Mark and Pam Rubin Mission Scholarship Fund


SOM Gifts Endow Schol Dept D02008


Graduate Student Support

Over the past 30 years, Mark and Pam Rubin have made generous and frequent contributions to UC Riverside of both time and charitable gifts. Since 1998, their philanthropic support for UCR has led the way for many innovative new programs and projects. Through their generosity, the Rubins helped to grow the California Museum of Photography and establish the UCR Alumni & Visitors Center and the engineering college's Center for Environmental Research & Technology, or CE-CERT.

Their visionary support for the UCR School of Medicine began in the 1990s with the creation of an endowed fellowship and eventually an endowed professorship for the dean. The Rubins helped to lead a 10-year, multi-donor, community effort to establish the Maimonides endowed chair in Jewish Studies. Mark Rubin was elected as a member of UCR’s Board Trustees in 2017, a position he held until his passing. Pam and Mark played major roles in garnering campus and community support
needed to form the UCR School of Medicine.

Born in 1937 in the town of Sabinov in then-Czechoslovakia, Mark Rubin’s youth was marred by World War II and the Holocaust. When he was 7 years old, he and his family endured a brutal four-day train journey to the Terezin Concentration Camp on the outskirts of Prague. More than 150,000 Jews were held at this camp for months or years before being sent to their deaths at the Treblinka and Auschwitz extermination camps. Mark and his older brother were two of only 102 children who survived.

After liberation by Russian forces in 1945, political instability and continued antiSemitism in Czechoslovakia led the family to emigrate to the United States in 1948, where they settled in New York City. In 1953, at the age of 16, Mark moved with his family to California, where he got a job as a laborer on a construction site. From that humble start, and through hard work and tenacity, he built a career in real estate and property development that culminated in the establishment of his Beverly Hills company, Regional Properties, Inc. Mark and Pam have three children, Caren, Brian, and Michelle; and four grandchildren.

Mark and Pam’s connection to Riverside began in the 1960s, when they began developing agricultural land into residences, offices, and shopping centers. That connection was strengthened over the years by an impressively long list of community service projects and philanthropic gestures. The Rubin’s last real estate development project, The Mark in downtown Riverside, is slated to open in 2022.

Beginning in 2010, the Rubins served concurrently as chairs of Riverside university support organizations, with Mark serving as chair of La Sierra University Foundation board and Pam serving as chair of the UC Riverside Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Pam also served as the chair of the School of Medicine’s Advisory Board.

Mark Rubin also served on Riverside's Downtown Partnership board, the Mission Inn Foundation board, and has supported the Riverside County Philharmonic. Beyond Riverside, he was a Board of Governors member at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, a trustee at American Jewish University in Bel-Air, and a trustee at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Both Mark and Pam served as regents at Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles.

The Rubins were recipients of the 2014 UCR Medallion, presented in recognition of "extraordinary service, dedication and generosity to education at all levels and for enduring support of UC Riverside and the community." During a 2014 video interview about this honor, the couple said they were inspired to give back to a community that has given them so much.

Mark Rubin, a Riverside-area property developer, Holocaust survivor, and ardent supporter of education and healthcare in the Inland Empire, died Saturday, February 13, 2021, at 84 years of age.

Fund Purpose: This Fund shall be used to provide Mission Award scholarship assistance to a student(s) in the School of Medicine.

Mission Award Scholarships provide an additional incentive for students who receive their medical degree from UCR to remain and practice medicine in Inland Southern California.

In return for accepting a Mission Award, the awardee agrees to practice in San Bernardino, Riverside, or Imperial Counties for a period of service (five years) upon completion of their residency. Awardees must practice medicine in one of the following short-supply specialties: Pediatrics,
Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, General Internal Medicine, OB/GYN, General Surgery or Psychiatry. Failure to meet these requirements will automatically result in the conversion of awarded
funds into a loan that must be repaid by the awardee.

Criteria and Selection Process

The School of Medicine Scholarship Committee will select medical student(s) who meet the above criteria as funds become available.

In years when there is no candidate who meets the criteria, awards will be held until the following year.