Our Youngest Donors

On Friday, Dec. 21, Dean Thomas L. Koch welcomed Joaquin and Andrew Martinez and their parents, Claudia and Elias, to the Meinel Building for a very special occasion: The young brothers, who chose to give from their own savings accounts to support students in optical engineering, came to present their contributions to Eustace L. Dereniak, eponym of the Eustace L. Dereniak Family and Friends Endowed Scholarship in Optical Sciences.

These gifts make the Martinez boys the youngest donors on record for the college. According to Claudia and Elias, their sons' donations reflect the family's commitment to their community and their appreciation for higher education. Both Claudia and Elias, who received a bachelor's degree from the college in 2006 and is currently seeking a doctorate, have also supported the Dereniak scholarship.