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New Bequest to Support SPP Students to Experience UC Washington Center in D.C.

Dr. Derick Brinkerhoff ’69 and Dr. Jennifer Brinkerhoff of Bethesda, Maryland have established a new endowed scholarship in public service through their estate. This transformational gift will provide financial support to eligible UCR School of Public Policy (SPP) students to spend a quarter in the UC Washington Center (UCDC).

UCDC is a multi-campus residential, instructional and research center that provides students and faculty from the University of California with opportunities to study, research, work, and live within Washington’s rich cultural, political and international heritage.

“We want to ensure that SPP students have an opportunity to learn about policy in our nation’s capital. Gaining this exposure can open their world to greater possibilities and make them more effective wherever they choose to serve,” the Brinkerhoffs said as their motivation for establishing the fund.

Preference for the endowed scholarship will be given to students from historically under-represented groups (including first-generation college educated and those from low socio-economic backgrounds) in the School of Public Policy, who aspire to pursue a career in public service. 

Dr. Derick W. Brinkerhoff (BA ’69, MAdmin ’75) is a Distinguished Fellow Emeritus with RTI International and is an associate faculty member at George Washington University's Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. He earned an EdD at Harvard University.  

Dr. Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff is a Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs at George Washington University. She earned a BA at the University of California, Santa Barbara, MPA at Monterey Institute of International Studies, and PhD at the University of Southern California.