UCSD Alumni
Sandra Timmons ’81, and Richard Sandstrom ’72, MS '76, PhD '79

UCSD Alumni

Helping Others Help Themselves

When alumni Richard Sandstrom, cofounder of Cymer, Inc., and his wife, Sandra Timmons, attended UC San Diego, the cost of a university education was considerably less than it is today. To help ensure that future students achieve the same world-class education they received, the couple pledged $1.2 million to the campus for student support. The gift, made through their charitable Timmstrom Family Fund, will be split per the donors’ wishes to support graduate students at the Jacobs School of Engineering and assist undergraduates through the Chancellor’s Associates Scholars Program.

Timmons, who earned her undergraduate degree in psychology in 1981, went on to work as a television producer and writer, prior to dedicating herself full-time to community service. Sandstrom completed his entire university education in applied mathematics and engineering science at UC San Diego—receiving his undergraduate degree in 1972, master’s in 1976, and PhD in 1979. Cymer Inc., launched by Sandstrom and fellow alumnus Bob Akins, PhD ’83, develops light sources used by chipmakers worldwide to pattern advanced semiconductor chips.

Research Funding

Sandstrom and Timmons designated $700,000 of their gift to establish the Sandstrom Graduate Fellowship in Engineering, an endowed fund to provide support for graduate students at the Jacobs School of Engineering in perpetuity. The $500,000 used to establish the Timmstrom Scholars endowed fund will augment the Chancellor’s Associates Scholars Program by supporting undergraduate scholarships.

The Chancellor’s Associates Scholars Program (CASP) was established in 2013 by Chancellor Pradeep Khosla to recognize and support local high-achieving, talented students admitted to UC San Diego who are California residents with demonstrated financial need and family incomes of $80,000 or less.

More than a scholarship, the program is committed to support and develop these exceptional scholars by providing a wide range of services and opportunities to help them engage and thrive in academics, student life, and university experiences through graduation.

CASP covers the cost of education, including housing and textbooks, making it possible for families and students to avoid borrowing. Scholarships are renewed each year if the student remains in good academic standing and participates in CASP programs and activities.