UCF College of Sciences

Donor Stories

Learn how others have made an impact through their acts of giving to our organization and others.

Dr. Duane De Freese

Dr. De Freese supports sea turtle research and conservation. Dr. De Freese currently serves as the Executive Director of the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program. Watch a video explaining his gift below.

Dr. Paul Somerville 

Dr. Paul Somerville supported the UCF Statistics Department. College of Sciences Development Director Ray Allen helped him set up the Dr. Paul Somerville Endowed Chair in the statistics department. Dr. Somerville was one of the founding members of the statistics department and was excited to play such an essential role in the department’s future.


Clay Newbill 

Clay Newbill supports students who study radio and television production at the UCF Nicholson School of Communication. Newbill is a pioneer and innovator of reality television beginning as a member of “The Real World” producing team. Since then, he has executive produced such popular programs as “The Bachelor” and most recently, “Shark Tank.” He created the Hollywood Internship Program for UCF students, which hires interns for Newbill’s company and subsidizes the cost of their internship in Los Angeles.


For more information or to establish an endowed fund, please contact:

Ray Allen

Director of Development