Beyond the Merit Scholarship…. Just What Else exists?

While the merit scholarship program, awarded by the Office of Undergraduate Admission, may be the biggest merit-based scholarship program offered at USC and does not need any split application, you will find some merit-based scholarships put on by various groups on campus offering 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 your application for admission, and as the deadlines are approaching fast, you may desire to think of applying to any that pertain to you. For a list that is complete of scholarships and due dates, please visit USC Scholarships and download the PDF at the end for the web page.

The one that we wish to emphasize could be the Norman Topping scholar help Fund (NTSAF). The point of this scholarship is always to offer low-income students who have demonstrated a exemplary level of community service the opportunity to greatly help fund their greater education at USC. But the scholarship spans beyond the reward that is monetary NTSAF works to create a help system for its scholars through use of academic success seminars, monthly faculty lunches, general advising, as well as a research break program complete with treats and masseuses!

The quantity of the honor is significantly diffent for each Topping Scholar based on the USC Financial Aid Package she or he receives, and is supposed to be used in combination with any state, federal, and/or USC aid. It is critical to note that first-generation university students (meaning neither parent graduated from college) also as neighborhood area applicants are given primary consideration. However, this scholarship isn’t restricted to these aforementioned groups.

Eric Watkins, a junior from Republic, Missouri majoring that is double Political Science and Public Relations, is just a current recipient regarding the Topping Scholarship. In highschool, 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 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 isn’t a scholarship, however a family members; a support system comprised of fellow students, faculty and mentors. The built-in network that the Topping Foundation provides certainly helps guide the often daunting transition from high school student to college scholar as a first-generation college student, I’ve learned to utilize that support system.’ Aside from the monetary award. Eric says learning to be a member of the ‘Topping Family’ has led to other possibilities at USC: he has become a mentor and frontrunner to 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 with teachers and counselors. Great teachers and counselors can help you achieve your goals.’ Eric additionally 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 access to endless support companies at USC. Fight On!

Holiday Season in Review: A Photo Journey

2013 is already well under way into the Office of Admission as we continue to read applications. Like our students, our staff enjoyed a break that is nice getting into the office to celebrate the breaks with relatives and buddies. In order to offer a much better idea of how our staff spends time down, We’ve collected a pictures that are few emphasize the many activities (and climates!) we experienced through the recent holiday season.

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


One of our brand new weblog contributors, Jomar Gomez, dropped down to one knee to propose to their gf. (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 pizza that is making!


Sean Ohira, a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, shared an amazing view from their journey house on the vacations.


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


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


Wherever you spent time over the holiday season, develop it had been relaxing and you were able to spend quality time with loved ones!

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