Lieutenant of Support Services
USF Police Department
"I hope to help other people continue their education...to be able to give them the Dollars for Scholars, it can allow them to forgo overtime opportunities because the money is still available in a different form through the scholarship...".
Lieutenant Meg Ross, USF Police Department, has been involved with USF on many levels. Not only does she work here, she completed her undergraduate degree here and is currently working on her Master's Degree. The educational benefits provided by USF have led her to philanthropic involvement with the University. "I was a recipient of the Dollars for Scholars Scholarship as an undergraduate, and so I felt that was a very worthwhile way to give back...since I had received it, I felt like it was something that I could do for my coworkers."
Because of her own personal experience, Meg can appreciate the sacrifice, the time, and the commitment that it takes to go to school while working full time. Through her giving she hopes to make a difference for those who are trying to do that very same thing. "I hope to help other people continue their education...to be able to give them the Dollars for Scholars, it can allow them to forgo overtime opportunities to go to school because the money is still available in a different form through of the scholarship...".
Meg can remember times when she was working on her degree when she would have to turn down an opportunity to work a concert or other opportunity because she had class. She said that it was helpful to have the Dollars for Scholars money to help supplement or replace what she was not able to make in overtime, and she wants to provide that same opportunity to others, "...to help co-works who are going to school, and to give them a little something back.".
Meg is currently the Lieutenant of Support Services of the USF Police Department. She grew up in Oregon, but moved to Florida for the sunshine and after living here for a couple of months, Meg was encouraged to apply for a job here at USF. She was hired, and was put through the academy to become a police officer, an area she has worked in for the last 18 1/2 years. USF has provided her with the opportunity to omplete her Bacelor's Degree and she is currently working on a Master's Degree.
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