HOUSE RECEIVES LARGEST GIFT EVER

Charles Ramsden

Charles Ramsden

Many more low-income students will be able to live at International House as a legacy of alumnus Charles Ramsden (I-House 1931-1932). With the final distribution of his bequest, he will have contributed a total of $2,750,000 to the Charles H. Ramsden Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship, established in 1996, provides room and board assistance to U.S. students with preference for undergraduates and students majoring in the sciences, engineering or economics.

Chuck Ramsden was a modest man with a desire to help students. After a long career in oil exploration and living on nearly every continent, Chuck decided to share his resources with International House and the Geology department at Cal. After establishing a charitable gift annuity for I-House during the 65th anniversary campaign, he decided to make an outright gift so that his scholarship could be awarded during his lifetime. The first Ramsden Scholarship at International House was awarded for the 1996-'97 academic year. Now with this magnificent bequest, up to fifteen students, who would otherwise not be able to live at International House, will be afforded this special opportunity.

Beginning with the generous gift of the land and the building by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., private support has been fundamental to fulfilling the International House mission. With private support we can achieve our goals of economic, social and international diversity; provide programs which facilitate cross-cultural dialogue; and, operate and maintain a vibrant living environment which meets the needs of today's and tomorrow's residents.

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