Scholarships

USD Alumni Association scholarships support current USD students who are making a positive impact on campus or in the community.  These scholarships are made possible by the generous support of alumni and student donors.

Scholarship applications are accepted December through February annually. Check out the list of the USD Alumni Association and Class Legacy scholarship recipients for 2015-2016.

Questions? Contact Alumni Relations at (619) 260-4819, alumni@sandiego.edu or stop by Degheri Alumni Center Room 137, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Scholarships Programs:

Senior Class Legacy Scholarship
The Senior Class Legacy scholarship program began in 1989 with three seniors who had the vision to leave a legacy. 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.

Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund
The USD Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund was created in 2006 by USD alumni to provide much-needed scholarships for students. This scholarship fund is a way for alumni to give back and ensure continued access and affordability of a USD education for qualified and deserving students. Nearly 90 percent of the gifts to this fund are $250 and under, demonstrating that every gift makes a difference in the lives of students. Because this fund was created by alumni, additional consideration is given for legacy students who have family relatives who are USD alumni.

Therese Whitcomb '53 Scholarship
This scholarship is named in honor of the first graduate from the San Diego 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. 

Daniel L. Burkett III Memorial Scholarship
The Daniel L. Burkett III Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the late USD alumnus, Danny Burkett '06. While at USD, Danny was a member of the prestigious Alcala Club, Omnicron Delta Epsilon International Economics Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity. Danny graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Business Economics and in 2006 received the award of Academic Excellence in Business Economics. While a member of Delta Tau Delta he helped establish the Bleed Purple Foundation, an organization that provides financial assistance to students facing cancer, and co-chaired Philanthropy Week, a Greek Community event held to raise money for charity. His magnetic personality and involvement in the USD community allowed him to touch the lives of many people. This scholarship recognizes students who have demonstrated exceptional involvement in USD Greek Life and service to the community.

Kyle O’Connell Memorial Scholarship
The Kyle O’Connell Memorial Scholarship was created in honor of Kyle O’Connell, the son of Michael '87 and Julie '88 (Belfiore) O’Connell. On February 6, 2005, Kyle passed away just shy of his 10th birthday. Kyle’s brave fight against brain cancer inspired a group of USD alumni to create this scholarship. The purpose of this scholarship is to inspire students through Kyle’s story of courage, determination and spirit to find a cure for cancer, to provide comfort and hope for patients and their families who are struggling with terminal illness and to become advocates motivating others to become active in the fight against this deadly disease. It will benefit undergraduate junior or senior students and/or graduate students enrolled in the study of healing arts including nursing, marriage and family therapy and the sciences.