Supporting the brilliance of women from different cultures and ways of knowing.

“Building a more sustainable world will need more women engineers.”

-Ania Lopez, World Economic Forum, 2020

One of the most important elements of Master of Science in Engineering, Sustainability and Health (MESH) program is the value of bringing students together from different corners of the world. With this fund, we aim to include students from low-income settings who, without this funding, would not be able to benefit from the program.

We are very excited to support the ability of women to foster and strengthen local capacities.

This program can redress the historical lack of women in leadership positions in engineering and provide opportunities for women to make significant, sustainable impacts in their local environments.


Of minority women make up the STEM workforce.
According to NSF


Of green inventions developed in Korea involved women, followed by Colombia (24%) Chile (18%) and Mexico (17%)



Will sponsor a full scholarship.

Fast facts

How can you help?

How to Donate

Donors can email Elisa Lurkis or call (619) 260-7913.
You can use this direct giving link

How will your donation be utilized?

All donations will directly support the ability of women from low-income countries to complete the MESH program and share the benefits of their acquired knowledge and skills within their local contexts.

How is the scholarship awarded?

Any woman from a low-income country who qualifies for the program can apply for the scholarship. Our MESH academic director and co-director will review the applications, select finalists to interview, and award scholarships based on need, vision, and potential to benefit low-income settings.

Fund updates

Check back here often, to stay up to date with fund news

Launching the Women Imagine the Future Fund

The event on March 31st 2022 was an Idea Forum that included expert panelists from all over the world. Watch the video here

First Sponsor!

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USD would like to thank Paragon Institute of Innovation. For being the first donor of a full-ride scholarship for this fund. Thanks to their generous donation one qualified woman from a low-income setting will be able to enroll in MESH and bring new solutions to their community.

First Scholarship awarded!

We would like to congratulate Lilian Maruti for being awarded the first Women Imagine the Future scholarship.

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About the Master of Science in Engineering, Sustainability and Health (MESH)

When our challenges are global, our solutions cannot be siloed into one single discipline. The MESH program will reach across disciplines and borders to discover innovative, transdisciplinary approaches to our current and future challenges.

MS in Engineering, sustainability and Health At A Glance

20 Months
30 Units
September 3
August 2

Degree Questions?

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More about the University of San Diego?

Non-for profit university

An established, prestigious university with a long history and a great reputation. Offers a practical, relevant curriculum geared toward career advancement.

Flexible schedule

Our flexible schedule is ideal for working professionals that juggle diverse projects

Top-ranked, accredited university

The MS-ESH degree program is offered through USD’s Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering – Ranked #13 among the nation’s non-doctoral-granting schools by U.S. News & World Report.

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Committed to creating a Just World

Our Culture embraces environmentally and socially responsible practices and processes through student action, faculty research, curricula, and daily operations; resulting in lasting change for both society and the world.

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