USC Rossier establishes scholarship in memory of MFT student

Kelsey P. Dresser Memorial Scholarship to be awarded annually to a meritorious student

USC Rossier has established a scholarship in memory of Kelsey Dresser, a student in the Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program who was killed in a car accident in December 2015. Dresser began the program in the summer of 2015 and was a member of the cohort that will be receiving master’s degrees this Friday.

Kelsey Dresser, in the photo she used on her Facebook page.

“Our community continues to mourn the loss of Kelsey, a bright, promising young student who was dedicated to helping others,” says USC Rossier Dean Karen Symms Gallagher. “Kelsey was beloved by the faculty and her fellow students in the MFT program.”

In her honor, the university has established the Kelsey P. Dresser Memorial Scholarship, to be awarded each year to a meritorious student pursuing a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at USC Rossier. Each year, one student in the program will be selected for a $15,000 scholarship, which will be the largest scholarship to date in the MFT program.

Dresser was born in Billings, Mont., in 1992 and grew up in Connecticut and San Diego County, Calif. She studied psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she graduated in 2014.

Dresser will forever be a member of the Trojan Family, as symbolized by USC’s establishment of the scholarship. Through the award of the scholarship every year, her memory will live on, and she will continue to be honored here at USC for many years to come.