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SCU Senior Stephen Anderson's connection to Fr. Richard Coz began before he was born.
The late Fr. Coz, a Santa Clara teacher and mentor to many alumni, officiated at the wedding of Stephen's parents, Marie '84 and Stephen '84. The family connection continued with the beloved Jesuit priest baptizing Stephen, and his younger brother and sister. Today his connection continues as the recipient of the scholarship honoring Fr. Coz, whose impact endures and still influences the latest generation of Broncos.
"The honor of receiving the Fr. Coz Scholarship is nothing less than extraordinary," Stephen said. "Fr. Coz made a significant impact on my whole family, and his dedication to the Santa Clara community stands as an example of SCU's mission. He left a lasting impression of the Jesuit tradition that I will project in my own life and to those around me."
Stephen is a Communication major and International Business minor from the Willow Glen neighborhood in San Jose. His Santa Clara activities include participating in all seasons of intramural sports and working for three years as a teacher's assistant at the childcare facility, Kids on Campus. He also enjoys hunting with his father and grandfather, also an alumnus who played football on the University's 1950 Orange Bowl team.
After studying abroad last fall and working at internships in sales and marketing for the past three summers, Stephen plans to build on his academic experiences and continue to establish relationships in various industries. He is grateful for the opportunity the Fr. Coz Scholarship provides and the donors who made it possible.
"I would like to thank the donors to this scholarship for their support of Fr. Coz?s legacy," he said. "The preservation of such an astounding Jesuit's example should always be regarded as a pillar that SCU will be known for in generations to come."