Beyond the Merit Scholarship…. What Else exists?

Beyond the Merit Scholarship…. What Else exists?

While the merit scholarship program, awarded by the Office of Undergraduate Admission, is the largest merit-based scholarship program offered at USC and does not require any separate application, you can find some merit-based scholarships placed on by various groups on campus that offer scholarships to hundreds of students each year. Some teams 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 separate application in addition to the job for admission, and as the deadlines are approaching fast, you may desire to think of using to any that pertain to you. For the complete listing of merit scholarships and due dates, please visit USC Scholarships and download the PDF in the bottom associated with the web page.

The one that we wish to emphasize could be the Norman Topping scholar Aid Fund (NTSAF). The purpose of this scholarship is always to offer low-income students who have demonstrated a excellent amount of community solution the opportunity to help fund their higher education at USC. But the scholarship spans beyond the reward that is monetary NTSAF works to create a help system for its scholars through access to academic success seminars, monthly faculty lunches, general advising, and also a study break program complete with treats and masseuses!

The number of the award is different for every single Topping Scholar on the basis of the USC Financial Aid Package she or he receives, and is meant to be utilized in combination with any continuing state, federal, and/or USC aid. It’s important to keep in mind that first-generation university students (meaning neither parent graduated from college) also as regional area applicants are given consideration that is primary. However, this scholarship isn’t restricted to these groups that are aforementioned.

Eric Watkins, a junior from Republic, Missouri majoring that is double Political Science and Public Relations, is just a present recipient for the Topping Scholarship. In high school, Eric was a residential district organizer for Obama for America, where he canvassed the streets of his hometown registering voters and garnering support for our now second-term president. Eric also founded a group that is livestrong his high college, where he helped organize fundraising events that earned money for cancer research.

When asked about how a Topping Scholarship has changed his life, Eric says: ‘For me, Norman Topping isn’t a scholarship, but a grouped family members; a support system made up of fellow pupils, faculty and mentors. As a first-generation college student, i have discovered to utilize that support system.’ Aside from the monetary award, the built-in network that the Topping Foundation provides certainly assists guide the often daunting transition from high school student to college scholar. Eric states being a member of the ‘Topping Family’ has generated other opportunities at USC: he’s got become a mentor and frontrunner with other low-income, first-generation students in the community.

Eric has some advice that is sound future USC and Topping applicants: ‘find approaches to harness the relationships you have with teachers and counselors. Great instructors and counselors will allow you to 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 Student Aid Fund, including information on the application process, please visit NTSAF.

Between the Trojan Family and the Topping family, students have access to support that is endless at USC. Fight On!

Getaway Season in Review: A Photo Journey

2013 is already well under way into the working Office of Admission as we carry on to read applications. Like our students, our staff enjoyed a break that is nice entering the workplace to commemorate the holidays with family and friends. In order to provide you with an improved concept of exactly how our staff spends time down, We’ve gathered a pictures that are few emphasize the many activities (and climates!) we experienced through the holiday season that is recent.

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


One of our new blog contributors, Jomar Gomez, dropped down to 1 knee to propose to his girlfriend. (She said yes!)


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


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


Sean Ohira, a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, shared a view that is amazing his journey home over the holiday breaks.


Like lots of our staff, Anne Aubert-Santelli enjoyed the snow throughout a household trip to upstate ny.


Finally, our esteemed Director, Kirk Brennan, shared this photo from his travels to New Jersey.


We hope it was relaxing and you were able to spend quality time with loved ones wherever you spent time over the holidays!