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Alumni Thank Yous

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Thank you USD alumni donors! With your support, I was able to attend USD with a scholarship and graduated with honors this past May. Your donations help set fellow Toreros up for success, and I definitely plan on paying it forward now that I'm an alumna myself.

- Kate Partynski ’13


I am so thankful for the generosity of our USD alumni. Without supporters like you, I wouldn't have been able to attend USD. Neither of my parents graduated from college. While my mother was a successful small business owner, and my father was a lifelong public employee, they would have been unable to afford USD without my scholarship. The continued support from USD alumni is critical to supporting the next generation of stewards in our community.

- Ashley Harrington ’10


When my family’s financial situation changed during my senior year of high school, I was very worried as to how my college education would be funded. I almost didn’t even apply to USD because I didn’t think we could afford it, but my mother encouraged me to do so, telling me, ‘You never know what might happen!’ USD was the only private institution out of the six colleges I applied to, and in turn gave me the best financial aid package I could have ever hoped for. I’m so glad I listened to my mother, because the education I received during my time at USD was unparalleled – and it was all made possible through the generous donations and scholarships provided by our very own alumni. As a recent USD graduate, I give back so other students will get to have the same stellar experience I did.

- Mary Cannon ’12


In 2004, I moved out to California to complete my senior year of college. However, due to the move across states, I no longer became eligible for in-state tuition anywhere, and I would have to rely on financial aid packages to afford college. Out of the colleges I applied to and was accepted, USD provided both the best opportunity for educational excellence and financial aid scholarships. Our school is not only great because of the education we receive, but because of our alumni and trustees who help students excel in college by minimizing the financial burden. Without donations from our alumni, I know that my education would not have been as great. This is why I give back to USD: to provide an opportunity for anyone who wants to attend our alma-matter. Go Toreros!

- Chad Fleischer ’09

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The scholarship was established by the bi-annual Founders' Gala event and provides scholarship support for undergraduate and graduate students.