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Pepperdine School of Public Policy Receives $1 Million Endowment Gift to Establish the Joseph and Farima Czyzyk D.C. Scholars Program

Oct. 31, 2022

MALIBU, Calif. — The Pepperdine School of Public Policy (SPP) has announced a $1 million endowment gift from SPP board of advisors chairman Joseph Czyzyk and his wife, Farima. This endowment will support the school’s highly regarded summer program in Washington, D.C., which will be renamed the Joseph and Farima Czyzyk D.C. Scholars Program

Joseph A. Czyzyk, as chairman & CEO of Mercury Air Group, Inc., is credited with transforming the 66-year-old company into a global aviation leader in the aviation and U.S. government service sectors. He is chair of the Board of Advisors of the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy as well as a Pepperdine University Board member. He is the former chair of the U.S. VETS and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as the former president of City and State Commissions. In addition, Czyzyk is a decorated U.S. veteran, having served with the U.S. Navy Seabees (1966–1969) in the United States and the Republic of Vietnam. Czyzyk and his wife, Farima, are the parents of four adult children and have two grandchildren.

Offered at Pepperdine’s Washington, D.C. campus each summer, the Czyzyk D.C. Scholars Program explores topics typically untouched by many Washington, D.C.-based policy studies programs, including the role of faith in shaping domestic and foreign policy, as well as the foundational philosophies of education policy. With this endowment gift, prospective students serving in full-time and internship positions in the Washington-area will receive full scholarships for these accredited three-unit graduate classes.

Czyzyk notes, “For more than a decade, I have seen firsthand the good work of the faculty and administration involved in Pepperdine’s public policy program, and more importantly, I’ve had a chance to meet the outstanding graduates from this program and have witnessed their accomplishments.” He added, “These interactions and my determination that Pepperdine’s public policy education be available in Washington, D.C., made establishing the Czyzyk D.C. Scholars Program an easy decision, especially as we celebrate the school’s 25th anniversary.”

The gift marks another step in the School of Public Policy’s plans to expand the program in Washington, D.C. As Pete Peterson, dean of the school, remarked, “Though based on one of America’s most beautiful campuses here in Malibu, Washington is home to our second-largest alumni chapter with many alumni serving in pivotal positions. It plays a major part in accomplishing our vision to grow the impact of our unique graduate program throughout the country.” Peterson concluded, “Joe has been a remarkable and visionary leader of our board for years, and I’m both grateful for and excited about the role this gift will play in growing our presence in the nation’s capital, preparing our next generation of policy leaders.”