New Gifts to be Announced at Arizona Assurance Celebration

May 13, 2019

Media Advisory: New Gifts to be Announced at Arizona Assurance Celebration

  • What: A celebration of Arizona Assurance and Edie Auslander
  • When: Tuesday, May 14, 3-5 p.m. (Remarks at 3:30 p.m.)
  • Where: UA Student Union Memorial Center, North Ballroom, 1303 E. University Blvd.

TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of Arizona Foundation is hosting a celebration of the Arizona Assurance program and Edie Auslander, who headed fundraising for AZA from the program's inception in 2008 until her retirement at the end of 2018.

AZA provides significant financial support, as well as retention and support services such as mentoring, to Arizona students who have the ability to succeed at the UA but lack the financial means.

Auslander is well-known as a champion of higher education across the state. She became an assistant professor of journalism at the UA after working in the field. She later worked in UA administration and served as president of the Arizona Board of Regents. She has been included three times on Hispanic Business magazine's list of the 100 most influential U.S. Hispanics.

Two gifts for the comprehensive student success program will be announced at the event.

The first gift, from the Marshall Foundation, is a $500,000 gift commitment for AZA, with half going toward the creation of a new Arizona Assurance scholarship in Auslander's name. The second gift is $185,000 from UA Foundation board member Linda Robin and her husband, Kenneth Robin, also made in Auslander's honor.

Members of the media are invited to attend. Registration for guests is closed.

More information can be found at

Media contact:
Liz Warren-Pederson
UA Foundation
The University of Arizona, the state's super land-grant university with two medical schools, is one of the nation's top 50 public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report. Established in 1885, the UA is widely recognized as a student-centric university and is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education. The UA ranked in the top 25 in 2018 in research expenditures among all public universities, according to the National Science Foundation, and is a leading R1 institution with $687 million in research expenditures. The UA advances the frontiers of interdisciplinary scholarship and entrepreneurial partnerships as a member of the Association of American Universities, the 62 leading public and private research universities. It benefits the state with an estimated economic impact of $4.1 billion annually.