2015 Parents Fund

$250,000 raised from 1,162 donors

Thank you for your generous support of the USD Parents Fund. Because of your contributions to the Parents Fund during fiscal year 2014-15, we raised more than: $250K through the support of 1,162 donors.

The Parents Fund helps support university projects, initiatives and other needs that might not otherwise be possible. Gifts to the Parents Fund support much needed scholarships, the development of academic programs and the enhancement of campus facilities.

Each year the Parents Association works with the provost to determine the best way to allocate this year’s funding. This year, the board voted to support students in the following ways:

Student Internships

USD’s internship program received a huge boost from the JD Power Family, including USD Trustee James D. Power IV ’85. The family donated $50,000 with the hopes that other campus groups and organizations would also be inspired to contribute. Your gifts to the Parents Fund helped make the family’s vision a reality. As a result, 52 students each received $2,000 stipends. The stipends allowed students — who might have had to turn down an internship because it was unpaid or involved travel, relocation or other expenses — make the most of their experiences. Learn more ›

Torero Treks

Torero Trek: LinkedInTorero Treks is a valuable professional learning experience, allowing students to become familiar with organizations in a small group setting, get a sense of office culture, and expand their professional networks. A recent Torero Trek to the Silicon Valley gave students the chance to visit Adobe, Google and LinkedIn. Learn more ›

Enhancing the Student Experience

International Studies Abroad Gifts to the Parents Fund also provided travel funds for student conferences, club sports and study abroad experiences. For the past six years, USD has consistently ranked among the top three schools in the United States for undergraduate study abroad participation. Currently USD ranks second in the nation with 77.8 percent of students studying in countries all over the world. Learn more ›


USD Scholarships Scholarships are always of the utmost importance to both students and parents — and scholarships that are endowed are particularly critical because it ensures support to student scholars for generations. During this period, the Parents Association also allocated $150,000 to the Parents Fund Endowed Scholarship to support today’s Changemakers and tomorrow’s Toreros. Learn more ›

Give now button

Every contribution to USD is viewed as important. Whether it is great or small, donations like yours help build our Torero future.