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Scholarship: Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship program’s purpose is to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and to foster excellence in those fields. The Foundation will award undergraduate scholarships to outstanding students in the Spring of 2010 for use during the 2010-2011 academic year. To be considered, a student must be nominated by USC.
•To be eligible, applicants must be science, math, or engineering majors who will be USC juniors or seniors in 2010-2011.
•To be considered, an application must be submitted in complete form with all required supporting documents (letters of reference, official high-school and college transcripts). See online information for more detailed instructions.
•Each scholarship is valued at up to $7,500 annually. Junior-level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of two years of scholarship support, and senior-level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of one year of scholarship support.
The application is due in December, call (213) 740-8555 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Scholarship: Graduate Fellowships
Graduate fellowships and scholarships are awarded to graduate students on a competitive basis by USC schools and departments as well as by outside agencies. The awards consist of tuition credit and/or stipends. Most Ph.D. students at USC are fully supported by fellowships, teaching assistantships, research assistantships or a combination of these funding sources.
Scholarship: Half-Century Trojan Scholarship
Amount Awarded: $10,000
Number of Awards: 3-4
Selection Criteria: Open to incoming freshmen and continuing USC students. Applicant must be a direct descendant (i.e. grandchild or great-grandchild) of a Half-Century Trojan (graduate of 50 years ago or more). Selection criteria include academic achievement, potential for leadership, and community service. An interview is required for scholarship finalists. Finalists will be contacted by the Half Century Trojan Scholarship Committee.
How to Apply: Submit a complete application for admission to USC and the Half Century Trojans Scholarship Application by December 1, 2010 (postmark deadline). The application is available for download below. You may also contact the Office of College Admission at (213) 740-5930 to receive an application via mail, fax, or email.
Notification: April 2011
The application for the 2011-2012 Half Century Trojans Scholarship (pdf version) can be downloaded on the website. If you are unable to open this file, please call our office at (213) 740-5930.
Scholarship: Killam Fellowship Program
The Killam Fellowships Program is a scholarship program which allows undergraduate students to participate in a bi-national residential exchange program between Canada and the United States. Scholarship recipients spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in Canada.
All Killam Fellows (direct exchange program and open competition) receive a cash award of US$10,000 for a full academic year or US$5,000 for one semester. They also receive a CAD$500 allowance to offset the cost of health insurance. Recipients are expected to use the award to cover costs associated with their education.
The student must be:
•An American citizen
•A full-time undergraduate student in good standing at an American accredited degree-granting institution
•Expected to receive an undergraduate degree during or after Spring 2011
•Eligible for study abroad, meeting the eligibility requirements and regulations of the home university
•Proficient in English
•Proficient in French for students who plan to study at a French language institution
•In possession of a superior academic record
•Able to complete all steps of the application process prior to the published deadlines
•Nominated by the home university (only in the instance of the direct exchange program)
Scholarship: Marshall School of Business
Once each year the Marshall School of Business awards a number of scholarships to outstanding undergraduate students. These awards are made to recognize academic excellence and/or outstanding service, and provide tuition funding for one academic year only.
Since all awards are funded by outside donors, eligibility requirements must be observed. All students who submit a complete application will be considered for general awards being offered. Although there is no minimum GPA requirement, students with an overall USC GPA above 3.50 are generally more competitive for most awards.
Scholarship: Norman Topping Student Aid Fund
Amount Varies with need
Number of awards Number of total awards varies
Application deadline Varies
Notification date Late April 2011
The purpose of the NTSAF is to assist freshman and transfer students with high financial need, and who demonstrate an extraordinary level of community awareness, in their pursuit of higher education at USC. First-generation college students and local area applicants are given primary consideration in the selection process. Please note that the scholarship is not lmited to these populations.
Submit a completed 2011 NTSAF application by the postmark deadline of Feb. 11, 2011 (freshmen) or May 12, 2011 (transfer students). An interview is required for finalist candidates. NTSAF domestic applicants must complete all forms required by the USC Financial Aid Office. Download applications at www.usc.edu/ntsaf.
Scholarship: NSEP Boren Scholarship for Study Abroad
Program seeks to enhance U.S. understanding of foreign cultures, strengthen our economic competitiveness, and ensure our national security by fully funding students to enter a study abroad program with intent to learn a new language. It is designated for students enrolled in study-abroad programs OUTSIDE OF Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Western Europe.
