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Therese Whitcomb '53 Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is named in honor of the first graduate from the College for Women, Therese Truitt Whitcomb '53. Alumni continually express their gratitude to the University for the excellent academic, spiritual, physical and emotional development that USD provided. Many of the alumni recognize that if financial assistance was not available they would not have been able to attend USD. For this reason, USD alumni created this scholarship so that future students will have the opportunity to attend USD. The scholarship rewards students who have demonstrated exceptional service to the University and community.

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Meet the 2013-2014 Whitcomb Scholars:

 Lucy Hill '15  

Lucy Hill is a junior majoring in architecture, as well as theology and religious studies. She works on campus, volunteers at Project Mexico and St. Innocent Orphanage, and is also involved in the USD music department.  Lucy plans to earn her master's degree in architecture and build sustainable, low-income housing.

She said, “I am so fortunate to attend the University of San Diego and I am beyond appreciative for the alumni who have made this scholarship possible. You have helped me continue my studies where I have found my passion and my home, and I will strive to pass forward this generosity.”

Connor Lind ’14


Connor Lind is a senior in mechanical engineering with a passion for international development. During the summer, he worked with Bridges to Prosperity to build bridges in Haiti, and two years ago he taught English to Buddhist nuns in the Indian Himalayas. He is a winner of the 2013 USD Social Innovation Challenge, founder and president of USD Engineers Without Borders, a member of the Alcala Club, and a third-year resident assistant.

He said, “I am deeply grateful to the donors of this generous scholarship. With the added support to continue my studies at USD, they have granted me the opportunity to explore the many wonderful possibilities for service and intellectual development available at this university. I hope to one day have the means to give back to USD and support future students.”

Ailsa Tirado '15

Ailsa Tirado is a junior majoring in industrial and systems engineering. As a Torero, she has participated in Second Year Experience Abroad in Hong Kong. She is part of Students for Life and the Honors Program. In 2013, she was named a Changemaker Summer Fellow. For the past two years, she has been putting her passions for higher education, science, and empowerment to work in CASA's "Youth to College" program where she tutors fifth graders in math and reading at a Linda Vista elementary school. Once she graduates, she wants to work as a consultant and use her experience to make the world a more humane place in the high tech or manufacturing sector.

She said, “From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank the alumni community for granting me this scholarship. Not only do you reduce my financial burden, but you motivate me to keep pursuing my passion for making the world around me a better place. Thank you and may God bless your generosity!”