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Why We Give

Making Sure We Move Forward by Looking Back

Elizabeth Van Hunnick

When it comes to education, Elizabeth Van Hunnick ’56 thinks the ancient Greeks had the right idea. Read More

A Second Opinion, a Second Chance

Robert Spyksma

Robert Spyksma vividly remembers that day in 2007, when he learned that he had cancer—and that his prognosis wasn’t good. Read More

There’s No Disputing USC’s Influence on Their Lives—and Vice Versa

Richard and Karla Chernick

Richard and Karla Chernick are so grateful to have had USC and the Trojan Family in their lives that they made the largest single gift ever to the 122-year-old USC Gould School of Law. Read More

In Memoriam: Dr. June Pollak

June Pollak

In life, June Pollak B.A. ’49, M.A. ’51, Ph.D. ’61 had a generous spirit and was inspired to help others achieve their goals. With her passing, she leaves a wonderful legacy at USC that honors her empathetic nature and love of learning. Read More

A Generous Gift from a Great Generation

Bert McCormack

When Bert McCormack ’60 came back from a year in Korea with the U.S. Marines, he married his high school sweetheart, Mary, and enrolled at USC’s business school on the G.I. bill. The young couple had $500 in the bank. Read More

Volunteers Leave a Lasting Legacy

Dennis Fernow

Sue and Steve Wilder's decision to volunteer at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital was an easy one; figuring out exactly how to include the hospital in their estate plans was a little trickier. Read More

One More Trojan Behind the Magic

Dennis Fernow

Dennis Fernow '63 never imagined that a chance encounter with a homeless man in Los Angeles would forever change his life. While Fernow says the young Austrian (whom we'll call Martin to protect his privacy) was crippled by mental illness and addiction, underneath was a kind and intelligent soul. Read More

Honoring Our Veterans with an Endowed Scholarship

Walter Michal Ross

The G.I. Bill made it possible for 1st Lt. Walter Michal Ross to earn a degree from USC in 1949. Today, almost 70 years later, his daughter Cindy Ross Schrank '68 hopes to help more military veterans and active-duty service members follow in her father's footsteps. Read More

A Planned Gift to Cheer About

Judy Hunter

Judy Hunter's first love was football. As the only child of a father who was a huge football fan, Hunter '63 became a student of the game at a young age. Attending USC in the early 1960s deepened her love for football even more. Read More

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