Founders’ Gala Stewardship Report

Founders' Gala 2013

Making a Difference

Funds raised at the 2013 Founders' Gala

The endowment ensures that for generations to come, the most promising undergraduate, graduate and law students will have the chance to experience a USD education. Your generosity led to scholarships and those scholarships led to opportunities for students who change the world in countless ways. Here are just a few of the many students whose stories you’ve helped inspire.

Meet William Dow ’15

USD William Dow '15

Will Dow, a junior in the electrical engineering program at USD’s new Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, walked into Frank Jacobitz’s office his freshman year looking for a way to bring his classroom lessons to life. He walked out with an invitation to be part of an ongoing research project mapping hundreds of blood vessels in the human eye. Dow, who will be the first in his family to finish college, has immersed himself in the Torero experience, as president of the Student Alumni Association, and as founder and captain of the Golf Club.

Meet Laura Gilbert ’14

USD Laura Gilbert '14

Laura Gilbert is a student in the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science’s MEPN program, a master’s program geared toward students who have bachelor’s degrees in other fields and want to become registered nurses. Gilbert, a Founders’ Endowed Scholarship recipient, earned a degree in public health education, decided to pursue a career in nursing after caring for her mom following a surgery. Today she’s doing externships at local hospitals and even took a trip with other students to the Dominican Republic to provide basic health care for hundreds of school-age children.

Meet Toni DeGuire ’13

Toni DeGuire ’13 is one of USD’s first Founders’ Endowed Scholarship recipients. Learn how she is using her education to make a difference in the lives of high school students in Dallas.

For more information about the Founders’ Endowed Scholarhsip Fund or how you can be a part of the Founders’ Gala slated for November 14, 2015, visit

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