Celebrations start for the 40th Anniversary!
On Sept. 20, the University of Guam Endowment Foundation unveiled its newly painted mural titled “The Road to Prosperity,” painted by UOG alumnus Lee H. San Nicolas. The mural will help usher in the foundation’s 40th anniversary celebration, which will take place in April.
Inspired by the UOG Endowment Foundation’s logo, the mural is comprised of a conch shell and puti tai nobio flowers.
“In the distant past, conch shells were used as an instrument to call members of an island community together,” said Katrina Perez, executive director of the foundation. “The puti tai nobio … is bountiful, easily propagated, hardy, and represents island beauty and resilience.”
|“Perhaps the most personal and directly beneficial form of giving the foundation facilitates is through the establishment of scholarships.”- Katrina Perez, Executive Director, UOG Endowment Foundation
The mural also features surrounding shells, representing the neighboring islands that are impacted by the University of Guam and a blue background, representing the sea and sky that connect all humanity.
San Nicolas graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s in liberal arts. He has been painting street murals and canvas paintings for 10 years and is the artist behind many notable murals around the island, including the “Marianas Trench” in front of the Guam Legislature, “Chamorrita Girl” on the Tamuning Business Center, and the 3D painting titled “Ayuyu” (coconut crab) in Anigua.
The UOG Endowment Foundation assists the philanthropic intentions of donors in support of the university and its students.
“Perhaps the most personal and directly beneficial form of giving the foundation facilitates is through the establishment of scholarships,” Perez said.
This year, the foundation will be awarding students with several scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000. Each was established by a community donor.
“Our 40th anniversary theme is ‘Transform a Triton, Transform the World,’” Perez said. “We truly believe that, and we encourage any individual, organization, or business that is interested in creating or donating to an existing scholarship to reach out to us and become part of a transformation.”