Beyond the Merit Scholarship…. What Else is Out There?

Beyond the Merit Scholarship…. What Else is Out There?

While the merit scholarship program, granted by the Office of Undergraduate Admission, may be the biggest merit-based scholarship program offered at USC and does not need any separate application, you will find some merit-based scholarships placed on by various groups on campus that provide scholarships to hundreds of students each year. Some groups that award scholarships that are such the Latino Alumni Association, the Black Alumni Association, Town and Gown (for Southern California residents), the Lambda LGBT Alumni Association, etc. These merit scholarships do indeed require a split application in addition to your application for admission, so that as the deadlines are approaching fast, you may want to think of using to any that pertain to you. For the list that is complete of scholarships and due dates, please visit USC Scholarships and download the PDF at the bottom of the page.

One which we want to emphasize could be the Norman Topping Student Aid Fund (NTSAF). The reason of this scholarship would be to offer low-income students who have demonstrated a exceptional degree of community service an opportunity to aid fund their greater education at USC. But the scholarship spans beyond the reward that is monetary NTSAF works to create a support system for its scholars through access to academic success seminars, monthly faculty lunches, basic advising, and even a report break program complete with snacks and masseuses!

The quantity of the prize is significantly diffent for every single Topping Scholar in line with the USC Financial Aid Package he or she receives, and is supposed to be utilized in combination with any continuing state, federal, and/or USC aid. You will need to remember that first-generation college students (meaning neither parent graduated from college) also as neighborhood area applicants get primary consideration. However, this scholarship isn’t restricted to these aforementioned groups.

Eric Watkins, a junior from Republic, Missouri double majoring in Political Science and Public Relations, is really a current receiver associated with the Topping Scholarship. In senior school, Eric was a residential area organizer for Obama for America, where he canvassed the roads of his hometown registering voters and garnering support for our now president that is second-term. Eric also founded a group that is livestrong his high school, where he assisted organize fundraising events that earned money for cancer research.

When asked about the way the Topping Scholarship has changed his life, Eric says: ‘For me, Norman Topping isn’t a scholarship, but a grouped family; a support system made up of fellow pupils, faculty and mentors. The built-in network that the Topping Foundation provides certainly helps guide the often daunting transition from high school student to college scholar as a first-generation college student, I’ve learned to utilize that support system.’ Aside from the monetary award. Eric says learning to be a member of the ‘Topping Family’ has resulted in other possibilities at USC: he’s become a mentor and leader to other low-income, first-generation students within the community.

Eric has some advice that is sound future USC and Topping applicants: ‘find methods to harness the relationships you have actually with teachers and counselors. Great teachers and counselors will help you reach finally your goals.’ Eric additionally notes you are passionate about, no matter how big or small those passions may seem that it is important to find service opportunities.

For more detailed information about the Norman Topping scholar Aid Fund, including information on the application process, please visit NTSAF.

Between the Trojan Family and the Topping family members, students have usage of endless help companies at USC. Fight On!

Holiday Season in Review: A Photo Journey

2013 is already well under way into the working Office of Admission even as we carry on to read applications. Like our pupils, our staff enjoyed a nice break from entering the office to commemorate the vacations with family and friends. In order to offer a better idea of just how our staff spends time down, I’ve gathered a few pictures to highlight the various activities (and climates!) we experienced throughout the recent holiday season.

Jessica Howard displayed her Trojan nature as she skied in Colorado, while Becky Chassin enjoyed a vacation to Cabo, Mexico.


One of our brand new web log contributors, Jomar Gomez, dropped down to at least one leg to propose to his gf. (She stated yes!)


While Yamilet Medina Lopez posed near a snowman in Mammoth, Kenley Turville sledded with her dog and family in Utah!


Samantha Schreiber experienced the wonders of Italy, which included visiting the Leaning Tower of Pisa and making pizza!


Sean Ohira, a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, shared an amazing view from their journey home on the breaks.


Like a lot of our staff, Anne Aubert-Santelli enjoyed the snow during a grouped family trip to upstate ny.


Finally, our esteemed Director, Kirk Brennan, shared this photo from his travels to nj-new jersey.


Wherever you spent time over the holidays, develop it was relaxing and you also were able to spend quality time with family members!