UCDRA Career Enhancement Award

The UC Davis Retirees’ Association (UCDRA) grants a career enhancement award to UC Davis employees who are furthering their education. Applications for this award are made through Staff Assembly. The UCDRA partners with Staff Assembly to choose the recipients and process the awards.

2017 Career Enhancement Award: Jenna Wilkerson, Pharmacy

Photo: Juanita BraxtonJenna Wilkerson, recipient of the UCDRA staff scholarship for 2016, is pursuing a degree in management to help further refine her coaching and leadership skills. Jenna leads a busy life, balancing a family of four children, and a full time job as a Pharmacist Technician at the Health System campus. Leadership has always been an important staple of Jenna's life, and she is able to supervise and mentor colleagues while balancing the daily rigors of the pharmacy. Jenna also currently participates on the advisory board of Carrington College's Sacramento campus, helping to shape the future of Carrington's Pharmacy Technology Program.

Past Recipients

Year Winner Description
2016-2017 Hannah Chale, Diplomacy - International Conflict Management pursuing a master's degree in Diplomacy - International Conflict Management
2015-2016 Juanita Braxton, F. William Blaisdell Surgical Education Program pursuing a doctorate degree in Public Health
2014-2015 Finlay Terhune, Shields Library pursuing a master's degree in counseling psychology from the University of San Francisco
2013-2014 Kawami Evans, Student Housing pursuing a PhD in educational Leadership and management from Drexel University
2011-2012 Joyce Nochez, Acute Care pursuing a degree to advance from registered nurse to nurse practioner
2010-2011 Wendy Stoltz, UC Davis Extention; George Robertson, Graduate School of Management; and Donna Van Dolah, Seed Biotechnology Center
"25 for 25" Campaign Continues

The UC Davis Retirees’ Association (UCDRA) “25 for 25” career enhancement endowment campaign was launched at the fall retiree meeting on October 30, 2014. The first 25 in the name stands for the UCDRA 25th anniversary and the second 25 stands for the minimum of $25,000 that is required to establish an endowment. The endowment will fund an annual grant to be awarded to a career staff person who is pursuing his/her education while working at UC Davis. The UCDRA has been funding a UC Davis staff career enchancement award from member dues since 1999. The endowment will allow dues revenue to be used for other projects.

The initial goal of $25,000 needed to establish the endowment was just the beginning. The UCDRA will continue fundraising so that the endowment can be used to fund a larger grant and/or multiple annual awards.

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25 for 25
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