A Personal Note — The Gabriel Zimmerman Scholarship Fund

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Last weekend’s horrible violence in Tucson, AZ claimed many victims – including Gabriel Zimmerman, who served as US Representative Gabrielle Giffords’ Director of Community Outreach.  He was only thirty years old, and had devoted his life to public service.

Gabe was a UC Santa Cruz graduate — my alma mater.  He was a 2002 Sociology graduate (with Honors), and worked for Representative Gabrielle Giffords since 2006.

A few other UCSC alumnus and I have created a scholarship in Gabe’s name.  I’ve written a check to help fund this scholarship, and I hope you will consider making a contribution as well.  The scholarship will go to ensure that needy UCSC students who are committed to social justice, and planning a career in public service will be able to fulfill their dream – and while doing so, will continue in the path of Gabe’s ideals.  I didn’t know Gabe, but his death struck me particularly hard – a guy who was in the wrong place, at the wrong time, for the right reasons.

You can contribute directly through the University’s website at

https://secure.imodules.com/s/1069/index-2-column.aspx?gid=1&pgid=761&cid=1722.

NOTE: — As of early April, 2011, the University raised over the minimum $50,000 to make the scholarship endowed.  If you have any relationship to UCSC, to Gabe Zimmerman or Congresswoman Giffords, or are just concerned about Gabe’s passion of social justice, please consider a donation.

Please make sure to specify, under “Other”, that your donation is for the Gabriel Zimmerman Scholarship Fund.

While I didn’t know Gabe, I am proud of his idealism and his commitment, and I hope we can all join together to honor his memory – and build for the future.

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