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.

Apply by Feb. 29th to the Senior Class Legacy Scholarship. Find the essay question, eligibility criteria and online application at

Alumni and students from the Classes of 2013 through 2019 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 USD Senior Class Legacy Scholars for 2015-2016:

Elizabeth Von Ruden '18
Senior Class Legacy: Class of 2014 Scholarship

Elizabeth Von Ruden is a Biology major starting her third year at USD. Some of her involvements include running on USD's running club team, helping children with cancer through Love Your Melon Campus Crew, and fundraising for victims of child trafficking through the City of Refuge Club. I hope to someday work in the field of global healthcare as a Physician's Assistant.

Elizabeth says, "To all the alumni and donors who made this scholarship possible, thank you so much. Thank you for your support for the wonderful institution that is USD and students like me. You make our experience here possible and open doors to a bright future beyond USD!"

Madeline Peters '18
Senior Class Legacy Scholarship: Class of 2014

Madeline Peters is a junior majoring in Architecture. She's involved in Love Your Melon, Greek life, and currently holds a full-time internship with an architectural firm. She'll be studying abroad in Scotland this fall, and can't wait to pursue her studies abroad!

Madeline says, "Thank you so much to the USD alumni who make this Senior Class Legacy Scholarship possible. I am truly honored to receive this award, especially from such a wonderful network of alumni. This scholarship gives me more opportunities to make a difference at USD and in the greater community. I am excited to pay it forward by continuing to make a lasting, positive impact on the people around me."

Mina Krenz '16
Senior Class Legacy Scholarship: Class of 2012

Mina Krenz is graduating from the Honors program as a Biology Major with Chemistry and Spanish Minors. On campus, Mina is a guide with Outdoor Adventures, a Resident Assistant, and a member of the USD Rock Climbing Team. After graduation, Mina will be moving to Washington D.C. to work as a research assistant at the F.D.A.

Mina says, "I cannot thank you enough for your willingness to give back to USD. Without donors like you, I would never have been able to go to USD in the first place. It has been such an honor to attend USD the past four years and I cannot wait to join the wonderful body of USD Alumni in the near future."

Kelly Anderson '16
Senior Class Legacy Scholarship: Class of 2012

Kelly Anderson is an International Relations major and Spanish minor graduating from USD as a member of the honors program. She recently completed her thesis on comparing climate change mitigation policies in South Africa, Germany, and the United States. Kelly will be working at AniChe Cellars Winery, in Underwood, Washington immediately following her graduation, but hopes to begin working on sustainable community building for a nonprofit organization in Latin America soon. Kelly was the Co-President of Pi Sigma Alpha, a national political science honors fraternity, and was also the President of the Green Farming Collective, a community gardening club at USD. She has also been involved in Be Blue Go Green sustainability club, USD Rock Climbing Team, and the Dance Company club team in her time at USD. She routinely volunteered her time at Bayside Community Garden and at the Alliance for African Assistance, and enjoyed an internship working as a Tribal Air Specialist at the Environmental Protection Agency Office of Air and Radiation, in Washington, D.C. Kelly recently won funding from the San Diego Social Innovation Challenge with her idea of creating a student ride sharing service for USD residents of Mission Beach to aid in reducing USD’s carbon footprint. She also led a team of students in implementing a pre and post consumer campus composting effort, which is now a reality on USD’s campus.

Kelly says, "I would like to sincerely thank all the USD alumni who made the 2012 Senior Class Legacy Scholarship possible. She appreciates the continuing role that alumni participate in even after their time at USD, and looks forward to doing the same in her future years."

Alexa Argumedo '16
Senior Class Legacy Scholarship: Class of 2012

Alexa Argumedo recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. During her time at USD, she was a part of the Lambda Pi Eta, served as the Founder/President of Habitat for Humanity USD chapter and this past year she served as the event co-chair for the Senior Class Legacy Committee, which focuses on raising funds for scholarships. During her undergraduate career, she also worked at the Office of the Registrar as an administrative student assistant. She plans to stay in San Diego for the next few years and it's her dream to work in sports marketing for a professional sports team.

Alexa says, "Thank you so much for your generous gift. Leaving USD has been an emotional transition but I know that I forever have the support of alumni such as yourselves. Your gift is truly a blessing. Thank you for recognizing me out of all the wonderful graduating students of the class of 2016. My USD experience was incredible and it was due in part to the generosity of scholarship donors. Thank you for your support during my journey as a USD alumna. Forever a Torero!"

