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BAA Committees

In addition to becoming a BAA Donor or a BAA LTL Mentor, two primary BAA Committees provide the best pathways to get involved and network with your fellow alumni in support of the USC BAA:

Scholarship Committee

The BAA has awarded over $2 Million in scholarships to USC students, but it is the Scholarship Committee that determines the selection of BAA award recipients for the subsequent academic year. The BAA typically receives over 500 applications for consideration. Working in teams, the committee evaluates submitted applications and conducts in-person interviews with students.  No prior experience is needed to be a part of the evaluation teams, simply a commitment to the volunteer and scholarship process. The majority of the committee work is conducted over one week in late February and March.

If you are interested in learning more about the Scholarship Committee, please contact Donna Gholar, Chair, at:


Recruitment & Retention Committee

The USC Black Alumni Association (BAA) Recruitment and Retention Committee seeks to maintain an equitable representation of highly qualified African American students at the University of Southern California, working as an outreach partner with the USC Office of Admissions. The Recruitment and Retention Committee hosts the “Welcome to the Trojan Family Pinning and Affirmation Ceremony” in the Fall and participates in high school and community college fairs. This committee also participates annually in the USC Black Graduation Ceremony in May.

If you are interested in learning more about the Recruitment and Retention Committee, please contact Kathryn Shirley, Chair at: