Meet our 2013 Bridges Scholarship Recipients!
On Dec. 4, 2013, the two recipients of the 2013 Bridges Academy Endowed Scholarship joined members of the Bridges Academy for the annual holiday luncheon. Jasmine Mallen and Gerardo Flores of the Class of 2015 received the largest scholarships the endowment has produced so far! The Bridges Academy scholarship fund's growth allowed Jasmine and Gerardo to each receive $2,500 toward the cost of their education, an amount that is more than double the original scholarships that the fund produced in 2005.
Meet Jasmine Mallen
Jasmine shared that her three years at the University of San Diego so far have been "nothing but positive." Growing up in the Logan Heights community of San Diego and attending the Academy of Our Lady of Peace, Jasmine focused on obtaining a quality education. She chose USD for the beauty of the campus, the small class sizes, and the many opportunities for service and involvement-all in a community that allowed her to uphold her Catholic faith.
She became involved on campus, working with Student Support Services, MEChA and off-campus tutoring. When speaking of her experience tutoring homeless students at the Monarch School downtown, Jasmine says, "It is important to do what we can to help others reach their full potential."
She hopes to use her USD degree in sociology to better the community and would like to work for the City of San Diego "to make sure that programs such as the Monarch School continue to be funded and help the future members of our society."
Meet Gerardo Flores
Gerardo grew up in Tijuana, Mexico, and remembers seeing the University of San Diego on trips to Mission Beach during his childhood. He transferred to USD a year ago after attending community college in San Diego.
As a student at Grossmont-Cuyamaca College, he discovered a passion for theater. He chose to attend USD after visiting the campus and feeling the strong sense of community, spirituality and values that he had initially overlooked when applying for a four-year institution. Need-based scholarships make his attendance possible, and Flores says, "Thanks to you, I feel that I can truly take advantage of all the opportunities USD has to offer."
Gerardo aims to pursue a career in acting, directing or producing, and possibly creating his own theater company. He shares, "I have learned that theater is much more than just entertainment and a business, but that it also has the power to bring forth dialogue and to build and strengthen a society."
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