A scholarship fund — to assist students at the University of California San Diego, and University of California Davis, who wish to study abroad — was established in 1996, in memory of Chris Borton (Warren College graduate, class of 1988).
While at UCSD, Chris spent a year at the University of Göttingen in Germany through the Study Abroad Program, an experience that profoundly influenced the direction of his life. Together with his childhood experiences of living in different cultures and later studies and travels abroad, it made him the world citizen he was. His family and friends feel that Chris would be happy to have this kind of opportunity available to other deserving students.
The amount available to students is determined by the size and earnings from donations to the endowment fund. The endowment is entirely funded by public donations, large and small. The criteria for selection were initially established by the board of directors of the fund in conjunction with UC San Diego, and identical criteria are used with all other eligible universities (UC Davis). The guiding principle is to further international understanding through exposure of students to foreign cultures, political and educational systems.
The fund is managed by its board of directors, currently consisting of Chris’ parents Ray and Verena Borton, Dolf and Joan Starreveld, Chris’ brother Benjamin (Ben) Borton, and Patrick McEvoy and Elaine Johnson.
To date the fund has been able to award scholarships for education abroad to 74 students, the vast majority of whom have gone abroad for a full academic year.