Doctors donate to Stanford in name
of Silicon Valley businessman
By Jason Bennert, Bay City News Service
March 13, 2006
STANFORD (BCN) - Stanford University has established a
$10 million financial aid program for Latin American students
after receiving a donation from a group of 35 doctors in honor
of Silicon Valley businessman Alejandro Zaffaroni and his wife.
The Alejandro and Lidia Zaffaroni Scholarship and Fellowship
Program will provide financial aid to both undergraduate and graduate
students. The 35 doctors whose donations led to the program credit
Zaffaroni "with providing inspiration, mentorship and friendship
during the course of their careers,'' according to a statement
from the university. The program also received funds from the
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Stanford's Campaign for
"Over the past five decades, a generation of individuals
has been inspired by Alex Zaffaroni's values,'' former Stanford
University board of trustees Chairman Isaac Stein said. "Those
he has mentored have seen and felt his determination, and learned
from him that a team of dedicated, intelligent people with a clear
vision can accomplish amazing things. A group of those individuals
now have come together to establish this program, to help create
an enduring recognition of Alex's core values at Stanford University.''
Stein is a longtime business partner of Zaffaroni's.
Zaffaroni is a native of Uruguay. He first came to the United
States on a Fulbright scholarship to the University of Rochester,
where he earned a doctorate in biochemistry. He founded a number
of Silicon Valley biotechnology companies, including ALZA. In
1995, President Bill Clinton awarded Zaffaroni the National Medal
of Technology in recognition of his contributions to the pharmaceutical
and biotechnology industries.
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