SDSU BRIDGES is a group dynamic women convened to promote SDSU to the community. It was established in 1999 by Susan K. Weber, wife of the seventh president of San Diego State University.
The organization meets quarterly to enhance knowledge and "Bridge" the University with the community.
SDSU BRIDGES supports lifelong learning by linking the community to the university, showcasing programs, and providing scholarships.
A Life Well and Generously Lived
We are sad to learn of the passing of our founder Susan K. Weber. Susan was the inspiration
behind the formation of the SDSU BRIDGES group in 1999. Under her guidance we became
a close knit group of women supporting SDSU and the many opportunities provided for
faculty and students. Our mission has been to support lifelong learning by linking
the community to the university, showcasing programs, and providing scholarships.
Through the formation of BRIDGES, and ultimately the BRIDGES Scholarship Endowment
Fund, Susan has left a life-long legacy to the university. Since 2009 we have provided
Susan K. Weber scholarships to nine students enrolled in the SDSU honors program.
We will miss Susan's laugh but our memories will comfort us.
The Life of Susan K. Weber
Ensuring our scholars are able to pursue their academic dreams…
We are proud to announce a generous, anonymous donor proposed a challenge grant to raise additional funds for the BRIDGES Endowment Fund.
There are four ways you can participate with a tax-deductible gift to the SDSU BRIDGES Endowment Fund:
- BRIDGES Tribute Card
Donate in honor of someone special with a BRIDGES Tribute Card.
- Direct Contribution
Donate any amount to the BRIDGES Endowment Fund or the Susan K. Weber Scholarship.
Pledge a gift amount and make several annual payments.
- Planned Giving
Establish a Planned Gift or Bequest directed to the BRIDGES Endowment Fund.
Options for Processing Your Donation
- Print the BRIDGES Endowment Fund Form and mail it in with your check.
- Give online with your credit card using the "Make a Gift Link" on this page.
Note: Online giving allows you to make one donation at a time using your credit card with our secure, third party vendor.
- Set up a pledge and payment plan by contacting Megan Beardsley at (619) 594-2277.
BRIDGES Scholarship Recipients
Year: Sophomore| Major: Biology
Kevin Myron is a fourth generation, second-year student in the Weber Honors College at SDSU, studying Biology and a double minor in honors interdisciplinary studies and leadership. On campus, he currently serves as President of Zura Residence Hall Council, is actively involved in Rotaract of SDSU, and helps fellow Aztecs as an undergraduate teaching assistant for a molecular biology lab. In addition, he is a member of the Community Service and Campus Community Commission of Associated Students. Off campus, he is a member of the Kiwanis Youth Development Support club that strives to provide additional support to local student-led community service organizations. Kevin participated in a seven-week teaching fellowship in Western Massachusetts through Generation Teach over the summer. He taught multiple sections of STEAM classes to middle school students and received constructive feedback from current instructors on how to improve. This year, he is serving as a Resident Advisor for first-year students to help mentor and guide them to become more involved on campus and reach new heights.
Year: Junior| Major: Hospitality & Tourism Management
Shannon Dalton is currently a third-year student in the Weber Honors College. She is majoring in Hospitality & Tourism Management and minoring in Leadership and Interdisciplinary Studies. She volunteers as a Peer Leadership Consultant through Student Life & Leadership where she presents workshops to various student groups on time management, conflict resolution, and other key skills. In her first semester, Shannon served as Pledge Class Secretary of Alpha Kappa Psi, a business fraternity on campus, and is hoping to become the VP of Communications for the fraternity next semester. She is heavily involved in Alpha Kappa Psi’s Philanthropy Committee in which her team raises money for Eunime, an orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico for children with HIV and AIDS, and gives professional workshops to at-risk high schoolers to help them obtain jobs. Through her leadership curriculum, she currently tutors a foster youth,and helps her advance to perform at grade-level standards. Shannon enthusiastically accepted an internship with Marriott International last summer, where she explored the inner-workings of the industry she hopes to someday pursue a career in.
