Corporate sponsorship creates a mutually beneficial relationship, as students receive local corporate support for their education and, in turn, join the skilled workforce that companies need to succeed in an increasingly competitive global environment.
ARCS® Foundation Northern California Chapter ("ARCS NCC") welcomes the support of many Northern California businesses and corporations in underwriting ARCS Foundation Scholar Awards.
2020-2021 Scholar Awards Campaign
The 2020-2021 ARCS NCC Scholar Awards Campaign goal is to distribute at least $905,000 in awards to outstanding graduate students pursuing studies in the sciences, technology, engineering, math, and medical research at San Francisco State University, Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley, Davis, San Francisco (UCSF), and Santa Cruz. ARCS NCC plans to achieve this goal by fundraising from its members, individual non-members, foundations and corporations.
Scholar Awards Campaign 2020-2021 began on July 1, 2020, the start of the ARCS fiscal year, and will continue through June 30, 2021. On that date, the Chapter will disburse all Scholar Awards Campaign funds raised during its fiscal year to its recipient universities, to be awarded to selected scholars in approved departments.
Designated awards may be given in the name of a specific individual, corporation or organization. The minimum donation amount for a named scholar is $10,000. Individual scholars are matched with donors and recognition takes place at the annual Scholar Awards Celebration. ARCS Foundation NCC does its best to accommodate specific donor requests with regard to university and field of interest.
2020-2021 Scholar Awards Campaign Levels and Benefits
Magna Cum Laude Level - $20,000
All Benefits of Cum Laude level with:
-A two-year named Scholar Award OR two one-year named Scholar Awards
*Named scholar listed as the “A-B-C (Corporation)” Scholar
Cum Laude Level - $10,000
All benefits of With Distinction level with:
-One-year named Scholar Award
*Named scholar listed as the “A-B-C (Corporation)” Scholar
With Distinction Level - $5,000
-Shared one-year named Scholar Award
*Shared named scholar listed with both $5,000 funders together, as the “A-B-C (Corporation) Scholar” and “X-Y-Z (Corporation) Scholar”
-Two guests seated with your scholar at the 2019 Scholar Awards Celebration
-Name visually displayed during introduction of scholars at the Scholar Awards Celebration
-Name listed in 2020-2021 Annual Report
Direct Impact: A named A-B-C Corporation scholar will underscore the importance of supporting science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medical research in a time of great need. 100% of donations to the Scholar Awards Fund go directly to selected ARCS Scholars. Donations need to be received or pledged no later than June 30, 2021.
Heather Shaddox, University of California, Santa Cruz
“I am thrilled, honored and very appreciative to be selected as a recipient of this generous ARCS Award. I am a first-generation college student without familial support to pursue higher education. I am interested in slow offshore earthquakes and in using seismology to detect and study oceanic internal gravity waves. The former is important for seismic hazard and the latter is very new research and key for climate models.”
Vera Belaia, University of California, Berkeley
“As an undergraduate, I researched climate-change-related shifts of precipitation patterns to help update the Maryland State Highway Administration’s requirements for roadway designs. This experience … opened my eyes to the kind of large scale, real world problems that environmental engineering research can solve. I am excited to continue my involvement in the field of environmental engineering, and more specifically environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology, as I work towards my PhD at Berkeley by using numerical methods to research sea level rise. Your support has made this step in my research career and my move to California possible.”
Van Le, San Francisco State University
“Please know that your financial support really made a difference in my study as it allowed me to afford the necessary upgrade to my computer system to transition to the online platform and continue my educational research in collaboration with my instructors to completion … I successfully defended my thesis and completed my Masters program on 7/27/2020. I am looking forward to continuing my research in the biomedical field and working to help in the fight against infectious diseases.”
Peter Sariano, University of California, Davis
“I just wanted to reach out during these difficult times to let you know how impactful the ARCS [award] has been for the productivity of my research. Before the lab was put on lockdown due to the shelter in place, I was able to perform one final experiment that supports my hypothesis that breast cancer may be able to prevent monocytes from killing the tumor. This experiment would not have been possible without your support, and when I am able to get back into the lab once the Covid-19 situation becomes contained, I will continue working hard to expand on these results. The outcome of this study may reveal new therapeutic targets for treating breast cancer.”
Lauren Lahey, Stanford University
“As an ARCS scholar, I have been given gifts that are precious to all scientists: financial means, intellectual flexibility, and, of course, time. These resources are what have allowed me to investigate the scientific matters that I am passionate about investigating. Without the ARCS award, I would have spent a minimum of two months preparing fellowship applications to procure my own funding. Instead, I was able to perform the experiments that were crucial to solving the many puzzling aspects of my research questions.”
Manuela Richter, University of California, San Francisco
“It is an honor to receive this ARCS recognition, to meet others equally passionate about STEM, and most of all to be able to continue contributing to science in the field I love. With this award, I am able to cover basic expenses during my time as a graduate student, allowing me to dedicate myself fully to my research. Additionally, ARCS is a wonderful opportunity to connect with other scholars and donors who share my excitement for science and education. Thank you, again, for your generosity.”