Keith Schomig ’13, ’17

Alumni Board President and USF Trustee Gives to USF in Father’s Honor

Q) What inspired you to give a gift to USF in his honor of your father?

A) My father, George Schomig, served in the USMC and fought in the Vietnam War. He dropped out of high school but received his GED, then worked hard as a great provider for our family. More importantly he was always there and taught us love and the definition of hard work. In 2016, he was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis. My brother and I wanted to do something special for him, so we set up a USF award in his name. He always has seen the value in higher education and we want his legacy to carry on long after he is gone.

Q) What is important about philanthropy and “giving back,” to you? What makes USF one of the lucky places that gets to benefit from your support and generosity?

A) I went back to school as an adult and USF has changed my life for the better– I’m proud to be a Saint! Also, my brother– a USMC vet who served in Desert Storm– and I are in a place where we can help others. We wanted to honor our dad by honoring others that have served. The award will go to the son/daughter of a veteran, which just makes sense. Hopefully one day, the people that receive the award will “pay it forward”.

Q) We know you will soon be finishing your master’s degree in Training & Development here at USF. What has it been like to go through the program and what do you plan to do when you graduate?

A) The MSTD program has been challenging and rewarding at the same time. I wanted to come back to be a role model for my daughter, Charlotte—who, with my wife, Michaelene, have been my biggest supporters during my graduate program. They have allowed me to continue to grow and reach my goals. I selected the MSTD program because of Bonnie Covelli in the College of Business & Health Administration. I had the privilege to do an internship under her and she changed my life for the better. At a time in my life when I was rediscovering myself, Bonnie believed in me. My goal is to teach at USF down the road, I want to give back to the place that has given me so much. I also hope that one day, Charlotte will want to attend USF!