Kick Start Tomorrow

From the day John Ocampo ’79 first chanced upon Santa Clara University, to the engineering scholarship he received from SCU, to his steady rise in the field of radio frequency and microwave technologies, the tech CEO has proved that a little luck and a lot of hard work can pave a path to success. Having come full circle, Ocampo wants to thank his alma mater, the place he says kick-started his future, with a gift. Together with Susan Ocampo, his wife and lifelong business partner, the couple is donating $25 million to enhance STEM education at SCU’s new Sobrato Campus for Innovation and Discovery. Not only do the benefactors believe their gift will amplify SCU’s undergraduate STEM education, but the couple—both born in the Philippines—hope the donation also will serve to attract and retain more diverse professors and students. “Technology is the great equalizer,” says Ocampo. “It doesn’t care what your background is, or the color of your skin. It can provide a level playing field, and help SCU achieve its goals to be a more inclusive and diverse institution.”

post-image John Ocampo stands among flowers in the walkway to his home. / Image by John Deportee
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