$8 Million Gift for Central Valley Scholars

Dolores M. Staudenraus ’54Celebrated battlefield nurse turned public health director and real estate investor Dolores M. Staudenraus ’54 made an $8 million gift to USF through her estate. The gift will go to fund scholarships, with a preference for students from Stockton and the Central Valley where she grew up.

Staudenraus died at her San Francisco home in January 2015.

After graduating from USF, she became a nurse in the largest combat hospital in Da Nang during the Vietnam War, where she treated the wounded during the siege of Khe Sanh. She rose through the ranks to become a captain and later served as a recruiter for the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps.

Staudenraus began investing in real estate and developed a passion for the business while still in the service. When she retired, she returned to Northern California and took a job as a director for the U.S. Public Health Service, but continued to manage her growing real estate portfolio.

During her lifetime, Staudenraus also made a generous gift that continues to support the School of Nursing and Health Professions.

“I really did receive a quality education at USF,” she told the university years ago about her philanthropic support. “My nursing degree prepared me well for a career that included teaching, consulting, and care of the critically injured in Vietnam.”

“We are deeply honored and grateful to Dolores for her faith in USF and her generosity,” said USF President Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J. “Throughout her life, she demonstrated repeatedly what it means to give, to care for others, and to live with passion, conviction, and values. Her legacy gift will provide generations of students with access to the Jesuit education she treasured.”

Staudenraus was part of the Fr. John Lo Schiavo Legacy Society, an honored group of supporters who include USF in their estate plans.

Learn more about the Fr. John Lo Schiavo Legacy Society