Santa Clara University has announced a $30 million gift from the Los Angeles-based Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation to help create a complex for transformational education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) studies.
The second largest gift in the university's history will support construction of the Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation at SCU, a "campus within a campus" designed to foster creative and collaborative approaches to teaching and learning in the STEM disciplines. Announced in January with a $100 million lead gift from alumnus John A. Sobrato and his wife, Susan, the project will enable cross-disciplinary opportunities in areas such as neuroscience, bioengineering, sustainability, and environmental science and boost the university's undergraduate enrollment by six hundred students, with a significant proportion in STEM-related fields.
"The Leavey Foundation has helped Santa Clara University achieve some of the most significant growth milestones in its history," said SCU president Michael E. Engh. "We are honored that the foundation has chosen to make this generous award to help fuel our next level of excellence in the field of STEM education. This gift will help ensure our students are equipped to meet the needs of twenty-first century employers like our neighbors and partners in Silicon Valley."