Year: Senior| Major: Spanish and Linguistics
From: Napa, CA
Sophia Cole is a fourth-year student in the Weber Honors College majoring in Spanish and minoring in Interdisciplinary Studies. She is pursuing a second major in Linguistics with an emphasis on Teaching English as a Second Language. She serves as a student liaison through Aztec P.R.I.D.E., which connects current SDSU students with alumni and donors. She is the Vice President of Programming of Planned Parenthood Generation Action, and works as a Desk Assistant at Chapultepec Residence Hall. She studied abroad during her junior year at the University of Granada in Spain, where she immersed herself in local Spanish culture and took classes that improved her fluency.
Year: Senior | Major: Statistics
From: Oceanside, CA
Justine Poulin is a senior scholar in the Weber Honors College. She is majoring in Statistics and minoring in International Studies and Honors in Interdisciplinary Studies. She studied abroad in South Korea at Chung-ang University. She has been awarded a competitive scholarship through the university to work at the Global Lounge on campus where she helps Korean students with their English speaking and writing skills. She conducted a cross-cultural, quantitative research study on volunteerism that will compare Korean and American university students. On campus, she is a part of the Korean Student Association (KSA), where she has served as the Public Relations Officer for two years, and Circle K. Circle K is a student-led organization which embodies the tenets of leadership, fellowship, and service at the local, district and international levels. Since awarded the Bridges scholarship in November 2014, Justine completed over 80 hours of community service and continues devoting more time to helping the community.
BRIDGES Scholarship Recipient Graduates
CLASS OF 2018
"Thank you to everyone who makes the SDSU BRIDGES Scholarship possible! You have impacted my life profoundly. From ensuring that I studied abroad to providing mentorship and guidance throughout my university career, I cannot express enough gratitude to each of you. This scholarship continues to better the lives of students, and I am thankful to be a part of that legacy."
CLASS OF 2016
"Thank you to the Bridges community for your ongoing support to help me accomplish my academic and professional goals."
"Thanks to the SDSU BRIDGES Scholarship, I was able to fully engage in everything SDSU had to offer. In addition, the SDSU BRIDGES Scholarship allowed me to study abroad in England. I can't thank the SDSU BRIDGES Susan K. Weber Scholarship Committee enough for providing me with this opportunity!"
CLASS OF 2015
ZOE SAND, B.S., Cellular and Molecular Biology
I think about all of the great opportunities I’ve had while at SDSU. Being a BRIDGES Scholar has been one of the greatest honors I’ve been given. This scholarship has helped me through three academic years, including support for my study abroad program this last summer in China. The people I have met through my involvement with BRIDGES have helped me to get to my placement in a research lab on campus. This year I will be a Research Associate at Roka Bioscience. Roka Bioscience is dedicated to developing rapid, highly accurate molecular assays and instrument systems for the Food Safety Industry.
JESSICA LINMAN, B.S., Hospitality & Tourism
Jessica says: “I am grateful for the BRIDGES scholarship because it will help me pay my out of state tuition and enable me to get the most out of my education here at SDSU. I also want to thank the inspirational and loving members of the BRIDGES committee.”
CLASS OF 2013
ARIEL RAWSON, B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies: Anthropology, Psychology, ISCOR
Ariel says: “The award was so meaningful and it helped me pursue my aspirations and continue my pursuit of knowledge. This scholarship afforded me the opportunity to study abroad, complete an honors thesis, and enabled me to focus my efforts towards the quality of my academic work.” Ariel is a current graduate student at Ohio State University. Upon completing her Masters Degree in Geography, she will earn a doctorate in Geography to conduct research in political ecology.
VICTORIA CUESO, B.A., Liberal Arts and Sciences in Spanish
Victoria says: “I’m grateful for this award. I had the opportunity to make the most of my education while at SDSU and I am grateful for the support. The BRIDGES scholarship supported my study abroad in Granada, Spain, as well as finish my undergraduate studies in three years." My goal is to complete a teaching credential and master's degree in education and to make a positive impact on future students.
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