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.

Alumni and students from the Classes of 2012 through 2018 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. 

Meet the Senior Class Legacy Scholars for 2015-16:

Michael Burrafato '16
Senior Class Legacy: Class of 2012 Scholarship

Michael Burrafato is a rising senior with an intended double-major in Finance and International Business. After interning for two years with Henry Crown & Co., he is pursuing an internship with the StepStone Group in New York this summer. He is the current President of the Honors Student Board and the past President of Rotaract (Rotary International). After his undergraduate studies, he plans to earn his JD/MBA. In addition to that, he is an aspiring entrepreneur, and has established his own global brand development company, MJB Internationale. He is incredibly grateful for the endowment of this scholarship.

Michael says, “Thank you to the Alumni Association for this investment; is an investment that will foster exponential profits in insight, maturity, and knowledge through academia and beyond.

Tyler “TJ” Hodges '17
Senior Class Legacy Scholarship: Class of 2013

TJ Hodges is an honors accounting major, a runner on the University's cross country team, and a member of the Alcala Club. In his free time he tutors at Roosevelt Middle School and works as a chair on the Student Life Committee for Associated Students. He is looking forward to serving as an RA in Missions B next year and working as the Director of Chapter Operations in Beta Alpha Psi.

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

Taylor Kalinowski '15
Senior Class Legacy Scholarship: Class of 2011

Taylor Kalinowski is a double major in Accounting and Finance. She has received first honors and has been on the Dean’s List for the past two years. Taylor is a member of Beta Alpha Psi, Delta Sigma Pi, Mortar Board and the Senior Class Legacy Committee. She previously served as the Director of Marketing for Associated Students and the Marketing Coordinator for the Torero Program Board. After graduation, Taylor will be starting her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers as an Assurance Associate in the San Diego office.

Taylor says, “I am so honored to be the recipient of the Senior Class Legacy: Class of 2011 Scholarship. Thank you to all of the alumni who made this scholarship possible. I am sad to leave USD after graduation, but I am grateful for all the amazing experiences I have had and am excited to continue to be a part of the USD community as an alum.

Iman LaVine '17
Senior Class Legacy Scholarship: Class of 2013

Iman is currently majoring in Behavioral Neuroscience and minoring in Chemistry, and hopes to become a nurse anesthetist. She is a member of AMSA and the Vice President of SAA for Spring 2016. Iman plans on becoming more involved in her community by volunteering at local hospitals and other organizations and she plans on becoming even more active in the clubs she is involved in.

Iman says, “Alumni and Donors, thank you so much for donating your time, money and interest into this university and scholarship, which without your generosity, would not be possible. I am extremely grateful.

Michael Muna '16
Senior Class Legacy Scholarship: Class of 2012

Michael is a double major in Real Estate and Finance that is actively involved in the USD community. He served as the founding President of Sigma Pi Fraternity and Treasurer of Delta Sigma Pi professional business fraternity.

Michael says, “I'm extremely humbled to be considered for this award.  Thank you to everyone that donated and made the scholarship possible!

Rommel Pinlac '15
Senior Class Legacy Scholarship: Class of 2011

Rommel Pinlac is from the class of 2015. He is graduating with a degree in Biology and minor in Chemistry. He has been an active member of the Filipino Ugnayan Student Organization (FUSO) in the United Front Multicultural Center, the CA Beta Beta Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon, University Ministry and the SEARCH retreat, and has served as Vice President of the undergraduate student body in his time with Associated Students. Rommel has also immersed himself in immunology research with the Department of Biology. He plans on working in the biotech field to continue doing research and preparing for graduate school.

Rommel says, “‘The only solution is love and that love comes with community’ - Dorothy Day. Words can't express how much the USD community means to me. I have truly found a home in the United Front and FUSO, Greek Life and Sigma Phi Epsilon, University Ministry, Associated Students, and the Biology Department. Thank you, to you the Class of 2011, for giving back and making my USD experience an unforgettable chapter of my life. I am forever grateful and hope to connect with some of you one day at Homecoming or at other alumni events!

Jessica Polak '17
Senior Class Legacy Scholarship: Class of 2013

Jessica is a junior studying biochemistry at USD. Her involvements on campus include: member of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women, Bull Pit Student Section as Recruitment and Membership leader, Optometry Club Secretary, and Link Peer Mentor to accommodate underrepresented and underprivileged freshmen. She is interested in pursuing a Doctor of Optometry after she graduates from USD.  

Jessica says, “Thank you to USD alumni and donors who made this scholarship possible for me to continue my studies at USD.

Samantha Strauss '18
Senior Class Legacy Scholarship: Class of 2014

Samantha Strauss is majoring in International Relations with minors in Leadership Studies and Environmental Studies. She is a Tour Guide and Ambassador for USD, a student guide for Outdoor Adventures, a member of the Water Ski Team, and was Vice President of Maher’s Resident Hall Association. This past year she founded Maher’s Composting Initiative and was awarded USD’s 2015 Sustainability Hero award. Next fall she will be a Resident Assistant for the Sustainability LLC and will intern at the Office of Sustainability. Samantha hopes to work within developing countries to help create a more sustainable future for the world.

Samantha says, “I am thankful for each and every USD Alumni who made this scholarship possible. With it, you are helping to make my dreams a reality by investing in my education and future. In my next few years as a student, I plan to show my appreciation by continuing to strengthen our university and community. In that way, I'll make us all even prouder to call ourselves Toreros.