Grace Cun ’10 is pursuing her dreams thanks to philanthropy.
Cun loves the smell of a dairy — really — and she loves the science behind that smell.
“I’m interested in research that leads to the best quality feed for dairy cattle,” said the recent UC Davis alumna. “I want to know how we can keep the animals healthy and produce the best quality product for consumers at the best possible price.”
Cun’s love of dairies began in high school when she joined the National FFA Organization, which provides opportunities and support for youth interested in careers in agriculture, and volunteered at local dairies in her hometown of Hemet, Calif. After graduating from high school, she set out for UC Davis.
“UC Davis has one of the best veterinary and animal science programs in the country,” said Cun, who wants to be a ruminant nutritionist or an agricultural educator. “I knew if I wanted to achieve my dreams I would need to go to UC Davis.”
However, as the first in her family to attend a four-year college, Cun had to convince her parents she could cover the costs of college. And she did. Through a combination of scholarships, grants, work-study and loans, Cun financed four years of college and graduated with a degree in animal science and management.
One gift that helped Cun was the Ian Garnett Memorial Award, a scholarship from the Department of Animal Science, which goes to an outstanding student interested in agricultural enterprise management.
“They say money isn’t everything, but money is something,” said Cun, whose parents own a Chinese restaurant in Hemet. “I couldn’t have attended college without financial help.”