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 in 2004 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.


Apply by Feb. 29th to the Terry Whitcomb Scholarship. Find the essay question, eligibility criteria and online application at

Continue the USD experience. Give to the Therese Whitcomb '53 Scholarship Fund.

Meet the USD Alumni Association Therese Whitcomb Scholars for 2015-16:

Markeia Brox-Chester '16
Markeia Brox-Chester is a current senior at the University of San Diego, pursuing a degree in Business Administration. She has been involved with the Ambassadors program on campus since her freshman year. She is also involved in planning many campus events for perspective students through her work in the Undergraduate Admissions Office. She is a member of the USD Habitat for Humanity Chapter where she helps with the building and restoration of homes in the San Diego area. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in sports management, ultimately returning to graduate school to receive her MBA.

Markeia says, “I would like to take the time to show my gratitude to all alumni and donors who made this scholarship possible. I am extremely blessed to be the recipient of this scholarship and I can't thank you enough. This scholarship will be a big help for me in finishing out my education at the University of San Diego. I look forward to becoming an alumni soon and having the opportunity to give back to the place that has already given me so much. Once again, thank you.

Rayne Ibarra-Brown '16
Rayne Ibarra-Brown is a 3rd year undergraduate student double majoring in English and Spanish. Her studies focus on queer/trans* subjectivities, womyn of color, and decolonial love. She is the Events Coordinator of USD’s Black Student Union and a work-study student for the Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness and Social Action, through which she has worked as an art teacher and a tutor to bilingual middle school students. Rayne works closely with San Diego’s American Civil Liberties Union as a community organizer and will be applying to English graduate programs this fall.

Rayne says, “I would like to express my gratitude to the USD Alumni Association and its donors for their incredible generosity. It is an honor to be selected as an Alumni Association Scholar and a recipient of the Terry Whitcomb Scholarship. I hope to requite the Association’s kindness one day as an alumna.  Again, many thanks. I deeply appreciate your support.

Gert Loechle '16
Gert Loechle is a Finance and International Business double major. He is an active member of USD's Student Outreach and Recruitment (SOAR), the Alcala Chapter of Mortar Board, and Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. In addition, he is a student worker at USD's Office of Alumni Relations. After graduation, he hopes to enter the investment banking industry.
Gert says, “Thank you very much for supporting me in my educational journey. The alumni at USD have played an integral part in my academic and professional development, and this scholarship is one more way that USD is assisting me in achieving my goals. I hope to someday be able to give back to the USD community just as it has been helping me.

Pierce Salamack '17
Pierce is currently working towards his electrical engineering degree at USD. He is excited to be a part of the up and coming Shiley Macros School of Engineering. He hopes to one day make contributions towards making a more sustainable society that is less dependent on fossil fuels. On campus, Pierce works for the Athletic Department, he is a member of the Men's Rowing Team, he is in the Climbing Club, and he is involved in University Ministry.

Pierce says, “Thank you so much to the donors an alumni who have made it possible for me to be a student here at Usd. I am fortunate enough to have been able to thank personally several of my benefactors, and wish to reach out and extend my gratitude to all those who had made contributions to help current Toreros. Thank you!”