California’s future rests with our students

For generations the University of California has been a launch pad for people who have gone on to change the state and the world. Our promise, as a public research university, has always been to provide the brightest Californians a world-class education at an affordable price. In fact, we enroll more low-income students than any other top-flight U.S. University. But the last five years of deep budget cuts have led to higher tuition and left some students without the financial help they rely on to graduate.

The Campaign

Promise for Education was a crowdfunding effort that took place this fall. For the six weeks leading up to October 31st, 2013, we asked everyone — students, alumni, UC fans, celebrities and concerned citizens — to make a promise, set a crowdfunding goal, and rally their networks for support. Over 1,000 promises were created and almost 4,000 contributions were made for a total of over $1.3M raised for undergraduate scholarships.

Now it’s time to celebrate

Thanks to the creativity and generosity of the UC community, the Promise for Education campaign was a success in raising visibility of the need for student scholarship support and attracting new scholarship dollars. The campaign is now over, but you can still enjoy all of the great promises that were made. Congratulations to all who reached their goals and thanks again for supporting the students of UC!