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Senior Class Legacy Program

The Senior Class Legacy scholarship program began in 1989 with three seniors who had the vision to leave a legacy for future Toreros. Sam Attisha '89, David Reiling '89 and Kerry O'Heany Reiling '89 created this scholarship program, by students for students, to ensure that the USD experience would be available for future students. The original vision of the scholarship, and part of the current criteria, is that it would be given to students who have financial need and are making a lasting impact on the University.

Meet the 2013-2014 Senior Class Legacy Scholars

Alison Agre '16
Class of 2012 Scholarship

Allison Agre is proud to be a student at the University of San Diego. After growing up in Minnesota, she feels happy and lucky to have had the opportunity to attend school in San Diego. She is majoring in communication studies and minoring in peace and justice studies. After graduating, she is interested in pursuing work in the Peace Corps or Teach for America.

She said, “Thank you so much for this scholarship. It means so much that you chose me as a recipient and I will not let you down. This money will help me a lot and I could not be more grateful.”

Michael Burrafato '16
Class of 2012 Scholarship



Michael Burrafato is a sophomore with a double major in international business and Spanish. This coming year, he will be president of the Rotaract Club and will chair the Honors Student Board and Changemaker Student Committee. After his undergraduate studies, he plans to pursue a Juris Doctorate in international law and a Master of Business Administration in international business. He is also an aspiring entrepreneur and has established his own global brand development company, MJB Internationale.

He said, “I am incredibly grateful for the endowment of this scholarship. The generosity of the Alumni Association is an investment in my future endeavors that will help my determination and imagination transcend the depths of a pocketbook to thrive for the future.”

Alina Calva '15
Class of 2011 Scholarship



Alina Calva is a junior at the University of San Diego studying Business Administration and Environmental Studies. 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. After USD, she aims to start a business centered around ecotourism that changes the way we travel.

She said, “I am so grateful to be chosen as the USD Alumni Association’s Class of 2011 Scholarship! It truly is a motivation to be recognized for my efforts and rewarded generously. I want to send a big thank you to the alumni of the University of San Diego that made this possible.” 

Sophia Carrillo '13
Class of 2009 Scholarship


Sophia Carrillo graduated in May 2013. A passionate double major in political science and sociology, Sophia volunteered with juvenile detention facilities and legal access centers and was recognized by the Imperial County Bar Association. She served as the youngest member of Our Greater San Diego Vision and was a co-founder of the University of San Diego Women in Public Policy and Politics Initiative. Along with contributing to several advocacy groups, she has interned with the Trans-Border Institute, the Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs, the Superior Court of California's Access Center, and the Executive Office of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Sophia is also a Fulbright scholar. On campus, Sophia was involved in Associated Students, the Model United Nations (president), Young Democrats, and the Women's Center. In the near future, Sophia will pursue a Juris Doctorate and a master’s degree in public policy at Duke Law.

She said, “I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to the committee and the class of 2009. My time at USD has been phenomenal because of our outstanding, supportive campus and alumni community. I truly appreciate your support and anticipate paying this forward in the near future. Go Toreros!”

Jessica Chang '13
Class of 2009 Scholarship



Jessica Chang received her bachelor’s degree in business administration and minor in communication studies in May 2013. She was involved in the United Front Multicultural Center, serving as the Center's outreach coordinator intern. She also reactivated Asian Students Association as well as co-founded USD's first and only multicultural sorority, Sigma Theta Psi. She participated in the Preceptorial Assistant program for three years and served on the PA Council her last two years in the program. She will be featured in the 2014 "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges.” After graduation, she will be working for Coca-Cola Co. as their Regional Sales Leadership Associate in San Diego.

She said, “I am so honored to be able to say that I had the support of the university to create such amazing programs for students after me…receiving this scholarship has really made my experience at USD come full circle. The campus community at USD has given me so much support and opportunity to become the successful individual I am today. I look forward to giving back as an alumna!”

Benjamin Compton '14
Class of 2010 Scholarship



Benjamin Compton is a communication studies major with a philosophy minor. He plans to continue his studies and pursue a doctorate degree so he can become a university professor. He spends his time on campus volunteering with Transfer Student Organization, Rainbow Educators, PRIDE, the Women’s Center, Ambassador’s Club, and OLÉ Orientation.

He said, “Thank you for honoring me with the Alumni Association’s Class of 2010 Scholarship. It means a lot to me as a young scholar knowing that I am learning in a community that simply wants me to succeed…being recognized is a great honor. Thank you for your recognition, support, and example.”

Alexis Dawson '15
Class of 2011 Scholarship 



Alexis Dawson is currently a student employee at the Center for Health and Wellness Promotion. She is involved with Kappa Delta Sorority and Phi Delta Epsilon medical fraternity on campus. A behavioral neuroscience major with a minor in chemistry, she hopes to attend medical school after her four years at the University of San Diego. Her ultimate goal is to become a psychiatrist.

She said, “Attending the University of San Diego would not be possible for me if it weren't for the generosity of the alumni and other various scholarship and grant awards. I can personally say that the support of the alumni has made a very positive impact on my experience and finances here at USD. I am very appreciative of all that the alumni do for students.”

Colby Edson '15
Class of 2011 Scholarship 



Colby Edson is currently a junior majoring in finance, with minors in political science and communication studies. He hopes to take what he has learned into the business world, and then eventually attend law school with an emphasis in business litigation. Outside of the classroom, he serves as the communication chair on the executive board for Associated Students, as an executive board member for Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, and as a member of the Alcalá Club.

