RFA Congratulates 2014 Caldwell Scholar Graduates

The Retired Faculty Association and the USC Office of Financial Aid are proud co-sponsors of USC’s Caldwell Scholars Program–a scholarship program that supports selected USC students who have graduated from high schools in the University  neighborhood. This year five of these Caldwell Scholars will become USC graduates. We want our RFA members to meet them. Their stories are inspiring.


Pablo Escobar 2014Pablo Escobar: Pablo came to USC from Manual Arts High School and majored in Psychology. He said that his graduation this year is the fulfillment of his dreams. During childhood, Pablo often played on the campus surrounded by USC culture and academics. Throughout his USC tenure, he has consistently given back to his community by tutoring middle school students in pre-algebra. His post-graduate plans are to work at USC and pursue a master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Pablo said, “I am everlastingly grateful for my Caldwell scholarship and the RFA’s help and encouragement.”



Eva Ortega 2014Eva Ortega: Eva graduated last December with a major in Psychology and Neuroscience. Last summer she was accepted into the McNair Scholars Program where she engaged in research under the supervision of Dr. Kate Crowley from the Division of Occupational Therapy. She plans to pursue a Master’s Program in Occupational Therapy. Eva arrived at USC from Dorsey High School. During her time at USC, she participated in numerous community activities including Hapa SC, a multicultural group involved in community service and Med-Cor where she was a math facilitator tutoring 9th grade students from LAUSD.


Francisco Iturbe Jr. 2014Francisco Iturbe, Jr. Francisco hails from Huntington Park High School and majored in Civil Engineering. He will become a USC Alum this year. Aside from Dean’s List honors, Francisco was awarded a prestigious USC 8-week Global Fellows Summer Internship at Sunvivo Supply Chain Management Co., LTD in Shanghai, China, a leading global chemical engineering company. While at USC, he served on Executive Boards for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and the Construction Management Association of America. Francisco said, “USC and the Caldwell Scholarship gave me a wonderful opportunity to grow and develop as a student, professional and human being.” Francisco has a full-time post-graduation job as an IT consultant with Accenture, a leader in management consulting, digital technology and business outsourcing services with more than 281,000 employees worldwide.


Jazzmin Owens 2014 (1)Jazzmin Owens: Jazzmin came from Crenshaw High School. She will graduate this year with a major in Biochemistry. She attended elementary school near USC which started her desire to go to USC, and she never wavered. Her ultimate goal is to be an astronaut. At present she is deciding whether to pursue that goal through graduate school or the Air Force. While at USC, in addition to participation in local community activities, she found time to be a walk-on with the USC Women’s Track Team.




Jazmin Reyes 2014              Jazmin Reyes: Jazmin came from Huntington Park High School and graduated last December               from the School of Engineering. She majored in Mechanical Engineering and is now working                 in  Iowa for the Eaton Company, a leader in global technology. During her time at USC, she                   participated in the mentoring group, Chicanos for Progressive Education, and volunteered                   for several of her local community groups including Presentation de Maria’s Youth Group.                   She was active in the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and still found time to play USC Women’s Club Lacrosse.