Beyond the Merit Scholarship…. What Else exists?

Every year 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, there are some merit-based scholarships put on by various groups on campus that provide scholarships to hundreds of students. 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, and as the deadlines are quickly approaching, you’ll desire to think about using to any that pertain to you. For a complete variety of merit scholarships and due dates, please visit USC Scholarships and download the PDF at the end associated with web page.

The one that we want to highlight is the Norman Topping scholar Aid Fund (NTSAF). The point of this scholarship is to provide low-income students who have demonstrated a excellent level of community solution an opportunity to simply help fund their higher education at USC. But the scholarship spans beyond the financial reward: NTSAF works to produce a support system for its scholars through access to academic success seminars, monthly faculty lunches, general advising, and also a report break program complete with treats and masseuses!

The number of the prize is different for every single 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 continuing state, federal, and/or USC aid. You should remember that first-generation college students (meaning neither parent graduated from college) also as regional area applicants get consideration that is primary. However, this scholarship is not limited to these aforementioned groups.

Eric Watkins, a junior from Republic, Missouri majoring that is double Political Science and Public Relations, is a current receiver of the Topping Scholarship. In high school, Eric was a residential area 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 the Topping Scholarship has changed his life, Eric says: ‘For me, Norman Topping just isn’t a scholarship, but a household; 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 community that the Topping Foundation provides certainly assists guide the often daunting transition from high school student to university scholar. Eric says being a person in the ‘Topping Family’ has resulted in other opportunities at USC: he’s got become a mentor and leader to many 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 can help you achieve 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 support that is endless at USC. Fight On!

Holiday Season in Review: A Photo Journey

2013 is already well under way in the Office of Admission even as we continue to read applications. Like our students, our staff enjoyed a break that is nice getting into the office to commemorate the breaks with family and friends. In purchase to offer an improved concept of how our staff spends time down, I’ve collected a few photos to highlight the various activities (and climates!) we experienced throughout the holiday season that is recent.

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


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


While Yamilet Medina Lopez posed near a snowman in Mammoth, Kenley Turville sledded with her household and dog 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 trip home on the breaks.


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


Finally, our esteemed Director, Kirk Brennan, shared this photo from his 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!