DUSA Recipient Experiences

Student Christian Sesek with Fr. HoganChristian Sesek

B.M., Mary Pappert School of Music, 2018
Duquesne University School of Law, Class of 2021

"College tuition is expensive. Seniors preparing to take the next step in their education, often underestimate additional costs associated with standardized tests, relative study materials, and school application fees. Like many of my peers I am not alone in charging these expenses, then working over the summer to pay them off. I was overjoyed to receive my Duquesne Law acceptance, knowing I was one step closer to my dream profession. As a condition of acceptance, students are required to secure their seat with a mandatory seat deposit. I assumed that cost would be charged as well. Father Hogan would not hear of it. Not only did Father cover my seat deposit, he covered the cost of my 1L textbooks. It's one thing to open a text book, believe in yourself, and believe in your ability to grasp the material. It's another to know that someone else believes in you and supports your learning - that is Father Sean Hogan.

Throughout my time on the bluff, Father Hogan has served as a font of guidance and knowledge, continually offering words of encouragement and wisdom. Each semester, it's a privilege to reconnect over lunch at Trinity Hall. It has been my honor to attend Duquesne for my undergraduate and legal education. That said, having made Father Hogan's acquaintance further enriched my experience, and I am forever grateful."

Ana Maravic

M.A., McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, 2018

"This scholarship helped me stay in America and get my Master's degree. Not many people from my country got this chance and I am so grateful for this opportunity. Coming to America has changed my life completely. I have been working hard to get where I am now, and I consider myself fortunate for being here. My educational pursuits would not be possible without support from Father Hogan. Thank you for enabling me this opportunity. I hope I will be able to give back to other future international students like myself."