August 15, 2003

USD Grads Receive Prestigious National Scholarship

Two University of San Diego graduates are two of four Cornaro Scholars chosen from across the nation and will each receive a $3,000 scholarship award from Kappa Gamma Pi, the national Catholic college graduate honor society.  The award will go to the college of their choice.

Nathalia Osorio, a native of Colombia, graduated from USD summa cum laude this spring with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She begins law studies at the University of Notre Dame this fall.

Her many campus honors and achievements at USD included being given the Outstanding Achievement in Political Science Award this spring. She was also a campus leader in many activities, helping to reestablish the pre-law society, Phi Alpha Delta, on campus and serving as a coordinator for the Head Start program.

Rudy Guevarra, Jr., graduated in 2000 from USD and is now in a Ph.D. program in U.S. history at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Guevarra has been active in several campus groups and committees to promote diversity and social justice, both at USD and UC Santa Barbara. He has also contributed his time as an undergraduate and graduate peer mentor and camp counselor.

He is a co-editor and contributing writer to “Crossing Lines: Race and Mixed Race Across the Geohistorical Divide” and also is a published poet, producer and songwriter. He graduated from Mt. Miguel High School in 1990.

Kappa Gamma Pi, formed 77 years ago, honors graduates from Catholic colleges and universities for their outstanding scholarship, leadership and service. A total of 51 graduates have been named Cornaro Scholars since the program’s inception in 1985. Of this total, USD has nine Cornaro Scholars, the highest number of any of the affiliate schools in the nation.

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