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 2015-2016:

T.J. Hodges '18
T.J. Hodges is an honors student, Accountancy major, Team Captain of USD's Division 1 Cross Country team, and serves on the Alcalá Club. He will be serving as the Undergraduate Student Body President in the Associated Students for the 2016-2017 academic year. T.J. aspires to begin working at a public accounting firm after graduating next year and looks forward to a career in business!

T.J. says, "I am very thankful to the generous alumni who have made this gift possible--your donations mean volumes for students like me at the University of San Diego. Thank you for contributing to a priceless education and experience!"

Sarah Weeks '19
Sarah Weeks is an upcoming sophomore majoring in Behavioral Neuroscience and minoring in English. She's involved in various programs at USD such as the Honors Student Board and Habitat for Humanity. She's also a pre-physician’s assistant and spends time volunteering at the UCSD Hospital, as well as participating in psychology research on campus.

Sarah says, "To the USD alumni, thank you for your generosity and dedication in helping students at USD thrive! I am thrilled to receive the scholarship as well as recognition for my hard work as a student and community member. The scholarship that you provided will decrease my financial burden and help me to be successful. I am so grateful that you chose me for this honor, and I am excited to show you what I can achieve!"

Mallory Banner '18
Mallory Banner is double majoring in International Business and Marketing. She's the VP of Marketing for the professional business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, and serves as a marketing ambassador for the USD Career Development Center. Some day she hopes to work for a children’s hospital, such as Rady Children’s Hospital, either directly with the families or on the marketing team.

Mallory says, "Thank you everyone for making this scholarship available for students. I am very grateful for this scholarship and am excited to be able to use it towards tuition next semester. Thank you so very much!"

Mary Kuckertz '18
Mary Kuckertz is double majoring in Psychology and Spanish with an International Business minor. She serves as a Resident Assistant in Missions A freshmen housing, and she's also a member of the Theme Advisory Council representing the Intersections LLC. Mary is also involved with her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, as well as University Ministry and the Psychology Journal Club. Her career goal is to become a clinical psychologist serving Spanish-speaking populations.

Mary says, "Thank you so much to every donor and USD alumni who generously donated his or her time and money in order to make this scholarship possible. I am truly so thankful to accept this gift, and I look forward to the future when I will be in a position to give back as alumni have done for me. Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart."