Beyond the Merit Scholarship…. What Else exists?

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 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 split application in addition to the job for admission, so that as the deadlines are approaching fast, you may possibly wish to consider using to any that pertain to you. For the complete list of merit scholarships and due dates, please visit USC Scholarships and download the PDF at the bottom for the page.

One which we want to highlight is the Norman Topping Student help Fund (NTSAF). The reason of this scholarship is always to provide low-income students whom have demonstrated a level that is exceptional of solution the opportunity to greatly help fund their higher education at USC. But the scholarship spans beyond the financial reward: NTSAF works to make a help system for its scholars through use of academic success seminars, monthly faculty lunches, basic advising, and also a report break program complete with snacks and masseuses!

The amount of the award is different for every 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. You will need to observe that first-generation university students (meaning neither parent graduated from college) aswell as local area applicants receive primary consideration. However, this scholarship just isn’t restricted to these aforementioned groups.

Eric Watkins, a junior from Republic, Missouri double majoring in Political Science and Public Relations, is just a current recipient for the Topping Scholarship. In senior 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 president that is second-term. Eric also founded a group that is livestrong his high school, where he aided organize fundraising events that earned money for cancer research.

When asked about the way the Topping Scholarship has changed his life, Eric says: ‘For me, Norman Topping just isn’t a scholarship, however a household; a support system comprised of fellow students, faculty and mentors. As a first-generation college student, I’ve discovered to utilize that support system.’ besides the monetary award, the built-in system that the Topping Foundation provides certainly helps guide the often daunting transition from high school student to college scholar. Eric says becoming a member of the ‘Topping Family’ has resulted in other opportunities at USC: he’s become a mentor and leader 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 actually with teachers and counselors. Great teachers 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 scholar Aid Fund, including information on the application process, please visit NTSAF.

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

Holiday Season in Review: A Photo Journey

2013 is already well under way within the working Office of Admission even as we carry on to read applications. Like our pupils, our staff enjoyed a break that is nice coming into the office to commemorate the vacations with family and friends. In order to give you a much better concept of how our staff spends time down, We’ve collected a pictures that are few highlight the many activities (and climates!) we experienced throughout 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 brand new blog contributors, Jomar Gomez, dropped down to at least one knee to propose to his girlfriend. (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 trip home over the breaks.


Like many of our staff, Anne Aubert-Santelli enjoyed the snow throughout a family journey to upstate nyc.


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


Wherever you spent time over the holidays, we hope it was relaxing and you also were able to spend quality time with family!

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