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 groups 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 split application in addition to the job for admission, and as the deadlines are fast approaching, you could want to think of 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 at the bottom associated with the page.

One which we wish to highlight is the Norman Topping Student help Fund (NTSAF). The reason of this scholarship is always to provide low-income students who have demonstrated a exemplary degree of community solution an opportunity to 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 access to academic success seminars, monthly faculty lunches, basic advising, and even a research break program complete with royal vegas free play snacks and masseuses!

The quantity of the award is significantly diffent for every single Topping Scholar based on the USC Financial Aid Package he or she receives, and is supposed to be utilized in combination with any state, federal, and/or USC aid. You will need to keep in mind that first-generation college students (meaning neither parent graduated from college) also as local area applicants receive consideration that is primary. However, this scholarship just isn’t restricted to these groups that are aforementioned.

Eric Watkins, a junior from Republic, Missouri double majoring in Political Science and Public Relations, is just a current recipient of the Topping Scholarship. In senior high 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 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 how the Topping Scholarship has changed his life, Eric says: ‘For me, Norman Topping isn’t a scholarship, but a grouped family; a support system comprised of fellow pupils, faculty and mentors. As a first-generation college student, i have discovered to utilize that support system.’ Aside from the monetary award, the built-in network that the Topping Foundation provides certainly helps guide the often daunting transition from high school student to university scholar. Eric says becoming a person in the ‘Topping Family’ has led to other opportunities at USC: he’s become a mentor and leader with other low-income, first-generation students in the community.

Eric has some sound advice for future USC and Topping applicants: ‘find approaches to harness the relationships you have actually with teachers and counselors. Great instructors and counselors can help you reach finally your goals.’ Eric also notes that you will need to find service opportunities you’re passionate about, in spite of how big or small those passions might seem.

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 use of support that is endless at USC. Fight up On!

Getaway Season in Review: A Photo Journey

2013 is already well under way within the Office of Admission even as we continue to read applications. Like our students, our staff enjoyed a nice break from coming into the workplace to commemorate the holiday breaks with relatives and buddies. In purchase to offer an improved idea of just how our staff spends time off, I’ve gathered a few pictures to highlight the different activities (and climates!) we experienced during the recent vacation season.

Jessica Howard displayed her Trojan nature 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 at least one leg to propose to their girlfriend. (She said yes!)


While Yamilet Medina Lopez posed near a snowman in Mammoth, Kenley Turville sledded with her family members 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 a view that is amazing their journey home throughout the vacations.


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


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


Wherever you spent time over christmas, we hope it was relaxing and you also had the ability to spend quality time with loved ones!