Compass Campaign: Scholarship Endowment
Dr. Allison Metz
SI Parent and Regent Emeritus
My SI Story
Coming from the Southeast, we didn’t know much about the city, but we knew this: SI was an excellent place.
As “transplants” we didn’t know much about the history and culture of the secondary school system in San Francisco, but we did hear that St. Ignatius was an excellent school. We were delighted when Leon was admitted to SI. It didn’t take long for him to bond with a core group of friends, and they are still very close to this day. My husband and I made it a point to get to know their parents, who welcomed us into the SI community.
My father was overjoyed when he heard that his grandsons would be attending SI. He went to a Jesuit school in Kingston, Jamaica, and all throughout my childhood, he spoke about the value of AMDG — of doing what you can for the greater glory of God.
Later, when my last son left SI, I served on the Board of Regents for six years and worked on the admissions committee to help ensure that SI was diverse. I did this in the spirit of my husband, who had been a Regent for four years before his death. He had reached out to the African American community to let them know that SI would welcome them and that they would succeed here if they put their mind to it.
I consider SI to be a gem, and I know that we can still do better regarding diversity. SI has so much to offer the greater community and should reflect the greater community. That’s why my family endowed a scholarship and named it for my late husband — Dr. Leon Metz. Every year, we are able to help a student who doesn’t have the means to attend SI but who has the personality and drive to succeed here.
I’m proud of how well my children did at SI and beyond. Leon ’96, who works as an accountant in San Francisco, just found out that he has passed all four sections of the CPA exam. The biology major is now a full-fledged CPA. Lionel ’98, who completed a 6-year residency in Orthopedics at UCSF last summer, will complete a one-year spine surgery fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis next month. He recently signed a contract to come back to UCSF as an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, where he will do research, perform surgery and teach. Laurence ’01 has been Director of Basketball Activities at Villa Sports Athletic Club and Spa in Beaverton, Oregon, since April of last year. And my daughter, who just missed coming to SI before it went coed, is also following in her parents’ footsteps. She is a Family Medicine Physician at the Apple campus in Cupertino, caring for employees there.
If possible, we hope our scholarship helps a student who is African American, but it doesn’t have to be an African American. All we hope for is that it honors my husband’s legacy and provides students with the kind of education that my sons were lucky enough to receive.
I hope all of this truly honors my husband and all that he stood for. I have faith that it does.
Dr. Allison Metz
Dermatologist, former SI Regent and former SI Parent