Elliott Family

Joan and Tom Elliott are native Los Angelenos who decided to give San Diego a try for college. Because they’d long been fans of the University of California system, both applied to UC San Diego. They met as undergrads, stayed and raised a family in San Diego, and have remained proud believers in the University of California ever since — one of the reasons they enjoy maintaining their Chancellor’s Associates connection to campus and seeing the early fruits of their philanthropic investments.

Like Tom, many graduates of UC San Diego go to work at Qualcomm, and with the company’s culture of community, it’s not uncommon to find UC San Diego alumni returning to campus, looking for or creating opportunities to give back. Recently retired Tom Elliott ’84 is like that: He’s finding his niche. Having most recently served on the selection committee for Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards – which was, he joked, like doing a research paper over winter break – he’s now thinking of helping in the physical sciences.

Joan Elliott ’82, a community college teacher, who retired to raise daughter Taryn and son Sean, helped out at her children’s schools and has long volunteered for the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus. When Taryn and Sean entered college, Joan stayed connected to their education by contributing to Chancellor’s Associates at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz. And, of course, to UC San Diego, where the Elliotts’ gifts enhance the education of other young people.

“We’re really pleased that Chancellor’s Associates funds support undergraduates,” Joan says. “It was such a great experience meeting some of the scholars from the first class of students to receive the Chancellor’s Associates Scholarship!” Joan and Tom understand what a UC San Diego degree makes possible.