Robert Holstein Memorial Scholarship

The Leo T. McCarthy Center seeks applicants with financial need who are deeply committed to scholarship, public service, and public policy-making programs for the common good. Up to three scholarships in the amount of up to $5,000 are available for the academic year.

Administered by the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good at the USF.

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Betty L. Blakley Scholarship

The Betty L. Blakley Scholarship was established by her granddaughter Holly Hogan and family, in memory of a true role model for women’s advancement causes. Betty Blakley was a founding member of her local American Association of University Women and an active, engaged member of a local Current Events Club that met regularly over 50 years to discuss the day’s issues and events. She was described as “humorous and warm” and loved learning and serving.

The Betty L. Blakley Scholarship is awarded to a female student participating in the Leo T. McCarthy Center’s USF in DC program. The award of up to $2,500 is in honor of Betty L. Blakley, grandmother of Leo T. McCarthy Center Board member and USF alumna, Holly Hogan.  The $2,500 scholarship is to provide financial assistance to cover costs associated with participation in the USF in DC program, including lodging, travel, and meals.

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Alexander "Zander" Urban Fund Scholarship

Alexander Urban was an exemplary student at USF who graduated in May of 2011. A dynamic and engaging student, he served as a McCarthy Fellow in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and later accepted a part-time position on Governor Schwarzenegger’s staff. In the week following his graduation, Zander was struck crossing a San Francisco street and passed away the following day.

Zander aspired to a career of public service and inspired others with his wit, intelligence, joy for public service, and commitment to justice. Inclusive by nature, he sought to bring people together in common purpose and to be as big and as powerful as they could in search of social justice. He learned Arabic and studied the Middle East, hoping that he would employ his skills to reduce conflict in that corner of the world.

An endowed fund was established in Zander’s name to ensure that generations of USF students are able to follow Zander’s path to public service. The fund is designed to support student participation in the McCarthy Fellows in Sacramento, USF in DC, and other community engaged learning programs as well as those young leaders beginning their careers in public service. Awards are made from this discretionary fund by the Director of McCarthy Center.

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Craig Newmark Scholarship

The Newmark Scholarship is made possible through the generosity of board member Craig Newmark, who made this gift to scholars in the USF in DC and McCarthy Fellows in Sacramento and San Francisco programs. Mr. Newmark has been involved with the Leo T. McCarthy Center for many years, and he has extended his support to this program to aid students who hope to pursue careers of ethical public service who would otherwise be unable to participate in the USF in DC or McCarthy Fellows program.

Bill and Trisha Jordan Scholarship

This scholarship was made possible through the generosity of William (Bill) Jordan III and his spouse, Trisha, who made this gift to support scholars in the USF in DC and McCarthy Fellows program. To this day, Bill is recognized for his volunteer and philanthropic work, which he credits to his USF education. As a student, Bill was very active at USF and volunteered at a local family shelter through the University Ministry programs. After graduating from USF, he worked with Leo T. McCarthy on his 1992 senate campaign and later on campaigns for Nancy Pelosi; both encouraged him to go to law school. With their gift, Bill and Trisha hope to support students who want to pursue careers in ethical public service.

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