Sharon Gray Memorial Scholarship

$115,870 of $200,000 goal

Raised by 894 people in 24 months
Sharon was such a bright human being. We have been so lucky to have shared part of our lives with her. Sharon was a passionate scientist, friend, spouse, sister, daughter, aunt, granddaughter, godmother, and colleague. We are picking each other up and growing together in her absence. Please honor Sharon's memory by contributing to a fellowship in her name for mentoring young women in science.

The money is split between these four projects:

1) Sharon Gray Memorial Award- UC Davis
2) Sharon Gray Memorial Award- University of Illinois
3) Scientific exchange for female scientists between Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research and UC Davis
4) American Society of Plant Biologists - Travel Award
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As the one year mark passed this month, we would like to thank everyone from around the globe that supported these efforts to celebrate Sharon's beautiful life. We have achieved so much with the generous donations from all of you.

We have set up permanent endowments at UC Davis and University of Illinois and provided seed funding for a scientific exchange with UC Davis and female Ethiopian researchers.

The final feather in the fund's cap was working with The American Society of Plant Biologists to sponsor The Sharon Gray Women's Young Investigator Travel Award. This competitive award will continue supporting women by offsetting the costs of attending ASPB's annual Plant Biology meeting.

The community support in creating this legacy for Sharon is so meaningful to us. This GoFundMe was just the beginning. We hope that you will consider future donations to these awards to continue supporting mentoring young women in science, one of Sharon's greatest passions:

UC Davis-- https://give.ucdavis.edu/BIOS/323825
University of Illinois -- https://sib.illinois.edu/alumni/donations/
ASPB Travel Award-- https://aspb-wyita.secure-platform.com/a/

We have migrated all of the GoFundMe content over to a permanent website that will track all the recipients of awards.

www.sharongrayfoundation.org

Thank you again for your support!

Love and Science,

RJ Cody Markelz and The Gray Family
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We are so happy to welcome Sara G. to Davis. Sara will be working with many members of the UC Davis campus community to hone her bioinformatics skills and learn some cutting edge molecular techniques in the Brady Lab.

We are so grateful for everyone's support for all of these projects. We have raised an additional $43,752 through UC Davis and grants to add to the $115,285 we have raised from you!

Total fundraising: $159,037

Love and Science,
RJ Cody Markelz and The Gray Family


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Happy Earth Day, March for Science Day, and UC Davis Give Day! All our projects are coming to fruition!

"I feel that when the human race acquired the technology and evolved the intelligence necessary to build an industrial society, it also acquired the moral obligation to understand and monitor its impact on the rest of the world." -Sharon Gray

Today until 5pm Pacific time there is fundraising push by UC Davis with the Sharon Gray Memorial Award promoted on the front page (see link on homepage). The UC Davis Sharon Gray Memorial Award has raised an additional $25,000 to support mentoring women or underrepresented populations in the biological sciences.

We are finalizing the Visa paperwork for our first Ethiopian female science exchange! We worked with Dr. Siobhan Brady, the College of Biological Sciences, the Department of Plant Biology and the UC Davis Genome center to write a successful grant to UC Davis Global Affairs. In total there is now $15,000 in additional funding for this portion of the project. We will post an update when our first exchange starts.

Thank you again for your support!
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Hello Everyone-

Happy holidays! We are so grateful for your support.

We have been busy making the following three projects a reality with this fund:

1) Sharon Gray Memorial Award- UC Davis
2) Sharon Gray Memorial Award- University of Illinois
3) Scientific exchange for female scientists between Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research and UC Davis

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Linda Lou
24 months ago
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Tom, I dont expect you to remember me. I met you long ago throuh your nephew Chris. I am heartbroken for you. Praying for your family, whom I love.

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Created October 6, 2016
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Kathy McGreevy
9 months ago
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I knew Sharon through my daughter Gretchen. They attended Antioch High School together and moved on to attend college at Urbana/Champaign, even becoming room mates. Sharon was always the ray of sunshine when she entered the room. Such a loving, caring and kind young woman. I am so grateful she touched my life. She is missed, and will not be forgotten.

JD
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José Dinneny
9 months ago
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This donation is made in recognition of Sharon Gray and to honor the tremendous work, mentorship and scientific contribution that Heike Lindner has made to the Dinneny lab. Heike is a mother, a scientist, a mentor and friend to whom we wish well as she enters the next phase of her life supporting women in science. Thank you! José

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Molly Hankins
11 months ago
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Thinking of Sharon as her birthday nears - sorry that I can't attend the 5k, but will be running 3 miles on Saturday in Michigan in her honor ♥

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Anonymous
11 months ago
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Ben Reda
11 months ago
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May God be with her

Linda Lou
24 months ago
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Tom, I dont expect you to remember me. I met you long ago throuh your nephew Chris. I am heartbroken for you. Praying for your family, whom I love.

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