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General Information

Eligibility
Applicants for awards must be incoming freshman or continuing USC and/or transfer students. They must be planning to enroll in full-time, undergraduate or graduate courses of study. The minimum cumulative G.P.A. for this scholarship is 2.5. Applicants should exemplify commitment and identification with the African-American community. Recipients will be selected on the basis of academic and personal merit and demonstrated involvement within the African-American community.

Transfer students will be reviewed and selected after they have been admitted.

Incoming Freshman applicants will also be considered for the scholarship upon verification of admission to USC for the upcoming school year.

Ineligible
Students receiving tuition remission are not eligible.

Application Procedure and Timeperiod
Interested applicants may apply by completing the online BAA Scholarship Application, available on the USC BAA website by December 1st.  All applications for the BAA Scholarship Application must be submitted online to the USC Office of Black Alumni Programs by Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by 5:00 pm PDT.

Once the BAA Scholarship Committee has concluded the application and interview process and selected the scholarship recipients for the upcoming academic year, all applicants will be notified via e-mail the outcome of being selected as a Black Alumni Scholar.  Recipients will also be notified with an email stating expectations of the scholarship program and amount of award.  

Terms of Disbursement
Awards will be disbursed at the beginning of each semester in equal installments upon completion of requirements.

Selection
The USC BAA Scholarship Committee shall select the scholarship recipients. For selection purposes, applicants shall be ranked by the committee according to a combination of academic promise (as determined by transcript and/or college G.P.A.) and financial need (as determined by analysis of the information presented on the FAFSA, and case by case circumstances). The applicants with the highest rankings will be advanced to Phase II for interviews. Receipt or potential receipt of other scholarships or student financial aid may be considered in the selection process.

Amount of Award
The average undergraduate annual award is $3,000.00 and the average graduate annual award is $1,000.00, and is finalized prior to the start of the new academic year. Black Alumni Scholars will be notified via e-mail of the amount of the BAA award as well as the posting status of the award to his/her account.

Award Notification
The Office of Black Alumni Programs shall send to the recipients a notice of selection specifying the terms of the award. Recipients shall be known as a "Black Alumni Association Scholar (BAA Scholar). IMPORTANT NOTE: As with other university scholarships, the amount of your award is tentative until approved by the USC Office of Financial Aid. If you have already reached the maximum level of scholarships and grants that you are eligible for, your award will be reduced or redirected to another qualified student. Notifications will occur June-August.

Refunds
Refunds resulting from a student's failure to complete a full study period shall be returned to the BAA Fund. Monies available from refunded disbursements shall be used only for future awards.

Volunteer Hour Requirements
Black Alumni Scholars shall complete volunteer service hours (10 undergraduate/5 graduate hours per semester) for the USC Black Alumni Association in order to receive disbursements throughout the year and/or to be considered for renewal or reinstatement.

Other Requirements
Black Alumni Scholars are also expected to attend scheduled BAA Scholar meetings and a mandatory annual conference. Additionally, Scholars are required to provide the Office of Black Alumni Programs with any changes in his/her academic status, mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address.

Renewal Process
The BAA Scholarship award does not automatically renew. The award is for the academic year only. Each candidate must complete a new BAA Scholarship Application. Past scholarship recipients and their awards are not guaranteed, however, prior scholarship recipients are given additional consideration, if they have also met requirements for consideration and timely submission.

Reinstatement
Former awardees who voluntarily withdraw or who fail to maintain satisfactory academic progress according to USC academic standards may be considered for a BAA award within the next upcoming application cycle.

Administration
The BAA Scholarship Committee shall be responsible for the selection of recipients with final approval by the Executive Director. Disbursements of scholarship funds to recipients are administered by the Office of Black Alumni Programs.

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