Rahsheed Clarke couldn’t stay for lunch because he wasn’t able to get the time off from his student job. The Marshall junior, studying business administration with a minor in real estate development, had won a scholarship enabling him to travel to Milan next semester.
“I just wanted to drop in and express my gratitude for the donors who established my scholarship,” he said, referring to Jim and Sue King, who established the Marine Corps Endowed Scholarship, of which Clarke was one of three recipients “Their generosity and Marshall’s effort has enabled me to further my education and study abroad.”
Student scholars met the men and women behind their scholarships at USC Marshall’s 26th annual Scholarship luncheon, held Wed. Nov. 6 at Town & Gown on the University Park Campus. It is a signature event for Marshall.
Ty Callahan, vice dean for undergraduate programs and professor of finance and business economics welcomed the group with opening remarks.
“Your generosity is helping more than 600 deserving students,” he said. “Our way of saying thank you is to bring you here to meet the direct beneficiaries of your generosity.”
Interim Dean Gareth James thanked donors and students and spoke about the growth of Marshall and the importance of continued giving, including the need to retain the best faculty.
Some 448 undergraduates and 161 graduate students received scholarship awards from 203 scholarship funds. Additionally, 41 new scholarships and their benefactors were celebrated.
Robert W. Lim ’83, retired Vice President of Sales for Kraft Food, and the benefactor of the Lim Family Endowed Scholarship Fund, congratulated the attending students on their achievements, and thanked his fellow donors.
“Your presence here is really meaningful,” he said. “I’d like to share my motivation for giving.”
Making it and Giving Back
He told the room the story of his father, who emigrated to the U.S. from China as a teenager after the Depression to work with his grandfather. He never finished high school. When his grandfather died, he was left to fend for himself in a strange new land.
Still, he managed, eventually marrying and having a family.
Lim, the youngest of 6 children, said they were the first in their family to attend college.
“Our parents spent all of their savings and wages on our education,” he said.
Growing up in Los Angeles, Lim dreamed of attending USC. “Honestly, there was no other choice for me. It was one of the only times when I didn’t have a Plan B. But when you have a dream, you chase it with your whole heart.”
USC helped propel him to success, he said. That’s why he made sure to pay it forward.
Donors were then treated to a video highlighting the benefits of their ongoing generosity.
Marshall faculty, staff, donors and students mingled after the event.
“I was able to attend USC on a scholarship,” James Goswiller ’74 told a guest. “I told myself that if I became successful I would give back. I am happy to be able to do so.” He and his wife created the Goswiller-Lind Family Endowed Scholarship.
For more information on how you can give back to USC Marshall through the endowment of a scholarship, click here.