Stevie Calderon '13
Hometown: San Jose, California
Why I am on the SPC: I want the community to know the importance of giving back to USF and how it affects every student. Students are unaware of how many of their peers would not be able to attend USF without the help of alumni. I have had a great time at USF and have met amazing people while also gaining a great education, which would not be possible without alumni support. Almost all of my friends at USF, including myself, receive some sort of financial support, and without the help of alumni I would not have been able to meet these lifelong friends!
From Here, I...want to continue to grow my knowledge that I have received at USF and hopefully one day start my own non-profit to continue to help those who are in need.
Alexa Carbajal '13 PsyD '18
Hometown: Alamo, California
Major: First year in the PsyD program
Why I am on the SPC: I have experienced, first hand, someone having to
leave the University due to inability to cover the costs of enrollment. I am
passionate about increasing support for scholarships because I want ensure that
the University has the opportunity enroll wonderful, intelligent, and
passionate people. I also want to help deserving people attain the same
comprehensive and rich education that I received here.
From Here, I…hope to use my USF education to work with adolescents
in underserved communities overcome their eating disorders.
Emily Carroll '17
Hometown: Coeur d' Alene, Idaho
Why I am on the SPC: I am on the SPC to become more involved in philanthropy at USF. I want to become more involved in volunteer work at USF and in San Francisco. I believe this organization will help me better myself and others, while doing good for the community and those who need a helping hand.
From Here, I…want to become a clinical psychologist specializing in youth depression and suicide in order to provide relief and help struggling youth who are in a bad place with their lives, and help them get to a path of happiness and success.
John "Johnny" Chibnall '14
Major: Politics, minor in Spanish
am on the SPC: I have always been a firm believer in making a place
better than it was when I first arrived after I leave this place. I believe
that I have done this through my work as ASUSF Senate President in many ways,
including with SPC, because helping other students have the same opportunities
I did, especially in regards to education, is extremely important to me.
From Here, I…want to
use my education to love more, to give more, to learn more and to be more for
the people who have allowed me to be the person I am today.
Sophie Curl '14
Hometown: Bellingham, Washington
Why I am on the SPC:I have learned how important it is to give back and
what a difference it can make. I want incoming students to have the same memorable
experience that I have had, without it being a significant financial burden. I
also want to see USF thrive to the best of its ability, and alumni support is a
huge factor in that!
From Here, I…plan share my passion with health and exercise in a
positive way to help people live a happier, healthier, and longer life.
Natalie Gallo '16
Hometown: Alamo, California
Why I am on the SPC: I want to give other students the opportunity I have at USF. I want them to be able to experience the endless chances we have to be a part of what we are most passionate about and use it as a platform to change the world.
From Here, I…want to learn as much as possible, explore different countries and their justice issues, and use my passion that I developed at USF to do something that will promote solidarity in all communities of the world.
Sausha Gruca '14
am on the SPC: Because paying it
forward is such a great way to show how grateful I am for all of the blessings
in my life. Without the funds I have received from USF I
would not be where I am today, on my way to graduating and pursing a Master’s
degree. I find it important to educate other students that the senior
gift funds raised go back to younger students, so it is all about students
Here, I…am applying to graduate schools to get a Master’s in Marriage and
Family Therapy in order to work with families of children with special needs. I cannot wait to start helping others through therapy and giving back to
Megan Kenney '16
Hometown: Newport Beach, California
Major: Kinesiology, minor in Neuroscience
am on the SPC: Making a difference in someone's life makes my life
meaningful. I hope I can help others while inspiring them to give back
Here, I…would like to go to graduate school and get my
doctorate of physical therapy so I can help the severely disabled and those
suffering from spinal cord injuries.
Maddy Meininger '15
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Major: Politics, minor in Public Service and Community Engagement
Why I am on the SPC: Sometimes it feels like we will only be a part of the USF community when we are students. I want to help find other ways for my classmates to keep being a part of USF after we graduate.
From Here, I…know I will have the support from faculty, staff, peers and alumni while I figure out what I want to do with my life.
Sascha Rosemond '15
Major: Communication Studies, minor in Sociology
am on the SPC: I am passionate about Student Philanthropy Committee
for the students that attend USF. The students are what makes USF so
special and it is important to find ways to keep them here and educate them
about philanthropy and the importance of giving back so that will do the same
for generations to come.
Here, I…will make the world a better place and strive to live
my life for and with others.
Morten Tastum '14
Major: International Relations
Why I am on the SPC: Being a foreign
student I had little knowledge of how much U.S. universities rely on donations.
Following the example of my grandparents, I want to do my best to help those in
unfortunate situations excel in academics. Giving others the opportunity to do
what they would not otherwise have been able to is something that is very
important to me.
From Here, I…hope to work within the
diplomatic community and strive towards strengthen the bonds between
Scandinavia and the United States.