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Brutoco Scholarship Closes Need Gap, Enables Los Angeles-Area Catholic High School Grads to Attend Santa Clara University
Thursday, Jun. 3, 2010
SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 3, 2010—Jesus Gonzalez wasn’t counting on going to a private university 400 miles away from home. But thanks to a new scholarship from SCU alumna Diana Burgos Brutoco, the international baccalaureate student and varsity soccer player is headed to Santa Clara University next year.
A portion of Gonzalez’s tuition is being paid by the Diana Burgos Brutoco Select Scholarship, a new, multi-year fund created by Dr. Rudolf Brutoco ’74 and his wife Diana’74. The gift was created to help close the “need gap” for up to three qualified students annually from the Brutocos’ high school alma mater, Bishop Amat Memorial in La Puente, Calif.
“When I was applying to Santa Clara University, it looked for a while that my financial aid package wasn’t going to meet all my needs,” said alumna Brutoco. But the school came back and blessed me with an additional, even more generous scholarship, which enabled me to attend a university that has become extremely important to me and my family,” she added “This ‘Select Scholarship’ is my chance to play the same role, helping other students who have the skills but not quite the means to attend SCU.”
The Brutocos are longtime supporters of SCU. Along with their extended family (including the last names Brutoco, Brutocao, Malcolm, Marquis, Morse, and Moreno) they established the Louis and Dorina Brutocao Award for Teaching Excellence and the Brutocao Family Foundation Award for Curriculum Innovation—annual awards honoring faculty who excel in the quality or creativity of their teaching.
“We are gratified to know that the students affected by this scholarship will go on and make a positive difference for their families and their communities,” said Rudi Brutoco. “And we know that many, like Diana, will choose to “pay it forward’ as well,” he added.
The Brutocos said they established the scholarship to express their gratitude to both Bishop Amat and to Santa Clara University, to increase applications and acceptance rates to SCU from Amat students, and to increase awareness of the two schools of one another. The recurring grant is part of Santa Clara University’s Los Angeles Project, which reaches out to high schools in the Los Angeles Archdiocese serving diverse and disadvantaged communities.
Using donations such as these, Santa Clara is able to offer a greater number of applicants a financial-aid package that typically combines SCU scholarships, alumni funds, loans, and work-study.
“The alumni money supplements the University’s scholarship dollars, closing that last dollar gap between what the families need to get here and the other resources they have,” said James Purcell, vice president for university relations at Santa Clara University.
According to Purcell, the efforts have had a measurable impact. Last year, 137 students from the targeted L.A. Catholic high schools applied, and 19 ended up receiving special assistance under the programs. This year, 153 applied and 15 are expected to receive assistance.
The Brutocos are hoping that more L.A.–based alumni will see how much good they can do with scholarship funds, and contribute to similar efforts. “It’s great to be able to push these deserving students over the top, and we hope more L.A. area alumni will realize how much difference they can make,” said Dr. Brutoco.
The couple attended Bishop Amat together. Diana earned her B.S. in sociology from SCU in 1974, having received a scholarship in honor of Everett Alvarez ’60, a POW shot down in Vietnam. As a student, she was instrumental in starting the Kids on Campus daycare program, and was a Golden Circle Volunteer. Since graduation, she and her husband have promoted SCU through alumni calling, college nights at local high schools, hosting or speaking at gatherings for prospective and other activities. Diana has successfully battled two cancers, and was the recipient of a medically groundbreaking bone marrow transplant. She remains active in various philanthropic, community, and business activities.
Dr. Brutoco, a pediatrician specializing in behavioral and developmental medicine in Irvine, Calif., received a B.S. in psychology from SCU in 1977 (after leaving his 1974 class early to attend medical school). Dr. Brutoco has a master’s in public health from UCLA, completed a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Yale School of Medicine, did his residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at University of Southern California/Los Angeles County Medical Center.
He was the founding chief of the Division of Behavioral and Developmental Medicine at Children's Hospital of Orange County, and in 2002 received the Santa Clara Alumni Association’s Ignatian Award for a “lifetime of distinguished service to humanity.”
“Everything I’ve ever accomplished has been with Diana behind me, with me, and often in front of me,” said Dr. Brutoco. “We’ve been sharing life’s journey for more than 40 years, with our foundational years at Bishop Amat and Santa Clara. That’s one big reason we remain so appreciative of both our alma maters,” he added.
The couple has raised four children including son Marcus who is currently an SCU Law student. They happily anticipate the birth of their first grandchild this summer.
About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 8,600 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, theology, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees, and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see www.scu.edu.
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