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Portrait of Honoring a Legacy

In memory of his late wife, professor emeritus Melvin Green is helping students fulfill their dreams.

Melvin Green, professor emeritus of genetics, established an undergraduate biology scholarship in memory of his late wife, Kathleen, thereby honoring her career as a biologist, her commitment to education and, indirectly, her unrealized career goals.

“My wife believed very strongly in the power of education,” said Green, who came to UC Davis in 1950 and taught general genetics, cytogenetics and human genetics for more than 30 years. “It is my desire to make a substantial difference in the lives of individuals who have limited financial resources and are demonstrating outstanding academic achievement.”

The Kathleen C. Green Scholarship in Biology is awarded annually to two or more female students in their junior or senior years in the College of Biological Sciences. Scholarship recipients are selected based on a combination of outstanding scholastic achievement and financial need.

Manjot “Kimi” Grewal ’11, a neurobiology, physiology and behavior major, and Candace Markley ’10, a double major in psychology and neurobiology, physiology and behavior, were the first two recipients of this award.

Grewal said the scholarship is not only making it financially possible for her to attend college, but it has also been a source of inspiration.

“I had the opportunity to meet Mel Green and during our conversation he told me about his wife, Kathleen, and he asked me what I wanted to do for a living. I told him that I wanted to be a doctor. He said Kathleen had wanted to be a doctor, but was never able to,” Grewal said.

“When I heard that, it motivated me that much more because it is in her memory that I’m getting this scholarship to help me achieve my career goals and in some way I feel like I’m pursuing this dream for her too.”