BY GAIL MATSUNAGA
From Dateline (August 19, 2004)
Family Foundations Contribute to Guardian Scholars
Two gifts totaling $100,000 have been awarded
by family-based foundations to the Guardian Scholars Program.
Launched in fall 1998, Guardian Scholars recognizes
the achievements and ambitions of earning a college degree by students
who have left the foster care system, were wards of the court or
come from similar backgrounds.
Wishing to give back to the university, the Dhont
Family Foundation has contributed $50,000 to the program. The family’s
ownership and management of the Nutwood Apartments, a longtime,
popular and convenient housing complex for Titan students, influenced
the foundation’s support of the university and the Guardian
It is the foundation’s hope, says Carlos Leija,
former development director of the Guardian Scholars Program and
now executive director of Alumni Relations, that they support the
scholars on an annual basis.
Another $50,000 came from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
The gift followed a campus visit by a foundation representative
and a recommendation by alumnus and 2004 Vision & Visionaries
honoree Joe Moderow (B.A. economics ’70), retired senior vice
president, legal and public affairs, general counsel and corporate
secretary of UPS. The foundation was created by UPS founder Jim
Casey in honor of his mother. Its mission is to help build better
futures for millions of disadvantaged children.