Wilbur M. Watters ’39 will be helping students like Elizabeth Lytle from now on.


Win McLaughlin

Gifts advance UO research efforts across the globe

Fulbright Fellow uses fossils to predict earthquakes.

Jon Anderson

Jon Anderson

It feels rewarding to give.


Robel Haile

Scholarship helps Alzheimer’s research

Your generosity transforms lives.

Gloria and Roger Hunt

Helping students

Gloria and Roger Hunt say giving to the UO was an easy choice.


Gloria and Roger Hunt

Scholarships lead students to better lives

Iraq veteran Paula Barreto takes nothing for granted about the scholarships helping her achieve a long-delayed dream.

Jim and Margie Lussier

Margie and Jim Lussier

Giving back to help others succeed.


Michael and Margaret Lehrman

Michael and Margaret Lehrman

Endowed a need-based fellowship for graduate students that emphasizes giving back through communication and writing.

Jim Shephard

Scholarships to Study Abroad

Jim Shephard has become a champion of strengthening the UO’s standing as an international university.


Lindy Mabuya

Full Circle

Lindy Mabuya is the first in her family to graduate high school, move to a different country, and pursue a university degree.

Jim and Donna Anderson

Happily-ever-after-Ducks provide scholarships

Jim and Donna Anderson have arranged to support several scholarships for PathwayOregon students.


Doug McKay

Remembering Doug McKay

One of his essential qualities was a deep and abiding sense of responsibility.

Ann Brewer

A Lifelong Connection

Ann Brewer of Medford carries on a lifelong connection to the University of Oregon that she shared with her late husband, Fitz.


Evan Baechler

Dreams Into Reality

Scholarships brought Evan Baechler to the UO; an internship led to an offer for his dream job.

Katie Thomas

Investing in Students

Katie Thomas spent a summer studying at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, thanks to a generous visitor.


Bill and Mary Triska

Guaranteed Income for Life

Charitable gift annuities are a key part of Bill and Mary Triska’s investment strategy for retirement.

Ginny Clark Reich

Bequest Supports Honors College

Longtime UO supporters Ginny Clark Reich and her husband, Roger, want to help provide for future generations of UO students.


Ray and Carla Robertson

Bequest for Professorships, Scholarships

A Duck-loving pair from Portland plans to help future generations of University of Oregon students achieve the American dream.

Donald Mickelwait

Bypass Capital Gains

When Donald Mickelwait sold his company, he took advantage of the opportunity to save taxes by making a substantial gift to the University of Oregon.


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