Bequests and Planned Gifts
Legacy gifts have resulted in some of the School’s most generous and far-reaching gifts. Your planned gift will ensure academic excellence and access for generations to come. Your gift can also provide financial and tax benefits for you, your heirs, and others you care about.
Many individuals who could not otherwise make a major gift find they are able to do so with a carefully planned gift, thereby fulfilling their philanthropic goals for the School.
Planned gifts include:
Pooled Income Funds
Gifts of property or real estate
Whatever your age, you can make a substantial contribution to the UCLA Ed&IS through a planned gift and satisfy your personal tax and longterm financial goals at the same time.
Learn More: UCLA has extensive planned giving resources, dedicated staff, and in-house attorneys available to answer your questions, on a confidential basis and without charge or obligation. To learn more you are welcome to contact the university Planned Giving Office directly, or the UCLA Ed&IS External Relations office.
A Lasting Legacy
In 2015, the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies received the largest legacy gift in our history from the estate of Gordon Smith, a UCLA alumnus who was a long time educator and small business owner. The bequest established the Gordon and Olga Smith Scholarship Fund to provide support for UCLA Education students. To date, the bequest has supported over 40 students who are pursuing graduate degrees in Education.
The Smiths’ generosity made possible the establishment of two scholarship programs for outstanding students pursuing credentials and degrees in education. The Gordon and Olga Smith Teacher Education Scholars Program will provide scholarship funding to outstanding students in the UCLA Teacher Education Program. In addition, the Gordon and Olga Smith Dean’s Scholars Program will provide new or continuing scholarship funding to recruit the best and brightest students nationally to UCLA to pursue advanced degrees in Education.
“This transformational gift from Gordon and Olga Smith will in perpetuity support UCLA Ed & IS students who are pursuing their studies in education,” said Dean Suárez-Orozco. “The gift dawns a new era of excellence in education at UCLA. The Gordon and Olga Smith Scholarship Fund will serve as a lasting tribute to the extraordinary lives of Gordon and Olga Smith and their dedicated work as public school teachers, while enabling UCLA to recruit the next generation of outstanding Education students.”
Gordon Don Smith was born in Denver in 1941. He graduated from UCLA in 1963 with his bachelor’s degree in Spanish and social studies. He also majored in Spanish at the University of Guadalajara in Mexico. Olga Nena Smith, whose family arrived in the United States from Spain in 1920, was born in Hartford, Connecticut. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Bridgeport University in Connecticut, and her master’s degree from Middlebury College’s graduate school in Madrid.
The Smiths’ professional lives echoed their mutual passions of education, Hispanic cultures, and travel. Gordon Smith, who earned his general subject secondary teaching credential at UCLA in 1964, taught Spanish and social studies in Alaska, and in the Burbank Unified School District. Olga Smith taught Spanish in Burbank Unified School District as well.
The Smiths, who were both fluent Spanish speakers, traveled extensively throughout Europe, South America, Central America, and the South Pacific. While living in Alaska in the 1970s, where Gordon began his teaching career at West Anchorage High School, the couple founded their own travel agency. Upon returning to California and making their home in Sherman Oaks in 1974, Gordon worked for Western Airlines while still teaching in Burbank Unified School District.
When the Smiths retired from their teaching careers, they owned an oceanfront motel in Lincoln City, Ore., which they operated for ten years. Later, upon returning to California, they owned and operated several apartment buildings in Burbank and the San Fernando Valley for over 16 years.
The Smiths, who had no children, were known for their kindness, industry, and appreciation of people and cultures.
“They were the perfect example of lives well lived,” wrote Hilary Barry, executor for the Gordon Smith estate. “They were a wonderful couple that worked as a team and were always exploring new opportunities. They did what they loved, and it showed.”
UCLA began as a Teacher’s College in 1882, and we have been shaping and molding the knowledge sector in this country ever since. We develop future generations of scholars, teachers, information professionals, and institutional leaders. Our work is guided by the principles of individual responsibility and social justice, an ethic of caring, and commitment to the communities we serve.
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Prepares students to be leaders in education research, policy and practice.
DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION STUDIES
Seeks to define, study and evaluate interactions among people, information and information technology in a way that promotes equity, diversity, accountability and intellectual openness.
Groundbreaking research is more than a concept at Ed & IS — it’s a plan of action. Our nationally renowned research centers and institutes are doing fundamental work on what matters most in education and information studies in the 21st century: the discovery and application of usable knowledge at the crossroads of policy and practice.
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