Cal Alumni Student Association Presents Scholarship Funds to University of California Office of the President for UC Berkeley Undergraduate Leaders

Berkeley, CA (February 2, 2015)— The Cal Alumni Association (CAA) of UC Berkeley announced that the Cal Alumni Student Association (CASA) has donated $25,000 to support undergraduate student leaders. Their gift, now the CASA Leadership Scholarship Fund, serves ongoing efforts to support The Leadership Award, a CAA Alumni Scholarship program at Cal. To date, 99 undergraduate students contributed to this student initiative, while 67 who graduated in 2014 are eligible for more than $17,000 in matching funds through UC Berkeley’s one-time “Class of 2014” challenge match.

“We are so excited to give back to Cal. As alumni, it is our way to thank Cal for all that it has given, and will continue to give to us,” says former CASA president and Engineering major Derek Fitzgerald ’14. “Through our CASA Leadership Scholarship Fund, the 2014 CASA Board created a lasting legacy that says we support The Leadership Award and its scholars.”

“We are pleased to see undergraduate students at UC Berkeley give back to their alma mater in such a significant way,” shared Executive Director of Alumni and Constituent Affairs for University of California Office of the President (UCOP) John Valva. “UCOP commends the CASA Class of 2014 undergraduate students for their leadership skills that facilitate engagement between students and alumni, thereby engaging the broader community that is the University of California.”

CAA supports CASA and other campus initiatives through a UCOP Alumni and Student Engagement Grant. The UCOP grants are directed to campus alumni relations programs that engage current students and educate them on the role that philanthropy plays at the University of California, Berkeley.

“CASA is the flagship student group for engagement between students and alumni and key to building future alumni leaders,” stated CAA Executive Director Jefferson Coombs. “We are so proud of CASA and their dedication. Their hard work, culminating in this generous act of giving, represents the best of Cal alumni, both in the personal commitment to the campus as students, and their vision to support those who are yet to come.”

To contribute to the CASA Leadership Scholarship Fund, please contact Joani Carpenter at or 510.900.8203.

About the Cal Alumni Association
The Cal Alumni Association (CAA) provides all Cal graduates with rewarding connections to the University, to fellow alumni, and to current students. Founded by the original graduates of the University of California in 1872, the Cal Alumni Association today represents nearly half a million alumni living throughout the world. With a mission of advancing and promoting the interests of the University, CAA is committed to providing essential programs and services designed to keep alumni of all ages and interests connected to the University and to each other. Browse our website frequently for the most up-to-date information about opportunities for alumni, as well as links to campus news and events. When on campus, please stop by Alumni House; we look forward to serving you.

About the Cal Alumni Student Association (CASA)
Sponsored by CAA, the Cal Alumni Student Association (CASA) is the flagship student group at UC Berkeley for alumni and students to connect. CASA hosts alumni networking events, organizes community service projects, and provides leadership and professional development opportunities and workshops. CASA also hosts annual recognition receptions for its members and the broader Cal community as part of its tradition of cultivating the top leaders at UC Berkeley.
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About The Leadership Award
The Leadership Award is a one-year, merit-based scholarship that recognizes undergraduate students at UC Berkeley who demonstrate innovative, initiative-driven leadership impacting their academic, work, or community environments. Leadership Award Scholars receive one-year scholarships in the amount of $2,000. Approximately 750 new and continuing students receive The Leadership Award each academic year. With more than 15,000 alumni scholars since its inception, The Leadership Award is the largest non-academic merit scholarship on the UC Berkeley campus.
Learn more about The Leadership Award »

Photo above: CAA Executive Director Jefferson Coombs, former CASA Executive Directors Derek Fitzgerald and Sanjana Narka​r​, and Executive Director of Alumni and Constituent Affairs for UCOP John Valva accept scholarship funds to support Berkeley undergraduate leaders.

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