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UC Davis parents endow a scholarship to help students focus on learning

Jaydeep and Aboli Ranade’s daughter Saee was interested in biology and chemistry from an early age and aspired to be a medical physician until she discovered her love of math in high school. Combining her interests, Saee is now majoring in biochemical engineering at UC Davis. “The program is unique and appealed to her right away as it spans all the fields she loves,” the couple says.

The family has fallen in love with the campus and all it has to offer. “We’ve been most impressed by the size and beauty of the UC Davis campus. The buildings, labs, library, student center and walking trails are fantastic,” they share. “We were surprised, and somewhat amused, to see the large herd of dairy cows next to the freshman dorms, and of course the vineyard along the main campus entrance. It’s no wonder that campus food courts serve locally grown fresh and organic food.”

Their appreciation for UC Davis and the excellent education and environment it provides for their daughter inspired them to create the Ranade Family Scholarship. The scholarship will impact junior and senior engineering undergraduate students who have demonstrated financial, with a preference for students who have shown leadership as part of their membership in the UC Davis Chapter of the Society of Women in Engineering.

“We are very certain about the importance of a solid education to one’s ability to be successful in life. This is especially true as an immigrant in this great country,” the couple says. “In today’s fast-moving world, staying curious and having the ability to stay informed is very crucial. We both feel very strongly about giving others the opportunity to achieve that ability, and to support our community just as we received support from people in one way or another.”

Jaydeep and Aboli hope that their scholarship will help students focus on what matters most. “We truly hope that this scholarship will remove or reduce any monetary barriers that students may face in obtaining the high-quality education at UC Davis,” they share. “We hope this scholarship will reduce some of their mental and practical constraints and free their minds to focus on their learning and education.”

If you are interested in supporting our students too, Give Day, UC Davis’ biggest annual fundraiser, offers a wonderful opportunity. The fundraising event, held over Picnic Day weekend (April 19-20), gives us all a chance to support the things we love about our university. Check out the Give Day website to find the areas of campus you want to support.

Thank you for all you do as a UC Davis parent. Go Ags!

For more information about how parent giving makes a difference in students’ lives, contact Cari DuBois-Wright, Associate Director of Development in Parent Giving, at caduboiswright@ucdavis.edu, 510-388-3605, Cari can help facilitate your giving. You can visit our Parents Fund website here as well as learn more about our Family Fellows.

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