​The Daniel B. Woodruff Memorial Scholarship

​Honoring academic excellence and intellectual curiosity.

In permanent tribute to an extraordinary USD alumnus, the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate established the Daniel B. Woodruff Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded each semester to the most outstanding student pursuing real estate as a career. The scholarship is given to the student who best epitomizes Dan's positive qualities of academic excellence, warmth, determination, intellectual curiosity and unabashed love for humankind. There is no application form for this scholarship.

Daniel B. Woodruff

University of San Diego Class of '98

Daniel B. Woodruff served in the U.S. Navy from 1992-96. He earned his undergraduate degree with emphases in economics and finance from the "Knauss School of Business at the University of San Diego" in May 1998. His passion was real estate finance, an outgrowth of his self-directed studies of derivative securities, including mortgage-backed securities.

Dan was awarded numerous scholarships and was recognized repeatedly for his academic excellence and leadership at USD. On campus, among other activities, he served as president of the Intercollegiate Business Policy Competition Team, one of the toughest challenges in the School of Business, and as president of the USD Chapter of Toastmasters.

What set Dan apart from his peers, however, was his extraordinary intellectual curiosity and sophistication, his maturity and warm personal style, and his tremendous capacity for friendships, for reaching out to others and for love.

Dan was truly an inspiration to his family and to all who knew him. After graduating from USD, he accepted a position in secondary marketing at one of the nation's largest independent mortgage banking firms. However, within months he was diagnosed with cancer, a battle he fought with incredible determination and spirit for almost two years.

While Dan never had a chance to become part of the older generation, he was wise beyond his years. From a diary he maintained throughout his life's journey, he said: "Looking at where I am now solidifies that we need to live for the 'now,' to take advantage of what we have, not take it for granted. Nothing is granted. It is all a blessing, all we have, all we feel, all we see."

Dan was told of the Center's decision to create this scholarship as a permanent memorial to his life about four weeks before he died. He was overwhelmed with emotion and gratitude.

Past Recipients of the Daniel B. Woodruff Memorial Scholarship.

Woodruff Scholarship Recipients

Fall 2000, Rodd Miller
Spring 2001, Ann Bruce
Fall 2001, Jacob Schwartz
Spring 2002, Caleb McKinley
Fall 2002, Elsa Ramirez
Spring 2003, Rey Ross
Fall 2003, Alexandra Bryant
Fall 2004, Elizabeth DiLorenzo
Spring 2005, Michael Scafuri
Fall 2005, Philip Bretsch
Spring 2006, Jesse Votaw
Fall 2006, Joshua Wilton
Spring 2007, Ronald May
Fall 2007, Svetlana Istrati
Spring 2009, Brett Kondrick

Spring 2010, Brad Flewellen
Fall 2011, Chris Lisle
Spring 2011, Molly Jones
Spring 2011, Justin Shifrin
Spring 2012, Carey Algaze
Fall 2012, Nick Norris
Fall 2013, Jonathan Fuller
Fall 2014, Craig Henderlite
Spring 2015, Victor Alfonso
Fall 2016, Michelle Muñiz
Spring 2018, Jack Turner
Spring 2020, Leslie Hudson
Spring 2020, Shane Isdaner
Spring 2021, Alexander Allione
Spring 2022, Nicholas Bost

Contribute to the scholarship fund.

If you would like to honor Dan and help build this scholarship for the future, please send your tax-deductible contribution to:

Stath Karras
Executive Director, Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate
University of San Diego
5998 Alcalà Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492