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Quidel Corporation, a leading provider of rapid diagnostic testing solutions, cellular-based virology assays and molecular diagnostic systems, has committed to give $1 million for scholarships that support tomorrow’s scientists and health professionals at UArizona and to make an additional $1 million investment in sponsored research projects. Of the scholarship gift, half will benefit the BIO5 Institute's KEYS Research Internship program. The remainder will establish the Quidel Global Health Scholarships.
Community pharmacist and University of Arizona R. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy alumnus John A. "Andy" Ware made an estate gift commitment establishing the John A. and Frances P. Ware Endowment prior to his death in March. The $2.3 million endowment will provide for the college's most pressing needs in the coming years. Ware's career in pharmacy spanned three decades.
Entrepreneur and University of Arizona College of Pharmacy alumnus R. Ken Coit has committed $50 million through his family foundation to solidify UArizona's place as a leader in pharmaceutical education, research and innovation. The R. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy now bears his name in recognition of his gift. "It is my goal to see the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy take its place among the top three programs in the nation," Coit said.
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.