UC Merced Update

Collegiate Alumni Foundation Awards First Scholarship


Collegiate Alumni FoundationFrom the moment students step foot on campus, they are taught the importance of giving back – both monetarily and by donating their time.

One such way is through the Collegiate Alumni Foundation (CAF), a student-led organization promoting philanthropy and a lasting culture of university pride.

The endowment is managed by a group of students - the CAF student trustees - dedicated to instilling philanthropic and leadership values in UC Merced's student body. When students make a pledge to the Alumni Association and become a collegiate member, half of their $10 pledge goes into the endowment.

This year, the student trustees were able to award their first scholarship from the endowment, initially funded by Comcast Cable, to molecular biology major Cynthia Dumas, of Los Banos.

"The purpose of the CAF is to promote and facilitate the philanthropic spirit among students at UC Merced," said Robert Machado, Collegiate Alumni Foundation president. "By allocating our first scholarship, we are making a huge step in our never-ending journey to promote a philanthropic culture on campus and beyond."

Machado said Dumas was selected for her philanthropically based achievements and endeavors.

After participating in her first Relay For Life during her second year of chemotherapy for leukemia, Dumas volunteered and assumed a leadership role with the American Cancer Society. She is a local advocacy volunteer for the society's Cancer Action Network, the sister organization that lobbies the federal government for cancer prevention and treatment-related legislation.

"In this sense, CAF's allocation of its first scholarship can be viewed as an investment, not only in an individual who seeks to make a positive impact on their community, but also in the philanthropic ideals that CAF promotes," Machado said.