Dr Henry T. Nicholas, III
Henry Nicholas, co-founder of Broadcom Corporation, established the Henry T. Nicholas, III Foundation in 2006, expanding the scope of his earlier philanthropic commitments to improve the quality of life through investments in education, youth sports, medicine, technology, victim's rights and national defense.
Over the years, Dr. Nicholas has made significant commitments in each of these areas. He has been a major donor to the engineering and computer science programs at the University of California, Irvine, establishing the Nicholas Prize, which is administered by UCI's California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Cal-IT²) and recognizes innovative collaborative research. Dr. Nicholas is a former Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Irvine. He is an ambassador of The UCI Foundation and created the Henry T. Nicholas, III Crew Endowment for the UCI Intercollegiate Athletics Department. Dr. Nicholas also supports the UCI Center for Pervasive Communications and Computing.
In 2004, Dr. Nicholas announced a $10-million gift to St. Margaret's Episcopal School in Orange County dedicated in part to developing innovative educational technology initiatives that can be replicated in underserved public schools. The Nicholas Foundation also supports the Tartan Scholars program, which enables disadvantaged students to attend the school, and it has given extensively to support St. Margaret's athletic programs.
In 2007, Dr. Nicholas formed the Nicholas Education Foundation, dedicated to improving K-12th grade learning. In January 2008 the Foundation established the first Nicholas Academic Center in downtown Santa Ana, with an annual grant of $500,000 and operated by retired Superior Court Judge Jack Mandel. A year later, the Foundation established a second facility, Nicholas Academic Center II, on the campus of Valley High School in Santa Ana, also supported by a $500,000 annual gift. Today the two centers together work with hundreds of students on a daily basis, providing tutoring and counseling services and transportation home in the evenings.
Through the Nicholas Foundation, Dr. Nicholas also has supported the Oakland Military Institute, victims' rights organizations, scholarships for inner-city youth with The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, home ownership programs with Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, and programs to support the U.S. Armed Forces.
Dr. Nicholas is a recipient of the Ronald Reagan Award for Pioneering Achievement in Victim's Rights and has received awards from several organizations including Crime Victims United, the Orange County District Attorney's office and the Los Angeles Sheriff Department. He as been the recipient of the Orange County Titan Award, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for Electronics, was named as one of the Top 20 Entrepreneurs by Red Herring magazine and one of the World's Top 50 Cyber Elite by Time Digital magazine. Dr. Nicholas attended the United States Air Force Academy and earned BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from UCLA.