Family Traditions

ShoresA deep commitment to higher education runs through the family histories of Nua and Michael Shores.

Nua’s great aunt, Hazel Smith, was the first woman to graduate from the College of Dentistry at the University of Illinois, Chicago. With an inheritance from Aunt Hazel—and in her honor—Nua’s mother endowed a scholarship for women dental students in Iowa, where Nua’s mother was born.

Michael’s mother became a respected pediatric nurse in Modesto after graduating from St. Francis Memorial Hospital’s nursing school in San Francisco. Though she never had a college education, she worked to ensure that her son did. Michael graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in mathematics, while Nua is a double Aztec, earning a psychology degree in 1971 and a Masters of Social Work in 1980.

Influential professors
Nua’s memories of her student days revolve around several influential professors. An introductory psychology class with Ivan McCollum inspired her to change her major from nursing to psychology.

Another influential professor, Robert Karen, taught behavior modification theory. For his class, Nua did field work in a school for young students with learning disabilities. She was thrilled when her one-on-one sessions with a third grader greatly advanced the child’s reading skills.

Full-ride scholarships
It’s not surprising that when the Shores sat down to write their will, they decided to give back to higher education. Their planned gift will endow two full-ride scholarships—one for nursing students and another for students majoring in social work.

“We realized that we are fortunate enough to be able to do this, and we decided to benefit San Diego State,” Nua said.

The Shores’ gift is one of nearly 200 revocable and irrevocable planned gifts, totaling about $90 million, received during The Campaign for SDSU.

Honoring family
Planned gifts are crucial because they allow donors and family members to strengthen SDSU for future generations of students and faculty. Many donors derive pleasure from naming the gift to honor a family member or mentor. In endowing the Christine Markiewith Memorial Nursing Scholarship Endowment, the Shores recognized Michael’s mother and her pediatric nursing career.

“That first giving experience to SDSU was very gratifying,” Michael said, “and then we found we had the resources to make another gift.”

The Michael and Nua Shores Social Work Scholarship Endowment honors Nua’s lifetime of work and recognizes SDSU’s role in preparing her for a meaningful career.