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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 2013-14 Alumni Scholars:

Stephanie Collins ’14

Stephanie Collins is a senior majoring in business administration and French. She has served on the executive board for the Residence Hall Association and Student International Business Council (SIBC) since her freshman year. She looks forward to continuing her campus leadership next year as a resident assistant and vice president of SIBC. After graduation Stephanie would like to pursue a career in finance and earn a Master of Business Administration.

She said, “It is an honor to receive this scholarship. I am so grateful for the support and encouragement of fellow Toreros as I finish my academic career at USD. Thank you for your generosity!”

Taylor Fuentes ’15


Taylor Fuentes is double majoring in political science and ethnic studies. After graduation from USD, she plans to attend law school. She is interested in pursuing civil rights or environmental protection law.

She said, “Thank you very much to everyone who took the time to consider my application and who selected me for this award. My family is also very thankful that I was selected for this award.”


Jazmine Gregory J.D. ’14


Jazmine Gregory is a third year law student and hopes to pursue a career in education law. She helped create a new student organization, Advocates for Children and Education (ACE), which is aimed at advancing the academic needs of students from low income populations through volunteer projects. Additionally, she is a special education law clerk for an alumnus of the USD School of Law.

She said, “Thank you for honoring me as a recipient of the USD Alumni Association’s Alumni Endowed Scholarship. I am so appreciative to have been selected to receive this very generous gift, and assure you that I will continue to hold myself to the highest standards of academic accountability.”

Alexandra Herweck '13

Alexandra Herweck is a pre-med student majoring in marketing and minoring in biology and chemistry. She has been an active member in Alpha Phi, Phi Delta Epsilon, USD Medical Brigades, and the Student Alumni Association. She plans on attending medical school in Fall 2014 and hopes  to provide medical assistance to people in developing nations.

She said, “I am beyond grateful and I cannot explain how much this scholarship will help me out over the next semester. I am financially on my own in every aspect of my life and your generosity allows me to focus my attention on my education and my involvement at USD.  Thank you!”

Shelby Herzig ’14


Shelby Herzig is a senior majoring in English with an emphasis in creative writing. She currently serves as president of her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, and next fall she will be a co-instructor for the Emerging Leaders class in which she looks forward to sharing her experiences at USD with incoming freshmen. Shelby expects to graduate with honors from USD and eventually earn a doctorate to become a professor.

She said, “I would like to give my sincerest thanks to the USD Alumni Association for awarding me with this scholarship, and hope that alumni will continue to give back to the University and its students.”

Jennifer Jones M.A. ’08, Ph.D. ’15

Jennifer Jones is pursuing a doctorate degree in leadership studies at USD. She has been active in San Diego's nonprofit sector for more than a decade. She has worked with nonprofits with annual budgets ranging from $500K to more than $31M. Prior to joining the Caster Research Team, Ms. Jones worked at Vista Community Clinic. Her experience also includes work with nonprofits in the Dominican Republic and Peru. She speaks Spanish and has a background in Portuguese and Haitian Creole. She holds a master's degree in nonprofit leadership and management from USD and a bachelor’s degree in global economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

She said, “I am deeply grateful to the alumni of the University of San Diego for this scholarship award. After more than ten years as a practitioner in the nonprofit sector, I am delighted to embark upon an exciting new career trajectory as a researcher, scholar, and educator of future nonprofit leaders. I am entering into my third year as a Ph.D. student and one thing is clear: I am in the right place. Thank you for supporting my journey.”

Alexandra Kearns ’15

Alexandra Kearns will be a junior political science major, with an intended second major in Spanish. This coming fall she will be studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain to further study political science and the Spanish language and legal system. She is an active member of Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity. After USD she plans to attend law school and become a prosecutor or maritime attorney.

She said, “Thank you very much for the scholarship you have awarded me for the 2013-2014 school year. This scholarship will help me to continue my education at USD and take advantage of everything USD has to offer. I am very happy to have received this scholarship and your generosity is much appreciated.”

Grace Michel M.A. ’15

Grace Michel is pursuing a Master of Arts in Peace and Justice Studies at USD. She served for several years in Lima, Peru, with Paz y Esperanza (Peace and Hope), partnering with local leaders in marginalized urban neighborhoods to promote holistic community development. She also worked as an advocate for Latina survivors of sexual and domestic violence in Seattle. Grace volunteers with the Karen Organization of San Diego, a non-profit that supports Karen refugees from Burma.

She said, “I am so excited and grateful to receive this scholarship. It will be a tremendous help for me as I continue my studies. Thank you so much to the USD alumni who make this scholarship possible. It is a great gift to benefit from the generosity of people whom I have never even met, and another example of the power of USD community.”

Joshua Wheeler ’14

  Joshua Wheeler is a senior majoring in international relations. He is an intern at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice in summer 2013 and received the Highest Academic Achievement Award for the University of San Diego in 2012. He is interested in the practice of diplomacy and conflict resolution. 

He said, “Alumni support will make a difference in making my dreams come true. I have come to realize the heartfelt nature of alumni’s generosity. Thank you for your concern and dedication to USD.”