Chancellor’s Centennial Scholars Match

Chancellor's Match Program Announced to Boost Endowed Scholarship Gifts to the UCLA School of Nursing


Chancellor's Centennial Scholars Match program adds 50 percent to value of endowed scholarship gifts between $250,000 and $1 million

The UCLA School of Nursing is happy to share an exceptional opportunity for alumni, friends, and our community to expand the impact of your gifts. As UCLA enters the latter part of The Centennial Campaign for UCLA, Chancellor Gene Block is expanding the UCLA Chancellor’s Centennial Scholars Match to include graduate scholarships, also known as fellowships. The match program goes through June 30, 2018, or until matching funds are exhausted. With the Chancellor's match, a $250,000 gift automatically becomes $375,000, or similarly, a $1 million gift automatically becomes $1.5 million to support our outstanding community of UCLA School of Nursing students.

Endowed scholarships are a vital source of financial aid to our students and to our School, helping to attract diverse top-notch talent with a comprehensive financial aid package. Student debt is one of the most urgent challenges affecting college graduates, their families and the U.S. economy. An investment in scholarship support at the UCLA School of Nursing has a great return for the recipient and has ripple effects. When more students earn a UCLA School of Nursing degree and graduate with little to no debt, they enter the healthcare workforce able to take on opportunities based not only on salary considerations, but also on their skills and passions. Furthermore, any endowed gifts remain intact in perpetuity, giving donors a chance to leave their permanent legacy at the School.

Here's how the Chancellor's Centennial Scholarship Match works:

  • Qualifying gifts of $250,000 to $1 million will be matched at 50 percent.
  • Gifts eligible for matching funds must support new or existing endowments that are specifically designated to support scholarships at the UCLA School of Nursing.
  • Cash gifts and pledges will be matched, and pledges are to be payable over a maximum of five years.
  • Corporate matching gifts and planned gifts are not eligible.

The Chancellor's Centennial Scholarship Match program is a part of the Centennial Campaign for UCLA– a seven-year, $4.2 billion effort to prepare UCLA for a second century of leadership as one of the greatest public universities of the world, and will help leave a lasting impact at the UCLA School of Nursing for many future Bruins.

Your gifts make a direct impact on our students:

Theresa K. Ly '14, MSN '17


“Being born to parents who emigrated from Cambodia has influenced my desire to pursue a career in nursing. While I have been raised on Welfare, Food Stamps and Medi-Cal, my grandmother in Cambodia still lacks the resources for good health. My grandmother, who had a stroke 10 years ago, is disabled in a wheelchair and cannot afford to have a caregiver in her home. The nearest hospital from her village is 30 miles away. Furthermore, Cambodia’s scarcity of well-trained nurses exacerbates the difficulties of meeting my grandmother’s health needs. My grandmother’s pain and suffering deeply affected me to become a nurse because I want to alleviate her suffering and the pain of many others like her who are in ill health.

A background in International Development Studies coupled with volunteer and clinical experiences has led me to realize that society needs educated, compassionate nurses everywhere. With a degree in Registered Nursing, I hope to build my clinical expertise in a hospital setting and travel to vulnerable parts of the world where I can offer my nursing skills and knowledge. This scholarship award gives me that opportunity by enabling me to pay for the cost of rent, food and textbooks while in nursing school, which my parents cannot provide me support with. Ultimately, my goal is to make our world a healthier and happier place.”


If you are interested in making a gift to the UCLA School of Nursing to support nursing scholarships, fellowships, endowments, or other academic initiatives, please contact Amy Drizhal, Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations, or at 310-794-2358.