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The University of Arizona Honors College is now the W.A. Franke Honors College in recognition of a $25 million gift commitment made by William A. "Bill" Franke, his wife, Carolyn, and the Franke family. The Frankes' gift provides student scholarships, stipends to defray the cost of living in the Honors Village, and funding to help students develop global leadership skills through participation in study abroad.
University of Arizona causes inspired record-breaking support during the 2020-21 academic year, setting new benchmarks for overall giving and taking the endowment over $1 billion. More than ever before, private gifts are funding needs including scholarships and student programs, research, the arts, faculty and facilities. The goal is to continue growing the endowment to the level many peer universities with similar student populations and budgets have attained.
Professor Emeritus Rabi Bhattacharya has committed $1 million to the Steele Children's Research Center. The gift will be used to create the Gouri Bhattacharya Endowed Professor of Pediatric Cancer, named in honor of Bhattacharya's late wife, Gouri, who gave to a children's cancer research charity before being diagnosed with lung cancer in late 2017. During her treatment, she was inspired by the courage of children with cancer and their families.
Cody and Patsy Ritchie, dedicated University of Arizona supporters, have made a gift commitment of $1 million to Arizona Athletics toward the Wildcat Scholarship Fund and program enhancements for Arizona Football, as well as Arizona Men's and Women's Golf. Half of the gift will go toward the Wildcat Scholarship Fund, which helps provide room, board, books, fees and meals for Arizona student-athletes.
The gift creates an innovative partnership between the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques, or SALT, Center. The partnership is the first of its kind at the university and makes it possible for a larger and broader population of students to benefit from the SALT Center's nationally recognized model of support for students who learn differently.
College of Engineering graduate Dylan Taylor is funding the Patrick R. Taylor Endowed Department Leadership Chair to honor his father, a renowned expert in metallurgy, materials science and thermal plasma technology. Dylan Taylor hopes the endowment will enable the university and college to recruit an internationally known chair with an extensive background in advanced materials.