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Building opportunity

Building opportunity

By J. D. Hillard

When Minh Anh Nguyen graduated this year, she already had a position lined up as a programmer at Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale.

Nguyen's path to a job in the career she trained for began with her first computer science classes at the Jack Baskin School of Engineering.

Nguyen (Merrill '20, computer science) says she's grateful the Baskin School of Engineering opened doors for her to meet people who helped her on the way to a career. She is the first in her family to go to college, and the only person in her family to pursue a career in computer science.

When Jack Baskin established the Baskin School of Engineering Fund, his vision included students like Nguyen. It was his wish that UC Santa Cruz would be a destination for students who wanted to enter careers inventing, designing, analyzing, and building.

Since the school was established, the fund has supported teaching and equipment that have helped more than 5,000 students gain engineering degrees and compete effectively in the job market.

But Baskin wasn't done. He later established a charitable remainder trust benefitting the fund. This tax-deductible gift paid him an annual distribution until he passed away. Then the portion that remained was added to the fund for the engineering school.

Charitable remainder trusts are among the various planned giving options that expand the impact donors can make through their estate.

Baskin's charitable remainder trust will continue helping future engineers start bright careers for many years to come.

Learn more about this and other planned giving options at plannedgifts.ucsc.edu


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