Brittany Castagna '17
Senior Class Legacy Scholarship: Class of 2013

Brittany Castagna is double majoring in Marketing and Psychology. She has spent the last two years serving as a Resident Assistant and an intern at the International Center. After graduation she looks forward to using her dual degree to excel in a marketing field of her choosing.

Brittany says, "I would like to thank all the USD alumni and donors who made this scholarship possible. I am very grateful for their contribution."

Rachel La Due '18
Senior Class Legacy Scholarship: Class of 2013

Rachel La Due is an honors English major, having received first honors on the Dean’s List for the past two years. She has interned at the Institute for Peace and Justice, and planned the its fall 2015 Peacebuilding and the Arts Symposium entitled The Art of Peace: Creative Approaches in Conflict Transformation. During her time at USD, Rachel has remained actively involved within the San Diego community by interning for a congressional campaign and tutoring downtown at Our Lady’s School. When she is not at school, she works as an Associate Manager at Build-A-Bear Workshop. After she graduates from USD, she plans on pursuing her English studies in graduate school.

Rachel says, "I am deeply grateful for the contributions of USD alumni and donors. Their support and generosity has been invaluable to my education here at USD. I hope to be able to pay their kindness forward in my own academic and career endeavors."

Jason Peugh '16
Senior Class Legacy Scholarship: Class of 2013

Jason Peugh is an incoming senior at USD working toward earning his bachelor's degree in Business Economics. He is also the Chair of the Transfer Transition Team and is the Co-Founder of USD Improv, a performing arts group on campus.

Jason says, "I would like to thank the alumni and donors who made this scholarship possible. Every amount helps when it comes to covering the incredible burden that can be college tuition. My family and I are extremely lucky to receive assistance from such generous benefactors."

Ellie McCaw '18
Senior Class Legacy Scholarship: Class of 2013

Ellie McCaw is a Junior majoring in Accounting with a double-minor in Supply Chain Management and German. Ellie is actively involved in the Alcala Club, Alpha Chi Omega, the Club Tennis Team, and she enjoys her work as a Career Ambassador at the Career Development Center.

Ellie says, "I am sincerely honored to be selected as a Senior Class Legacy Scholarship recipient, and would like to thank all those who made this scholarship possible. USD has provided me with so much and I am humbled to receive this scholarship along with other deserving students. I hope to one day be able to provide future Toreros with financial assistance as you have done for me."

Katie Kuwahara '16
Senior Class Legacy Scholarship: Class of 2013

Katie Kuwahara is looking forward to her final semester as a senior Biology student in the fall. With the experiences she's gained volunteering and interning at several hospitals and participating in humanitarian engineering work overseas, she'd like to continue her education to become a Physician's Assistant and give back hope to as many lives as possible.

Katie says, "Since transferring to USD two years ago, I have been welcomed with nothing but kindness and generosity. I would like to extend my utmost gratitude to the alumni that made this scholarship possible."

Maria Dimachkie '17
Senior Class Legacy Scholarship: Class of 2013

Maria Dimachkie is an incoming senior pursung a Bachelors of Arts in Economics, and a minor in Gender and Women Studies. In addition to being a member of the Women's Center staff, she's also involved with PRIDE and is an active member of the Student Wellness Advisory Board. She has committed much of her college career to addressing issues of social justice and gender inequality. Upon graduation, She hopes to go on to pursue a career in public policy or law in order to continue her efforts in addressing these issues within our society.

Maria says, "I'd like to sincerely thank all of the wonderful USD alumni and donors who have made this scholarship possible. I am so appreciative of their generosity and commitment to supporting the USD community and recognizing its students' hard work."

Vayunamu Bawa '19
Senior Class Legacy Scholarship: Class of 2015

Vayunamu Bawa is a first-year International Relations major. She was recently elected to Associated Students as an Academic Senator for the College of Arts & Sciences. She's a member of Black Student Union, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and the International Student Organization. She also works at the United Front Multicultural Center as one of the student interns.

Vayunamu says, "I really want to thank all the USD alumni and donors who made this scholarship possible for me. I believe this is just the beginning of great things to happen concerning the payment of my education here. I appreciate it a lot and want you all to know that I will keep working hard and striving for success."

Katie Davis '19
Senior Class Legacy Scholarship: Class of 2015

Katie Davis is a sophomore at USD majoring in International Business with a minor in Spanish. She's a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority and hopes to work overseas in marketing management after graduation.

Katie says, "I would like to extend my utmost gratitude to the donors and alumni of USD who have made these scholarships possible. Without your help, my education and experiences here at USD could not be made possible. Thank you so much for your generosity!"