Harvard Law Professor Continues Support of Merced Students

Charles J. Ogletree, Jr.

This fall, four incoming freshmen who graduated from high school in Merced will receive a scholarship from the UC Merced Donors Scholarship Fund thanks to a gift on behalf of Charles J. Ogletree Jr., J.D.

Recognized throughout the nation as an educator and equal-rights leader, Ogletree has a long record of commitment and service to public schools and higher education.

Ogletree attended public schools in Merced and knows firsthand how difficult it can be for students to achieve their educational pursuits. He has mentored many young people and continues to support scholarships that will benefit local students.

His legacy at UC Merced began on opening day in September 2005, when he gave the keynote address to the inaugural class. As the first recipient of the Alice and Clifford Spendlove Prize in Social Justice, Diplomacy and Tolerance, he returned to campus in 2006 to share his experiences and accomplishments with students, faculty, staff and community members. Ogletree visited the campus again in May of this year to witness UC Merced’s inaugural class – the same class he addressed in 2005 – celebrate Commencement and the start of their next phase of life.