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Klein Lieu ’13 honors his mother, Mai Huynh, through an endowment that bears her name: “This woman is my inspiration for everything.” / Courtesy of Klein Lieu
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When You Drink Water, Remember the Source

One student pays it forward in his continued fight for social justice.

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Meet Our 2021–2022 Leadership Award Scholars

Join us in congratulating our incoming 2021–2022 Alumni Scholars and honoring our continuing students.

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“Pursue Your Dreams Fearlessly”: An Entrepreneur’s Wisdom for Graduating Scholars

Ten years ago, I was exactly where you are right now: graduating with big dreams and aspirations ahead.

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Yuner Evelyn Lu ’21 Urges Class of 2021 to Realize Its Power

I’m a senior studying electrical engineering and computer science at Cal, and I am honored to share my UC Berkeley journey with you.

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What Pedro De Anda Plascencia ’21 Wants His Fifth-Grade Self to Know

Dear Fifth-Grade Pedro: I want to begin by telling you that I love you. You are valid, and you are worthy of love and protection.

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Supporting the UC Berkeley Community

Please join us in congratulating our incoming 2021 – 2022 Alumni Scholars and honoring our continuing students.

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A Letter from the Executive Director | Fall 2019

Dear Cal family, It has been an epoch-making year for diversity and student excellence at the Cal Alumni Association (CAA) and UC Berkeley. Words simply cannot describe how proud I am of today’s engaging and all-encompassing programming, the success of which is mainly due to your investment and support as committed CAA donors. You continue to […]

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Creation of The Achievement Award Program

In 1996 California voters approved Proposition 209, which prohibited the consideration of race, ethnicity, or sex in the admission process at public universities. Immediately, the percentage of students at the University of California, Berkeley from low-income, minority communities decreased dramatically. As a result, the Cal Alumni Association (CAA), encouraged by Chancellor Robert Berdahl, formed a task […]

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Freshman Scholar Takes Flight at Berkeley

Justin Hogenauer ’22 dreams of becoming an Air Force pilot, but when it came to choosing where to go to college, he wanted a top-tier school—one that provided the kind of broad academic, professional, and social advantages for which Cal is so well known. “The Air Force Academy was an option,” he says. “But the […]

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Celebrating 85 Years of Alumni Scholarships

Established in 1934 in the depths of the Great Depression, the Alumni Scholars Program now supports 800+ undergraduate scholars each year, awarding more than $2.2 million in financial aid.

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The Value of My Public Education

Betty Yee ’79 made her first political act at age 13: a plea before city officials not to close the local school. The move would force her to bus to school, away from her responsibilities to her family business. Her act “was about giving a voice to people who didn’t speak English,” Betty says. “That’s […]

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A Letter from the Executive Director | Spring 2018

“It is a disturbing fact to me,” joked President John F. Kennedy in his 1962 Charter Day speech, “that the New Frontier owes as much to Berkeley, as it does to Harvard University.” Happy Birthday, Golden Bears! 2018 is an exciting year, marking the 150th anniversary of the founding of Berkeley—the shining star of public education. How […]