Businesswoman's Gift Fuels Passion to Transform Students to Leaders
Margo Souza, former president and CEO of Turlock's Circle H Dairy Ranch Inc., committed $1 million through a planned gift to establish an endowed fund for The Margo F. Souza Leadership Center — a multi-faceted leadership program — housed within UC Merced's Office of Student Life.
Souza, an alumna of Seattle University, said graduating from college enriched her life immensely. Her passion for leadership and desire to help youth led her to donate to the newest UC campus, UC Merced. She believes the leadership center will be the catalyst to guide students — more than 60 percent who are the first in the family to earn a college degree — to become strong leaders and contributing members of society.
Souza's gift is transforming our students into the San Joaquin Valley's next leaders. The leadership center encompasses a wide-range of campus leadership initiatives, including the Margo Souza Entrepreneur-in-Training Track and the Mentorship and Celebration Lunch. Programing includes conferences to foster the entrepreneurial spirit that is embedded in the campus culture, such as the campus's annual Student Leadership Conference – which Souza participated at in September 2013.
– Margo Souza
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