Since 2021, David Malcolm, a San Diego-based real estate expert, community leader, and entrepreneur, has supported students' educational journeys through his annual scholarship program. Awardees have overcome obstacles in their lives and seek support to continue their higher education. This year's recipient is Zander Pitrus, a dedicated and passionate freshman at Duke University who will use the scholarship to continue pursuing his passion for justice.
As part of the application process, Pitrus composed a compelling essay detailing his turbulent childhood journey. His story concerns perseverance, passion, dedication, and an unwavering commitment to success.
Pitrus has lived alone since the age of 15, largely due to his commitment to escape an unhealthy and abuse-filled home life. He and his siblings suffered various verbal and physical abuse and neglect at the hands of both of their parents.
The injustices that he encountered throughout his early life inspired him to pursue a career in law so that he could help others in similar situations. Pitrus wants to become a "faithful trustee" and thereby seek justice for the defenseless and helpless.
Despite his young age, Pitrus clearly understands what it means to advocate for others. While in high school, he was appointed as a member of his school's Summit Council and later elected to the School Site Council. Ultimately, he became a Grossmont Union High School District Council member, representing more than 22,000 students.
Additionally, he had the opportunity to serve as a senior advisor for California State Senator Brian Jones. This experience helped Pitrus better understand how to serve and advocate for others in a way that fosters meaningful change.
He has continued his commitment to serving others as a Duke University student, having already joined the Office of Education Student Advisory Board, the Duke Student Government Judiciary, and the Office of Student Conduct.
Unsurprisingly, Pitrus has a clear set of goals, including attending law school, becoming a prosecutor, and ultimately being appointed a federal judge. He is laying the framework for a successful career in the legal profession by serving as a research assistant for a political science professor and is also involved with the Duke Moot Court and Undergraduate Law Magazine.
While David Malcolm and the scholarship he awarded to Zander Pitrus play only a small role in this inspiring journey, Malcolm is pleased to be a part of it.
About David Malcolm
David Malcolm is a San Diego-based community leader, entrepreneur, and real estate expert. Having a long and successful career in real estate, he knows the importance of giving back. Among his various philanthropic endeavors, Malcolm is most passionate about helping people experiencing homelessness get their lives back on track. He and his wife, Annie, also support two San Diego gymnasiums and other charitable nonprofits.