Bridging the Gap

Parent Partnership Fund essential to student success

Their stories are powerfully poignant: A single mother of two, victimized by domestic violence, searching for a better life; two sons working night-and-day to help their recently divorced mother make the mortgage payments to save her home; a young woman receiving the devastating news that both her parents had been diagnosed with terminal illnesses.

Such are the tragic life experiences endured by recipients of the Parent Partnership Fund (PPF), an initiative spearheaded by USD Parents Association Board co-presidents Jim and Bonnie Trumbull (pictured). Created to support students who are within one year of earning their degree, but are at risk of dropping out due to financial hardships, the PPF provides the invaluable assistance deserving Toreros need to achieve their dream of graduating from USD.

“When you hear these stories, and meet these wonderful students, how do you not do everything in your power to help?” asks Jim, his voice cracking with emotion. “In many cases, these students are just a few classes away from earning their degree, but life intervenes, and often tragically.”

Dedicated parents who share USD’s commitment to service, the Trumbulls were quick to join the USD Parents Association Development Committee, where they first learned about the alarming number of students forced to drop out of school just shy of graduation.

“When we first heard the numbers, it completely blew us away,” says Bonnie. “The average ask from students in that situation was somewhere in the neighborhood of $2,700, which when you factor in the overall cost of attending a university, really isn’t that much.”

Since becoming Parent Board co-presidents in July of 2012, the Trumbulls are extremely proud of how the PPF has grown, and the number of lives it has changed.

“The PPF is a great example of USD’s commitment to students,” says Jim. “We’re just looking to keep the positive momentum going.”

To learn more about the Parent Partnership Fund, call the Office of Parent Relations at (619) 260-4808, or email parents@sandiego.edu.