Husband-and-wife UCSD alumni pledge $1.2 million to school
LA JOLLA (CNS) – Husband-and-wife UC San Diego alumni Richard Sandstrom
and Sandra Timmons pledged $1.2 million to their alma mater, the school
Sandstrom, co-founder of high-tech giant Cymer Inc. and a 1972 applied
mathematics and engineering science graduate, and Timmons, a former television
writer/producer who graduated in 1981, will support graduate students in the
Jacobs School of Engineering and undergraduates through the Chancellor's
Associates Scholars program.
The donation came via the Timmstrom Family Fund.
“We are deeply grateful to Sandra Timmons and Richard Sandstrom for
their dedicated support and generosity to UC San Diego,” said Chancellor
Pradeep Khosla. “Their gift will have a profound impact on both undergraduate
and graduate students for generations to come.”
Sandstrom helped start Cymer, which makes lithography light sources used
by computer chip manufacturers around the globe.
“Sandy and I believe UC San Diego is an amazing school – it is a place
to get a great education but one that has gotten much more expensive since we
were there,” he said. “Having access to an education from UC San Diego is
having access to the American dream.”
The couple designated $700,000 to establish the Sandstrom Graduate
Fellowship in Engineering, and the remaining $500,000 will be used to establish
the Timmstrom Scholars endowed fund to support undergraduate scholarships in
the Chancellor's Associates Scholars Program.
Khosla set up the program last fall to provide eligible UCSD students
who have graduated from Gompers Preparatory Academy, Lincoln High School and
The Preuss School with $10,000 per year for four years.
The program is soon to be extended to transfer students from San Diego
City College and Southwestern College, as well as high school graduates who
went through the Reality Changers program, which benefits inner-city youth.