Sharon Gray Memorial Scholarship

$115,195 of $200k goal

Raised by 879 people in 6 months
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Robert John Markelz  CHICAGO, IL
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 three 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
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Update 7
Posted by Robert John Markelz
4 days ago
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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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Update 6
Posted by Robert John Markelz
4 months ago
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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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Update 5
Posted by Robert John Markelz
6 months ago
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This weekend we reached the halfway point! Thank you everyone who contributed, shared, liked, tweeted or just generally honored Sharon these past two weeks.

In order to meet our goal please continue sharing with friends, family, and colleagues.

We are now in discussion with UC Davis for an endowment scholarship/fellowship in Sharon's name. More details later this week. We will also have an update from our University of Illinois friends and colleagues.
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Update 4
Posted by Cody Markelz
6 months ago
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Hello Everyone.

We had such a beautiful memorial for Sharon on Friday in Moraine Hills State Park, IL. The day was perfect. Fall colors, sunset, healthy breeze, music, poems, reflections and many great people.

Thank you again for all the support.
Sharon Memorial Service- Photo JS Clark
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Linda Lou
6 months ago

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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$115,195 of $200k goal

Raised by 879 people in 6 months
Created October 6, 2016
RM
Robert John Markelz  
JH
$25
Jessica Hosang
2 days ago
$20
Amber Kerr
2 days ago

This weekend's events were inspiring indeed - both comforting and saddening, because it is a poignant reminder of how much the world needs people like Sharon.

ED
$25
Emily Delaney
3 days ago
$25
Anonymous
3 days ago
SA
$18
Sande & Bob Arundale
3 days ago
DQ
$150
David Quinlivan
4 days ago
$100
Anonymous
4 days ago
CN
$100
Chad Niederhuth
4 days ago
LB
$50
Lisa Buehler
4 days ago
$25
Anonymous
8 days ago
Linda Lou
6 months ago

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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