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, is the largest merit-based scholarship program offered at USC and does not need any separate application, you can find some merit-based scholarships put on by various groups on campus that offer scholarships to hundreds of students every year. Some teams that award such scholarships include 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, so that as the deadlines are quickly approaching, you may possibly want to think about using to any that pertain to you. For a list that is complete of scholarships and deadlines, please visit USC Scholarships and download the PDF in the bottom associated with page.

The one that we wish to emphasize could be the Norman Topping Student Aid Fund (NTSAF). The point of this scholarship would be to provide low-income students who have demonstrated a exceptional level of community solution the opportunity to help fund their greater education at USC. But the scholarship spans beyond the reward that is monetary NTSAF works to produce a help system for its scholars through access to academic success seminars, monthly faculty lunches, general advising, and even a research break program complete with treats and masseuses!

The level of the honor is significantly diffent for each Topping Scholar on the basis of the USC Financial Aid Package he or she receives, and is supposed to be used in combination with any state, federal, and/or USC aid. It is critical to keep in mind that first-generation university students (meaning neither parent graduated from college) also as local area applicants receive primary consideration. However, this scholarship is not limited by these groups that are aforementioned.

Eric Watkins, a junior from Republic, Missouri double majoring in Political Science and Public Relations, is just a present receiver of 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 second-term president. Eric also founded A livestrong group at his high college, where he assisted 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 family; a support system made up of fellow students, faculty and mentors. As a first-generation college student, i have learned to utilize that support system.‘ besides the monetary award, the built-in network that the Topping Foundation provides certainly helps guide the often daunting transition from high school student to college scholar. Eric says learning to be a person in the ‚Topping Family‘ has generated other possibilities at USC: he has become a mentor and leader to many other low-income, first-generation students inside the community.

Eric has some sound advice for future USC and Topping applicants: ‚find methods to harness the relationships you have with teachers and counselors. Great instructors and counselors can 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 household, students have use of endless help systems at USC. Fight up On!

Getaway Season in Review: A Photo Journey

2013 is already well under way in the Office of Admission even as we carry on to read applications. Like our students, our staff enjoyed a nice break from coming into the workplace to commemorate the breaks with relatives and buddies. In order to give you a better concept of how our staff spends time down, We’ve collected a few photos to emphasize the different activities (and climates!) we experienced throughout the recent getaway season.

Jessica Howard exhibited 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 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 a view that is amazing his trip house within the holidays.


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


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


Wherever you spent time over the holiday season, develop it was relaxing and you also had the ability to spend quality time with loved ones!