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Palm Desert Scholarships Funded

Union Bank of California Presents Scholarships to First UCR Palm Desert campus Students

(September 28, 2005)

PALM DESERT, Calif. —— Union Bank of California presented a $7,000 scholarship check to UC Riverside’s Palm Desert campus inaugural class Monday afternoon, Sept. 26.

The scholarships have been designated to benefit students in each of the academic programs offered by UCR Palm Desert, the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts (MFA).

“We at Union Bank are extremely pleased to continue our partnership with UC Riverside in creating educational opportunities that will benefit our workforce as we expand our economy.” said Paul Magana, senior vice president and regional manager for Union Bank of California. “We are investing in the future of the Inland Empire and as business owners we must accept the responsibility in creating new jobs and personal growth opportunities.”

Magana presented the check to Ken Walters, executive director of UCR Palm Desert and Professor Eric Barr, of the Department of Theatre.

“Union Bank’s commitment to the educational community is outstanding and we are grateful that students in each of our programs will be able to take advantage of their generosity,” Walters said. “We are excited to partner with Union Bank to further education and provide financial access to our graduate students.”

The presentation was part of the UCR Palm Desert campus Orientation Week.



The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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