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Friday, October 19, 2018

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Sophomore Kelly Nguyen studies public health. Sophomore Kelly Nguyen studies public health.

The Campaign for Kelly

Gifts to the College of Health and Human Services support more than 5,000 students and faculty.
By SDSU News Team

Kelly Nguyen has turned the adage — leaders are born and not made — right on its head.

Though it’s clear she has inherent ability, Nguyen, a student in the College of Health and Human Services (HHS), has worked hard to develop the leadership gene in herself and others.

Nguyen is president of Gates to Success, a student organization created to support first generation college students by providing mentoring, professional development and a friendly space from which to explore the San Diego State University campus.

She joins an elite group of SDSU alumni who have received the National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program, which is providing summer internship opportunities to help Nguyen reach her goal of a career in public health.

Gifts to SDSU not only support students, but also help SDSU’s colleges—like the College of Health and Human Services—to recruit and retain top faculty and strengthen academic programs.

More than 58,000 donors have contributed to The Campaign for SDSU, which has raised $680 million toward its $750-million goal.
Recent gifts to HHS include:

  • A $25,000 gift from the Hervey Family Fund to support the Step Up program
  • A $25,000 gift from the California Healthcare Foundation to support the International Experience Scholarship Fund in HHS
  • A gift of $8,200 gift from Marlene (’75) and Ronald Ruiz in support of the Marlene Ruiz Nursing Scholarship in HHS and two additional SDSU programs—the Alumni Association Scholarship/Internship Fund and the Guardian Scholars program.
  • A gift of $10,000 from the Estate of John K. Williams (‘99) to support the college’s fitness clinic and its Camp Able program
  • Support for the School of Nursing from Mary A. Petruccione in the amount of $3,000.