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“The reason I want to help others is rooted in my family background. My story is the epitome of the American dream. I see where my family came from, where I am now, and I see others in need. To ignore it just doesn’t sit right.”

David’s father, Angel, arrived in the United States at age three and life in Baltimore began for his family and the generations that preceded him. “My family always lived in Baltimore, so this community is very important to me,” says David. “I have an appreciation for the difference three generations can make.”

David describes his father as “the best and hardest working person I ever met, working three jobs at a time to keep a roof over my head, food on the table and clothes on my back” and acknowledges that education was key to his success. It was his TU experience and his own hard work, that led to his current role as Senior Vice President, Chief Audit Executive for Exelon, a Fortune 100 utility company. He describes his career progression as “definitely something I never expected.”

He established the Rita Lynn Diaz Business and Economics Memorial Scholarship, which covers the full tuition and fees for an incoming freshman enrolled in the College of Business & Economics and who participates in student groups or serves the community. The genesis of his gift was the desire to help others, honor his mother that always pushed him to be better than he thought he could be and do something special for his father. “My mom has been gone for 17 years now,” David says. “She was my dad’s whole world – their love for each other and for me is something special and I am so blessed by it.”

“I’m a firm, true believer that if you can help one person, you can help many. And so, if anything in my story can help motivate others, that’s really what I’m looking to do.”

When asked why others should consider supporting TU students through scholarship gifts, he says “It all ties back to the model of help one, help many and completely change a life trajectory for generations to come. Being able to positively impact one person, it’s kind of like ripples in water. Find that thing you’re passionate about, and do it.”

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