The Skull and Dagger Foundation was able to award four scholarships this year, each in the amount of $5,000. All of the scholarships are awarded annually to continuing USC students who have demonstrated significant campus and/or community leadership.
Lauren M. Yen, a senior in biological sciences from Rancho Palos Verdes, California is the recipient of the Dr. Kenneth Owler Smith Memorial Scholarship and is maintaining a 3.84 grade point average. She is heavily involved in a variety of humanitarian projects, including improving tent insulation at refugee camps and is the President of the American Red Cross chapter on campus.
Neysa P. Sanghavi, a junior in human biology from Mumbai, India is the recipient the Barden Centennial Scholarship and is maintaining a 3.95 grade point average. She is Director of the Service Student Assembly in the Undergraduate Student Government along with being part of the Friends & Neighbors Day Leadership Council. She is also the founder of the Study Rwanda Project. She was also heavily involved in numerous humanitarian projects in her hometown of Mumbai.
Oliva K. Dang, a senior in health and human services from Carlsbad, California is the recipient of the William I. Griffith Memorial Scholarship and is maintaining a 3.83 grade point average. She is the Co-President of Remedy Through Music, which performs music in hospitals, children’s centers and retirement homes. She is also Communications and Recruitment Chair of Alpha Epsilon Delta, the pre-medical honor society.
Ali R. Tafreshi, a fourth-year medical student from Los Angeles, is the recipient of the Dr. Harrison M. Kurtz Memorial Scholarship. He was the Keck Medical School Student Body President during his second and third years and a Graduate Student Government Senator, along with several other leadership roles. He was a graduate with distinction in research and will be starting his residency in neurosurgery at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania.