Impact Stories

UCLA Engineering partners with alumnus for sports research

James L. Easton '59 James Easton ’59 and Phyllis Easton have been generous donors to UCLA, including the engineering school where James Easton received his bachelor’s degree in 1959. The couple has supported many activities on campus, from a UCLA Engineering lab researching new materials including carbon nanotubes — the technology used in baseball bats manufactured by Easton Sports — to medical research and entrepreneurship, including the Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and the Easton Technical Leadership program at the Anderson School. Why UCLA? Said Easton, ” I attribute much of my success to what I learned at UCLA and I want to give back to the university that made my education experience possible, so others may also have a UCLA experience. But also, few institutions have the capabilities and expertise of UCLA. Few universities can study carbon nanotubes for sports equipment, conduct leading-edge research in cancer and Alzheimer’s, and be home to 100 national sports championships  

Students, diversity, thrive with alumni scholarships

Bridget NavarroBridget Navarro, ‘09, received the Doane Family Scholarship in Civil and Environmental Engineering while at UCLA. The scholarship was established by Jim Doane ’68 and his wife Jean through the matching challenge program. After graduating from UCLA with a double major in civil and environmental engineering and atmospheric, oceanic and environmental sciences, Navarro continued on to graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While at UCLA, she said, “Alumni donors like Mr. and Mrs. Doane are truly making a difference in student’s lives by helping those who have the passion to learn, without being burdened by financial worries.  Because of my experience being a scholarship recipient, I too want to be able to help students who are pursuing a higher education someday.”