Giving

​Why support USD's Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering?

Every gift, no matter the size, helps shape our collective future. We are educating the world's future leaders who are not only technically capable, but who care about diversity, social justice, the environment and the world we all share.

At the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, our engineering and computer science students emerge from our programs as innovative Changemakers who are technically savvy, mindful and engaged participants in the global community. Nearly one-third of our students are female — twice that of the national average. When you support the School of Engineering, you will be strengthening our nationally-ranked academic programs, providing critically needed scholarships, helping recruit and retain esteemed faculty members, funding innovative laboratory and learning spaces and so much more.


Here are some ways that your gift can make a real difference:

Support our Students

Let's face it, getting a college degree is expensive. 70% of our students receive some form of financial aid, which typically only covers a portion of tuition and fees. As a result, many students have to take on student loans to complete their education.

Your gift to support student scholarships helps ensure that the future is in good hands. Please help pay it forward with a gift to our scholarship fund.

Support Scholarships

two students demonstrating a robotic hand Dean's Innovation Fund

The Dean's Innovation Fund provides the flexibility to take advantage of unexpected opportunities as they arise and to support new project ideas.

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two students working in Donald's Garage Studio and Garage Space

Support will be used to provide space for innovating, exploring, building and enhancing engineering, computer science and cybersecurity projects.

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two students working on project Capstone Senior Projects

Funding will be used to support materials and equipment needed to complete hands-on, real-world projects.

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students in front of water filtration system Humanitarian Engineering Projects

Support will be used to work hand-in-hand with communities in the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Uganda to build sustainable water filtration systems and/or energy systems that change lives in developing countries.

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person holding a phone on a bike Engineering and Entrepreneurship Program

The entrepreneurial mindset is pervasive throughout our school. This program helps students take their innovative ideas to the next level, where they launch their own startup companies.

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David Malicky David Malicky Endowed Scholarship

To honor the memory of David Malicky, PhD, we have created an endowed scholarship in his name in memory of his dedication to hands-on learning.

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Dr. Olson talking wiht students Rick Olson Endowed Scholarship

There are few USD engineering students who do not benefit from the guidance of Rick Olson, PhD. An engineering alumnus gifted $50,000 to create an endowed scholarship in Dr. Olson's name to provide scholarship support amounts to deserving engineering students.

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Thank you for your support! For more information, please contact:

Elisa Lurkis

Elisa Lurkis

Director of Development and Alumni Relations

(619) 260-7913