Changing Lives With the Gift of Education
Matthew Jenkins is busy with his third career. The first was the thriving veterinary practice he sold in the late 1970s. The second was the real estate and property management company he and his wife, Roberta, founded afterward. But for the past three decades, Matthew has focused on a different passion: university philanthropy.
He credits his success to an upbringing that emphasized hard work, discipline, and setting goals.
"That's who we are; we help other people," Matthew says. "We give, we share. It's part of our heritage."
Matthew and Roberta have proudly served as Claremont Graduate University supporters for nearly 30 years. In 1984, they established the Matthew and Roberta Jenkins Family Fellowship, which provides scholarships for African American students attending CGU and other universities.
Encouraged by then-CGU President John D. Maguire, a civil rights activist and former colleague of Martin Luther King, Jr., Matthew went on to serve on CGU's board of trustees from 1989 to 2006, and is now an Emeriti Trustee. Roberta served on the School of Educational Studies' (SES) board of advisors.
The couple also helped launch the Claremont Long Beach Math Collaborative, a partnership with other institutions that provides math education for underserved African American high school students. In addition, they were the largest contributors to the Black Scholars Award, founded last year by SES doctoral student Calista Kelly.
For Matthew, supporting CGU and education is simply the right thing to do.
"I think you increase the value of your own life when you share with others," he says.
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