Spencer McDonald Scholarship in Computer Science and Study Abroad

First ever named scholarship in computer science.

Spencer McDonald (CS '18)Spencer McDonald '18 Computer Science

It is with great honor that USD's Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering announces the university's first named scholarship in computer science. The Spencer McDonald Scholarship in Computer Science and International Study Abroad, made possible through the generosity of Kirby and Diane McDonald and named after their grandson, Spencer (CS ’18), supports computer science majors with financial need, up to $10,000 total per year, wishing to study abroad. Scholarship funds can be used for tuition only.

While studying at USD, Spencer McDonald describes his study abroad experience in China as life-changing and wanted to help provide that opportunity for those who might not otherwise be able to have such an experience.

“One of my highlights at USD was taking Dr. Jiang's data science study abroad course in China," explains McDonald. "On top of learning about data science, we were able to learn so much about China’s unique culture, customs, and lifestyle from a professor who grew up there. The trip only lasted three weeks, but afterwards it felt like everyone in our group had been friends for years. I encourage everyone who has the opportunity to study abroad to take it so they can have similar experiences.” 

To be considered for the Spencer McDonald Scholarship in Computer Science and International Study Abroad, USD computer science students must be a declared USD computer science major; must have demonstrated financial need; and must submit an essay explaining how studying abroad would impact their academic experience.

USD's Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering is most grateful to Kirby and Diane McDonald's generosity and encourages all eligible USD computer science students to apply for the Spencer McDonald Scholarship in Computer Science and International Study Abroad. The submission deadline for applications for students studying abroad in spring semester 2021 and who would like to be considered for this scholarship is October 2, 2020. 

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Elisa Lurkis
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