He said, “I am truly honored to have received this scholarship and thank every alumnus who helped contribute to this scholarship fund; if it were not for all of your generosity, I would not be able to attend such a wonderful university.” 

Cassandra Galentine '13
Class of 2009 Scholarship

  Cassandra Galentine graduated in May 2013 with a Bachlor of Arts in English with minors in marine science and biology. This summer she will be continuing her research with USD's Energy Policy Initiatives Center on their NSF-funded Climate Education project. Later, she will move to Flagstaff, Arizona to work as the professional development intern for the American Conservation Experience, an AmeriCorps position. While in Arizona, she will apply for graduate programs to pursue a doctoral degree in English.

She said, “I cannot express my gratitude enough for awarding me the Class of 2009 Scholarship. The funds will help greatly with the costs of applying to graduate school as well as the expenses of living in Flagstaff…none of this would have been possible without the Alumni Association and the generosity of the donors who enabled me to attend USD in the first place. For this and for the Class of 2009 Scholarship, I will be forever grateful.”

Alexander Hermann '14
Class of 2010 Scholarship

  Alex Hermann is a senior at the University of San Diego majoring in communication studies and minoring in leadership studies. His involvement spans across many aspects of campus life including University Ministry, Greek Life, and Associated Students. Alex is especially excited to serve the USD community as Associated Students President for the 2013-2014 school year. After graduation, Alex plans to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.

He said, “It is truly gratifying to be recognized by our alumni as leaving a lasting impact on the USD community, and it has kept my passion to be a student leader at an all-time high. I feel blessed to be studying in an environment where my passion for learning, innovation, and leadership are appreciated. Thank you for your generosity.”

Sarah Jorgensen '13
Class of 2009 Scholarship



Sarah Jorgensen graduated cum laude with her Bachelor of Arts in English in May 2013. She was highly involved during her time at USD and was selected for prestigious honors including Phi Beta Kappa and the Alcala 100, but is most proud of her work with student media outlets on campus (USD Radio and The Vista) and for her efforts to fundraise for USD through her work as a student manager at the USD Telefunding Center and as a committee member on the Class of 2013's Senior Class Legacy. Sarah will attend Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, where she will pursue her Master of Science in journalism with an emphasis in broadcast and digital media starting in August 2013.

She said, “I am deeply grateful for this scholarship and would like to thank the Class of 2009 alumni that made it possible for me to take this next step toward achieving my dream of working as a journalist. Senior Class Legacy has truly inspired me to continue to be involved with USD after graduation - I hope I can make a difference for a student like me as an alumna!"

Alison Mackey '13
Class of 2009 Scholarship



Alison Mackey graduated in May 2013 with a degree in biology and a minor in business management. She has been involved on campus as a member of USD Medical Brigades and traveled to Honduras last summer on a medical relief trip.  As the fall 2012 Torero Days Chair, she planned orientation and organized the welcome of the incoming freshman class. Alison volunteered at Scripps Mercy hospital for over two years, and in the fall, she will be attending UCLA's master’s degree program in nursing science. Her goal is to become a pediatric nurse practitioner.

She said, “Thank you so much for your generosity.  This scholarship brings me one step closer to achieving my dreams and I truly appreciate your support.” 


Pilar Malim '13
Class of 2009 Scholarship



Pilar Malim transferred to USD from Sierra College in Fall 2010. She majored in international relations with a minor in anthropology and was a member of the Women's Crew Team from 2010-2012; she also participated on the Men's Crew Team for her senior year. A participant in Student Support Service's (SSS) Summer Bridge, Pilar remained involved with the office and served as a mentor in SSS for the 2012-13 academic year as well as holding a work-study position. Her career plan is to join the Navy and go to Officer Candidate School.

She said, “Thank you so much for awarding me this scholarship. I am especially grateful that it came at a time when it would be needed most: after graduation. It means so much more coming from the Alumni Association. Receiving this scholarship has made me realize the importance of staying in touch with my Alma Mater and giving future classes the opportunity to receive this scholarship.” 

Emily Minton-Mattson ’16
Class of 2012 Scholarship


Emily Minton-Mattson is a political science and English double major. A sophomore, she will be involved in the USD Club Soccer team as the social chair, with the Out-of-State Student Council as the Northwest Region Representative, and in Gamma Phi Beta as a part of the philanthropy committee. She also participates in intramural soccer and intramural basketball. After graduation she plans to join the Peace Corps before attending law school to become an environmental attorney.

She said, “Thank you so much for your very generous financial support. Being awarded a USD Alumni scholarship is a great honor.” 

Meliza Trimidal ’14
Class of 2010 Scholarship

  Meliza Trimidal is an international relations major and a double minor in French and Asian studies. As a USD student, she has been involved in Residence Hall Association, Relay For Life, University Ministry, Filipino Ugnayan Student Organization (FUSO), Honors Student Board, and Torero Squad. Recently, she was an intern in the Joan B. Kroc Institute of Peace and Justice.

She said, “I thank the Alumni Association for not only giving me this generous scholarship but also helping me push further to finish all my academic endeavors.”

Alumni and students from the Classes of 2010 through 2016 can still give to their Senior Class Legacy scholarship.  Contact Annual Giving at (619) 260-4724 for more information on how to continue your legacy.