Beyond the Merit Scholarship…. What Else exists?

While the merit scholarship program, awarded by the Office of Undergraduate Admission, could be the largest merit-based scholarship program offered at USC and does not require any separate application, you will 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 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 a separate application in addition to the job for admission, so when the deadlines are quickly approaching, you might want to think about applying to any that pertain to you. For a complete set of merit scholarships and due dates, please visit USC Scholarships and download the PDF at the end of this page.

One that we wish to highlight could be the Norman Topping Student Aid Fund (NTSAF). The reason of this scholarship would be to provide low-income students who have demonstrated a level that is exceptional of service an opportunity to greatly help fund their greater education at USC. But the scholarship spans beyond the financial reward: NTSAF works to create a support system for its scholars through use of academic success seminars, monthly faculty lunches, basic advising, and even a research break program complete with snacks and masseuses!

The quantity of the honor is significantly diffent for each Topping Scholar in line with 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’s important to observe that first-generation college students (meaning neither parent graduated from college) also as local area applicants get consideration that is primary. However, this scholarship is not limited by these groups that are aforementioned.

Eric Watkins, a junior from Republic, Missouri majoring that is double Political Science and Public Relations, is really a current receiver associated with the Topping Scholarship. In senior high school, Eric was a community 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 group that is livestrong his high school, 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 just isn’t a scholarship, however a family members; a support system composed of fellow students, faculty and mentors. As a first-generation college student, I’ve learned to utilize that support system.’ Aside from the monetary award, the built-in system that the Topping Foundation provides certainly assists guide the often daunting transition from high school student to university scholar. Eric claims being a member of the ‘Topping Family’ has led to other possibilities at USC: he’s become a mentor and frontrunner with other low-income, first-generation students inside 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 achieve your goals.’ Eric also notes that you should find service opportunities you are passionate about, regardless of how big or small those passions may seem.

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, students have usage of endless support companies at USC. Fight up On!

Getaway Season in Review: A Photo Journey

2013 is already well under way within the Office of Admission as we continue to read applications. Like our pupils, our staff enjoyed a break that is nice coming into the office to celebrate the vacations with family and friends. In purchase to offer an improved concept of how our staff spends time down, We’ve collected a few photos to emphasize the different activities (and climates!) we experienced through the recent getaway season.

Jessica Howard displayed her Trojan spirit 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 an amazing view from his trip home over the vacations.


Like a lot of our staff, Anne Aubert-Santelli enjoyed the snow during a family journey to upstate New York.


Finally, our esteemed Director, Kirk Brennan, shared this photo from their travels to nj.


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

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