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Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund

Created, funded and directed by fellow USD alumni, the USD Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund was launched in 2006 to provide much-needed scholarships for USD students. Recipients of this scholarship are current USD students with financial need, strong academic merit and who give back to the USD and local community.

Over 90 percent of the gifts to this fund are annual gifts between $50 and $250. With the collective power of thousands of USD alumni, we have the ability to ensure future Toreros a USD experience.

Make a difference today. Give to the Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund,

Meet the 2014-15 Alumni Scholars:

Alina Calva ’15

Alina Calva is majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Environmental Studies. At USD, she is involved as the program director for Color Your World, a guide for Outdoor Adventures, a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society, a member of Student Support Services, and a member of Alpha Chi Omega. Her goal is to start an eco-tourism business that brings the benefits of tourism back to the local people.

She said, “I am so grateful to be chosen as an alumni scholar! It truly is a motivation to be recognized for my efforts and rewarded generously. I want to send a big thank you to the USD alumni who made this possible.

Austin Groen ’17

Austin Groen is majoring in International Business and International Relations.  He is the community service chair for the fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta. In addition, he is active in Beyond Borders, an immigration reform advocacy group that focuses on bringing students closer to the issues through immersion trips. Austin has helped lead and organize more than six immersion trips.

He said, “I would like to thank all the alumni whom have made this scholarship possible. Without this scholarship, it is likely that my family would not be able to afford to send me to USD next year. USD has become a home to me, and as an integrated member of the community I have no desire to leave early. Thank you for enabling me to continue my studies and pursuit of excellence at this prestigious and esteemed university.”

Kimberly Hin ’16
Kimberly Hin is majoring in International Business. Currently, she is an active member of Delta Sigma Pi, Student Support Services, USD Women's Lacrosse Club team and the United Front Multicultural Center. As a first-generation college student, she is spending an extra semester at USD. Her goals are to conduct business negotiations abroad and work in China and London, England. In addition, she hopes to attend graduate school and earn a master’s degree in Human Resources.

She said, “There are not enough words to sum up how truly grateful I feel. Thank you for honoring me as a recipient of the Alumni Endowed Scholarship. It is truly an honor to receive this award. As a first-generation college student, I am forever grateful for the educational opportunities I was provided with here. In May 2015, I will be the first in my family to have received a college degree. Again, I am truly grateful for all your support and encouragement. Thank you for everything that your scholarship will do for me as well as my family.”

Anne Keicher '08, MA '15

While working at USD’s Zero Waste initiative in the Office of Sustainability, Anne Keicher is also a graduate student in Higher Education Leadership.  Her future goals are to support the success of low-income college students.

She said, “Thank you for your generous contributions.  With your assistance, I am able to develop myself into a better leader for future college-bound students.  No matter where my profession takes me, I will strive to instill the giving spirit engrained in the culture at USD so your gift carries on throughout many generations.”

Aaron McCarthy ’16

Aaron McCarthy is an accounting major and hopes to pursue a career as a Certified Public Accountant. He is actively involved in the USD Honors Program, Leaders of Tomorrow, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Accounting Society and CASA’s Youth to College program. Aaron is also the co-founder of Young Dreamers United, a middle school program that enables students to pursue their dreams.

He said, “I am truly grateful for the support of the alumni. It means a lot to know that people are willing to support me in my endeavors to pursue a career in accounting.”

Raven Moniz ’17

Raven Kanani Onaona Moniz is from Kaneohe, Hawai`i. As a sophomore, she has not yet decided on a major, but is pursuing a minor in Leadership Studies. Her USD involvement includes Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Changemaker Student Committee, Ambassadors Club, Student Outreach and Recruitment, Residence Hall Association, and People of the Islands.

She said, “I would like to thank all of the alumni who made this scholarship possible. I am extremely grateful and look forward to joining the distinguished list of alumni after graduation. I will forever be a Torero! Mahalo!”
Bethany Morrow ’17

Bethany Morrow is majoring in Biochemistry. This past year, she participated in the Chemistry Club, a faith-sharing group and civil air patrol as well as interned at a local veterinarian clinic in Pacific Beach. This summer, Bethany will be a research assistant for Professor DeHahn in the Chemistry department. Her goal is to attend veterinary school.

She said, “I am deeply appreciative of your support, and am proud to be attending the University of San Diego. I plan to use my education to continue serving my community and making a difference in the lives of others.  Thanks to you, I am one step closer to that goal. The scholarship will allow me to concentrate more of my time on studying. This generous gift has inspired me to continue helping others and giving back to the community.  I hope one day I will be able to assist others in achieving their goals, just as you are assisting me.”

Tera Scott ’15 (MA) - Kansas City Torero Regional Rally 2014 Recipient

Tera Scott is a second year graduate student in the counseling program. She is a member of Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society at USD. In the future, she plans to be a school counselor and advocate for children and their families. Her goal is to create a youth and young adult program that will provide a safe place for children to receive educational tutoring and college preparation as well as participate in sports and community volunteerism. The program will offer classes to enhance their quality of life and mental stability. She wants to change lives through education and mentorship.

She said, "Thank you! I want to empower the youth to set goals and think outside of the limitations placed on them by society. I want to change lives through education and mentorship."  

Chloe Spears ’17

Chloe Spears is an International Business major with a Political Science minor. She is a sorority member and a student government senator. Her goal is to take a year after graduation to volunteer around America.

She said, "I thank you for believing in me and helping me continue my education. Your help means more than the world to me because it is the difference between me attending school and not. I cannot thank you enough for your help."

Brooke Thayer ’15

Brooke Thayer is a History major and Classical Studies minor with a special interest in Roman History and the Latin language. She has served as a Preceptorial Assistant and is a member of the Preceptorial Assistant Council. Her goal is to earn a master's degree in Higher Education and work with college students. 

She said, “I am so incredibly grateful to have been selected as a recipient of this scholarship. During my time at USD, I have had nothing but positive experiences and interactions with faculty, staff, students, and alumni. I am constantly impressed with the support that I have received from the university community. Without the generosity of alumni and donors, I would not be able to attend USD, receive a quality education, and look forward to a bright future. I hope that one day I, as an alumna, will be able to provide students with financial support.”

Megan Zanger '15 (MA)

Megan Zanger is starting her third year as a graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s program.  Over the past two years, Megan has also been a Resident Minister in the Alcala Vista Apartments and a Graduate Assistant for Campus Assault Resources and Education (C.A.R.E.).  She is excited to begin her counseling practicum placement at the Center for Community Solutions. Her career goal is to be a college student counselor.

She said, “I would like to thank the alumni donators who have given back to USD and made the Alumni Endowed Scholarship possible.  I look forward to being in a position to do the same after I graduate.  I am very grateful for this financial assistance  towards my studies to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.  Your generosity will aid me in my efforts to give back to my community as a mental health professional.”