Beyond the Merit Scholarship…. What Else exists?

Beyond the Merit Scholarship…. What Else exists?

Beyond the Merit Scholarship…. What Else exists?

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 require any split application, you will find some merit-based scholarships put on by various groups on campus that provide scholarships to hundreds of students every year. Some teams that award such scholarships consist of 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 an application that is separate addition to your application for admission, so that as the deadlines are approaching fast, you might wish to think about using to any that pertain to you. For the list that is complete of scholarships and deadlines, please visit USC Scholarships and download the PDF in the bottom regarding the page.

One that we want to emphasize could be the Norman Topping Student help Fund (NTSAF). The reason of this scholarship is always to offer low-income students whom have demonstrated a excellent degree of community service an opportunity to simply help fund their greater education at USC. But the scholarship spans beyond the monetary reward: NTSAF works to create a help system for its scholars through use of academic success seminars, monthly faculty lunches, basic advising, and even a research break program complete with treats and masseuses!

The quantity of the honor is different for every Topping Scholar in line with the USC Financial Aid Package she or he receives, and is intended to be utilized in combination with any state, federal, and/or USC aid. You will need to note that first-generation university students (meaning neither parent graduated from college) also as regional area applicants receive primary consideration. However, this scholarship isn’t limited 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 of the Topping Scholarship. In senior high school, Eric was a residential district 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 college, where he helped organize fundraising events that earned money for cancer research.

When asked about how the Topping Scholarship has changed his life, Eric says: ‘For me, Norman Topping just isn’t a scholarship, but a grouped household; 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 claims learning to be a member of the ‘Topping Family’ has resulted in other opportunities at USC: he has become a mentor and frontrunner with other low-income, first-generation students within the community.

Eric has some advice that is sound future USC and Topping applicants: ‘find ways to harness the relationships you have with teachers and counselors. Great teachers and counselors will help you reach your goals.’ Eric also 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 usage of endless help networks at USC. Fight On!

Holiday Season in Review: A Photo Journey

2013 is already well under way within the Office of Admission once we carry on to read applications. Like our pupils, our staff enjoyed a nice break from coming into the workplace to celebrate the vacations with relatives and buddies. In purchase to provide you with a much better concept of just how our staff spends time down, We’ve collected a pictures that are few emphasize the various activities (and climates!) we experienced throughout the recent vacation season.

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


One of our new weblog contributors, Jomar Gomez, dropped down to 1 leg to propose to their gf. (She said 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 pizza that is making!


Sean Ohira, a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, shared a view that is amazing his journey home within the holidays.


Like many of our staff, Anne Aubert-Santelli enjoyed the snow throughout a grouped family trip to upstate New York.


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