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

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

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 an application that is separate addition to the application for admission, and also as the deadlines are approaching fast, you'll desire to think about using to any that pertain to you. For the list that is complete of scholarships and deadlines, please visit USC Scholarships and download the PDF at the bottom associated with the web page.

One which we wish to highlight could be the Norman Topping Student Aid Fund (NTSAF). The purpose of this scholarship is always to provide low-income students who have demonstrated a excellent amount of community solution an opportunity to greatly help fund their higher education at USC. But the scholarship spans beyond the reward that is monetary NTSAF works to create a support 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 prize is different for every Topping Scholar in line with the USC Financial Aid Package she or he receives, and is intended to be utilized in combination with any continuing state, federal, and/or USC aid. It is important to remember that first-generation college students (meaning neither parent graduated from college) aswell as local area applicants receive consideration that is primary. 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 present receiver associated with the Topping Scholarship. In highschool, 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 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 is not a scholarship, but a family members; a support system composed of fellow pupils, faculty and mentors. As a first-generation college student, i have discovered to utilize that support system.' apart from 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 learning to be a person in the 'Topping Family' has resulted in other opportunities at USC: he's become a mentor and leader to other low-income, first-generation students in the community.

Eric has some sound advice for future USC and Topping applicants: 'find ways to harness the relationships you have actually with teachers and counselors. Great instructors and counselors will allow you to 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 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 endless help companies at USC. Fight up On!

Holiday Season in Review: A Photo Journey

2013 is already well under way within the working Office of Admission once we continue to read applications. Like our pupils, our staff enjoyed a break that is nice getting into the office to commemorate the breaks with family and friends. In purchase to offer a better concept of just how our staff spends time down, We've gathered a pictures that are few emphasize the various activities (and climates!) we experienced through the recent holiday season.

Jessica Howard exhibited her Trojan nature 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 leg to propose to their gf. (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 an amazing view from their journey home over the breaks.


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


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


Wherever you spent time over the holidays, develop it had been relaxing and you also managed to spend quality time with family members!