Nathan Ellenbecker

Nathan Ellebecker Testimonial

The availability of scholarships is one major reason why I am attending USD. Coming out of high school, I was lucky enough to receive a merit and department-specific scholarship, and it’s clear that a university that invests in its incoming students is a university trying to make a difference. These scholarships are what make USD competitive, attractive, and growing.

It’s clear that a university that invests in its incoming students is a university trying to make a difference.

I give campus tours, and my eyes light up every time I get to brag about the Muenster University Center's expansion in 2014. It created a central location for students to move between classes, jobs, meetings (and sometimes naps) and is an incredibly unique building. Everybody is in one place, sharing meals or homework tips. It’s in the heart of campus, and it’s the heart of students’ day-to-day lives. Also, I love Qdoba.

Since my first days at USD, it has been my involvement outside the classroom that has shaped my college experience. Professors have connected me to politicians, employers and alumni. International study scholarships made my trip to the United Arab Emirates possible. My involvement in Greek life has taken me to conferences across the nation. My work for student media allowed me to cover nationally-televised events. When I think back about USD, it (likely) won’t be classes. It’ll be the opportunities I would have never been granted at other colleges I considered.