Giovani Marsano ’12 has always had a heart for service. And his heart was always set on USD — which is known for combining academic excellence with a commitment to service.
In high school, Gio was a peer counselor who spent countless hours tutoring students and mentoring them as they navigated the ups and downs of high school life before graduating with a 4.12 GPA. With the help of a Torero Scholarship, he became a Torero at heart.
“Having a scholarship is a privilege and an honor,” says Gio, who maintains a GPA of 3.61. “I don’t take it for granted. The scholarship has always been a motivating factor in my coursework and I take it very seriously. I appreciate that the trustees chose me for this scholarship and I work hard because I don’t want to let them down.”
Now the senior, who majors in business administration, is involved in USD’s Center for Awareness, Service and Action, where he works twice a week with young adults in the community who have various intellectual disabilities.
“The best thing is seeing a smile on their face and knowing that you make a difference in their life,” says Gio.
In addition to his community service-learning commitment, Gio did a semester at sea his junior year and traveled across the sea and around the world to Canada, Spain, Morocco, Ghana, South Africa, Mauritius, India, Vietnam, China and Japan. He is also a member of two honor societies, including Mortar Board and Order of Omega, works part-time for his family’s business and is president of his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon.
“When I graduate, I want to give back,” Gio says. “I experienced the importance of scholarships firsthand. Even the smallest amount makes the biggest difference and I want to give that opportunity to another student in the future.”
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"When I graduate, I want to give back. I experienced the importance of scholarships firsthand. Even the smallest amount makes the biggest difference."