New Scholarship to Help IIT Grads



        “A $50,000 gift from the AirTouch Communications Foundation, given in honor of Arun Sarin, has established the Arun and Rummi Sarin Financial Aid Endowment. The proceeds from this fund will help international students who could not otherwise afford to live at I-House have the kind of I-House experience that was such a meaningful part of the Sarins’ education. We are extremely pleased that this funding, made at the suggestion of the Sarins, will benefit a new generation of students,” announced Executive Director Joe Lurie at the Board meeting in March.

        I-House Alumnus of the Year in 1996, Arun Sarin described his I-House experiences:

        For me, living at I-House was a United Nations experience, fostering the kinds of relationships and world understanding that have profoundly shaped who I am today. Never did I imagine that time spent with friends… who gave me insights into their cultures, would help me and my company succeed.

        Arun (IH 1975-78) and his wife Rummi (IH 1975-77), who met in the Great Hall at their very first I-House social event in 1975, designated the purpose of the AirTouch gift.

        Arun Sarin serves on the Boards of Vodaphone Group, Cisco Systems, and Charles Schwab. Arun served on the I-House Board of Directors from 1990-1999. Rummi, a CPA who has worked with Coopers and Lybrand where she audited numerous non-profit organizations, joined the I-House Board in 1999.

        The endowment will assist non-immigrant UC graduate students who have graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) where Arun Sarin received his undergraduate degree. If there are no eligible IIT graduates, the award will go to graduate students from Bangladesh, Pakistan or, if none is eligible, to any non-immigrant graduate student. Applicants must have successfully completed their first year of graduate work at U.C. and must demonstrate financial need. Applications for this award are currently under review. The first award will be made later this spring for the 2001-2002 academic year.

Rummi and Arun Sarin