Chancellor’s Centennial Scholars Match Program adds 50 percent to value of endowed gifts for graduate student fellowships between $250,000 and $1 million

UCLA College is pleased to announce an exceptional opportunity for friends and alumni to expand the impact of their gifts.

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block has created the Chancellor’s Centennial Scholars Match program. Through June 30, 2018 — or until matching funds are exhausted — the UCLA Chancellor’s Centennial Scholars Match program will add 50 percent to the value of all qualifying gifts for endowed graduate fellowships. With the Chancellor’s Match, a $250,000 gift automatically becomes $375,000 to support high-achieving graduate students. A $1 million fellowship gift automatically becomes $1.5 million.

Endowed fellowships are vital for students in the College. They attract diverse and talented applicants who want to take advantage of the rich education we offer. They also help the College to provide the access and excellence that are our hallmarks as the academic heart of one of the top public research universities in the world. In addition, endowed gifts remain intact in perpetuity, giving donors a permanent legacy at UCLA.

Here’s how the Chancellor’s Centennial Scholars 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 fellowships in the College.

Cash gifts and pledges will be matched. Corporate matching gifts and planned gifts are not eligible. Pledges are payable over a maximum of five years. The Chancellor’s Centennial Scholars Match is 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 in the world.

For more information, please contact: Megan Kissinger, Assistant Vice Chancellor, UCLA College Development, at (310) 206-0667 or


“I am incredibly grateful to be a recipient of the Clara Leplin and Beatrice Rasof Fellowship. This fellowship has been instrumental in allowing me to focus on my dissertation research and make a great deal of progress toward completing my Ph.D.”

Ariana Bell is a recipient of the Clara Leplin and Beatrice Rasof fellowship and Ph.D. student in social psychology, with minors in quantitative and developmental psychology. Ariana studies how racial and ethnic diversity shapes adolescent social and emotional development. She is interested in studying intergroup attitudes, discrimination, ethnic identity and the formation of political attitudes among adolescents and early adults. Before starting at UCLA, she researched national bullying legislation and policy using funding provided by the U.S. Department of Education. After completing her Ph.D., Ariana will pursue a career in academia as a professor at a research-oriented university, where she can continue to conduct research on these topics. In the future, she hopes to collaborate again with the Department of Education to bring empirical research findings to the context of social policy.


 “This fellowship makes it possible for many future scholars to have the financial support necessary to excel in their respective fields of study. This generous fellowship has allowed me to focus full time on my research, and without it, it would have been impossible to be where I am now.”

Fernando Serrano is a Latin American History Ph.D. candidate and recipient of the Meyer and Renee Luskin Graduate Endowed Fellowship.  His research focuses on the impact of silver mining in colonial Guanajuato on the indigenous communities that comprised the mining labor force. Working in local archives in the Mexican states of Michoacán and Guanajuato, he has utilized previously ignored documentary evidence that has led him to challenge some fundamental assumptions about the labor force for the mining industry in the Guanajuato-Michoacán region, and he hopes that this will be an important contribution to his field. After obtaining his Ph.D., he will begin a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCSD, and subsequently hopes to find a position at an institution where he can continue to grow as a scholar and share his passion for his research with graduate and undergraduate students.