Beyond the Merit Scholarship…. Just What Else is Out There?

Beyond the Merit Scholarship…. Just What Else is Out There?

While the merit scholarship program, awarded by the Office of Undergraduate Admission, may be 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 each year. Some groups 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 an application that is separate addition to the job for admission, so that as the deadlines are quickly approaching, you’ll desire to consider applying to any that pertain to you. For a complete set of merit scholarships and deadlines, please visit USC Scholarships and download the PDF at the end associated with the page.

One that we wish to emphasize is the Norman Topping scholar Aid Fund (NTSAF). The point of this scholarship is to provide low-income students who have demonstrated a level that is exceptional of service an opportunity to greatly help fund their higher education at USC. But the scholarship spans beyond the financial reward: NTSAF works to create a help system for its scholars through access to academic success seminars, monthly faculty lunches, basic advising, as well as a research break program complete with treats and masseuses!

The amount of the award is significantly diffent for each Topping Scholar based on the USC Financial Aid Package she or he receives, and is supposed to be utilized in combination with any state, federal, and/or USC aid. You should remember that first-generation college students (meaning neither parent graduated from college) aswell 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 double majoring in Political Science and Public Relations, is just a current receiver associated with the Topping Scholarship. In senior 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 president that is second-term. 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 the Topping Scholarship has changed his life, Eric says: ‘For me, Norman Topping is not a scholarship, but 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.’ besides 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 says becoming a member of the ‘Topping Family’ has led to other possibilities at USC: he’s got become a mentor and frontrunner to many 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 will help you reach your goals.’ Eric additionally notes that you should find service opportunities you’re passionate about, regardless of how big or small those passions might appear.

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 access to support that is endless at USC. Fight up On!

Holiday Season in Review: A Photo Journey

2013 is already well under way in the Office of Admission as we carry on to read applications. Like our pupils, our staff enjoyed a nice break from entering the workplace to celebrate the vacations with family and friends. In purchase to offer a better concept of just how our staff spends time down, We’ve gathered a few pictures to emphasize the various activities (and climates!) we experienced through the holiday season that is recent.

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


One of our brand new blog contributors, Jomar Gomez, dropped down to one leg to propose to his gf. (She stated 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 a view that is amazing their trip house over the holidays.


Like many of our staff, Anne Aubert-Santelli enjoyed the snow within a grouped 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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