Parent and Family Giving

Parents and families are encouraged to support the University of San Diego at all levels of giving. Participation in the Parent Fund, the Torero Student Support Fund (formerly the Parent Partnership Fund), Parents Fund Endowed Scholarship, or the Grandparents' Scholarship Fund demonstrates your commitment to your student's educational experience and to furthering USD's mission. You can be a part of every student's success by giving a gift of any size.

Support Parent and Family Giving


The Parent Fund provides critical funding to support the highest priorities of USD. Gifts to the Parent Fund support much-needed scholarships, the development of academic programs, the enhancement of campus facilities and the retention and recruitment of esteemed faculty. The fund benefits our current and future students by allowing USD to maintain small class sizes and enrich student life on campus.
This fund (formerly the Parent Partnership Fund) was established by the USD Parents Association Board for the sole purpose of providing additional aid to students, preferably seniors, who are experiencing unexpected financial hardship and are at risk of withdrawing and not completing their education at USD. More recently, the Parent Association Board voted to expand the fund to help students experiencing food and housing insecurity.

The Parents' Fund Endowed Scholarship for Community Engagement will help fund the Scott MacDonald Community Scholarship Program which launched in 2017 and was awarded to four first-year students, each receiving $5,000 every year for four years. In exchange, they will participate in the Mulvaney Center's leadership program and volunteer 280 hours of community service annually. Each year, a new cohort of four freshman will join the program as MacDonal Community Scholars. The concept is simple. If you are given a scholarship, you're expected to pay it forward by doing something that will benefit others, which might give them opportunities they otherwise might not have had.

For other giving opportunities and for more information, please visit USD's giving website.

This fund was established in 2020 as part of our annual Grandparents' Weekend and Parent Summit and helps to support undergraduate students with financial need.