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Who are the Recipients?
From fighting climate change to abolishing poverty — this year’s recipients believe in creating a more humane, just, and sustainable world.
Oszkar Apama’bo Anand, Environmental Management ‘25
Oszkar turned an abandoned grocery shop from his village in North Western Uganda into a self-sustainable entertainment establishment that employs community youths. Now, he’s ready to take things global — and plans to help the world fight climate change.
Eric Asare, Migration Studies ‘25
Having classmates, friends, and neighbors as refugees and migrants while growing up in West Africa, Eric took an interest in immigration issues from an early age. He wishes to advocate for the rights of asylum seekers and migrants.
Riya Bhandari, Energy Systems Management ‘25
Originally from India, the Dean’s Scholarship provided Riya with the resources necessary to pursue a degree in the United States. She’s passionate about contributing to the global momentum towards cleaner energy grids and the shift from fossil fuels to sustainable energy sources.
Kalii Caldwell, Biotechnology ‘25
Kalii hopes to facilitate the execution of revolutionary science to find solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems, especially in sustainability and medicine.
Tiffani Carroll, Urban & Public Affairs ‘25
Hailing from Los Angeles and DJing on the side, Tiffani is the first in her family to graduate college. She hopes to become an expert in government policy and anthropology relating to labor issues and rights.
Evan Chan, Asia Pacific Studies ‘24
Evan enjoys exploring his heritage from Hong Kong and China through his graduate program. The Dean's Scholarship enables him to focus on his teaching assistant position in USF’s Chinese Studies Department and internship with the Asia Society — all while earning his degree.
Maggie Cheng, Museum Studies ‘25
Maggie developed a passion for museums as a medium for telling stories and shaping public awareness of important issues. She wants to uplift voices that have been underrepresented throughout history and share stories that have been suppressed by the dominant narratives often seen in museums.
Matthew Choi, Writing ‘25
Matthew hopes to publish a short story collection or novel oriented around South Korean folklore and myths, but with a modern twist.
Damian Ochoa, Sport Management ‘25
Growing up, sports have always held a significant place in Damian’s life, whose home regularly hosted NFL watch parties for his extended family. He hopes to excel as an NFL agent, ultimately establishing his own agency.
Yumejichi Fujita, Computer Science Bridge ‘26
Yumejichi is studying to become a software engineer. She hopes to contribute to products that can improve people's lives and change the world from here.
Daniel Gonzalez, Data Science ‘24
After getting his master’s degree from USF, Daniel hopes to transition to a PhD program. It’s his hope to continue working in research and academia.
Edgar Ibarra Gutierrez, Professional Communication ‘25
Edgar dreams of establishing a community-based public relations organization for small businesses and nonprofits in rural areas.
Claire James, International & Development Economics ‘25
Interested in working closely with faculty and doing field work abroad is what led Claire to her graduate program. Her dream is to work overseas for an economic development project.
Arturo Paredes, International Studies ‘25
Arturo is a San Francisco native who has been interested in local activism from a young age. He wants to solve poverty not just in San Francisco, but all over the world.
Francisco Perez, Sport Management ‘25
Francisco always knew sports was his calling. He got his start in sports medicine, working as a hydration technician before eventually landing a sales role at the San Francisco Giants. His next move — strategic partnerships for a major sports team or organization.
Seneth Waterman, Data Science ‘24
Seneth is drawn to experiences at the intersection of cutting-edge data analysis and environmental regeneration. She’s interested in opportunities that tap into how data science can help mitigate climate change.
Chloe Willson, Applied Economics ‘25
Chloe hopes to work in public policy, using her skills in economic research and programming to better understand and develop solutions for urban, environmental, and monetary problems in the United States.
Become a Leader in Your Field
"With a community of nearly 1,000 graduate students across our 19 programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, we rely on our dedicated faculty and staff to enhance and refine our programs to suit the current trends in scholarship, research, and professional practice. Our Dean’s Scholarship recipients, less than 5% of the graduate population, provide an additional spark, with their creativity and ingenuity, profiling excellence both in study and in their future professions. While there are employment opportunities in industry, the technology sector, and in public service, we help to position our graduates to become leaders in their field, proudly carrying our university mission of social justice into all of the professions."
Am I Eligible?
The Dean’s Scholarship recognizes a select group of incoming students in graduate programs, who the admission committees believe will make a substantial contribution to the programs. Recipients are selected based on merit. To be considered for the Dean's Scholarship, students must apply to their program by the program's priority deadline.