UC Irvine School of Engineering Receives $9.5 Million

The University of California, Irvine has announced a $9.5 million gift from the Opus Foundation  to the Henry Samueli School of Engineering.

The gift includes $5 million for the Academic Innovation & Research in Engineering program, which conducts K-12 and community college outreach, promotes interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects through project-based learning, and prepares students for the rigors of engineering and the workforce through hands-on, collaborative, and reconfigurable learning environments. The gift also will establish a $2 million endowment for the position of the school's dean and two endowments of $1 million each to fund need-based scholarships for underrepresented undergraduates and fellowships for underrepresented graduate students.

Opus Foundation founder Stacey Nicholas is a member of the Samueli School’s Engineering Leadership Council and Diversity Advisory Board and a trustee at St. Margaret's Episcopal School, where in 2004 she spearheaded the creation of a summer internship program for high school students at  Samueli.

"I greatly admire and support Dean [Gregory] Washington's commitment to outreach, diversity, and innovation in STEM education," said Nicholas. "I am thrilled to be able to make a difference."

"The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UCI Receives $9.5 Million Gift." University of California, Irvine Press Release 06/20/2014.