Maximum scholarship awards are: $10,000 for a semester, $20,000 for a full academic year.
Applicants must be:
•A U.S. citizen at the time of application.
•A high school graduate, or have earned a GED, and are matriculated in an undergraduate degree program in a U.S. post-secondary institution, including universities, colleges and community colleges accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
•Applying to engage in a study abroad experience in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand that meets home institution standards.
•Planning to use the scholarship for study abroad, and the study abroad program ends before you graduate. Boren Scholarships are not for study in the United States.
Scholarship: Rotary on the Ambassadorial Scholarship
Ambassadorial Scholarships, The Rotary Foundation's oldest and best-known program, was founded in 1947. Since then, nearly 38,000 men and women from about 100 nations have studied abroad under its auspices. Today it is the world's largest privately funded international scholarships program. Nearly 800 scholarships were awarded for study in 2005-06. Through grants totaling approximately US$500 million, recipients from about 70 countries studied in more than 70 nations.
•A flat grant of US$26,000 for one academic year of study in another country
•Club deadlines may be as early as 1 March 2010 or as late as 15 August 2010
•Availability varies by Rotary district
•Scholars are required to attend at least one orientation seminar if offered in their district or region. Orientation seminars include training on developing and delivering speeches and presentations.
•Study or training must be undertaken in another country or territory where there are Rotary clubs. It cannot take place in the country of the sponsor Rotary district.
Scholarship: SMART Scholarship
The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion.
•Open only to US citizens only, persons with permanent resident status are not eligible.
•Students must be at least 18 years of age.
•Awardees must be willing to accept post-graduate employment with the Department of Defense.
•Student is in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
•Participants recieve a generous cash award and health insurance allowance.
•Freshman/First Year Associate’s Program applicants must report an ACT or SAT Reasoning Test Score
•Cash awards are paid at a rate of $25,000 - $41,000 per year depending on prior educational experience
Scholarship: The Beinecke Scholarship Program
The Beinecke Scholarship Program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students in the arts, humanities and social sciences to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study. Each scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. To be eligible, the student must demonstrate achievement and personal promise during his or her undergraduate career. This year 22 new Beinecke Scholarships will be awarded and one student will be nominated by USC.
To be eligible, applicants must:
•Be a college junior during the 2009-2010 academic year and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2010 and August 2011.
•Plan to enter a master’s or doctoral program in the arts, humanities or social sciences.
•Be a United States citizen or a United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
•Have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid during his or her undergraduate years.
•Personal statement of 1,000 words or less from the nominee describing his or her background, interests, plans for graduate study and career aspirations. The statement should include a discussion of some experiences and ideas that have shaped those interests, plans and aspirations.
•Three letters of recommendation from faculty members that assess the applicant’s intellectual curiosity, character and potential for advanced graduate study.
•An official copy of the applicant’s transcript.
•Other material considered directly relevant to the applicant’s application.
The application is due February 4th, call (213) 740-8555 or contact email@example.com for more information.
Scholarship: The College
USC College offers a number of scholarships each year for continuing students (current USC freshmen, sophomores, and juniors) with majors in the College. Incoming students are not eligible for these scholarships, but may apply for them in subsequent years. These scholarships are one-year awards.
Please note: these scholarships are not available to students of the USC professional schools, such as Fine Arts, Architecture, Business, Theater, Engineering, Communication, PPD, Cinema etc. Applications from students without a major listed on the application will not be accepted.
Amount Awarded: $1,000 to $5,000 per award
.Number of Awards: Varies. USC College Continuing Student Scholarships are a collection of many scholarships available through USC College.
.Selection Criteria: Open to any current USC student who has a major in USC College and has completed at least one semester at USC (12 units or more). Incoming freshmen are not eligible for these awards. At the time of application and during the 2010-2011 academic year, the student must have full-time status (registered in a minimum of 12 units) in a College major. Undecided or undeclared status does not qualify one for these awards. A minimum cumulative USC GPA of 3.0 is required. Selection criteria include extracurricular involvement, leadership potential, and campus and community involvement.
.Please Note: Individual awards will vary depending on your financial aid package and/or the number of qualified applicants. Receipt of award monies may alter allocation of funds with your financial aid package (there is a chance your previously-awarded grant award may decrease in some situations). Scholarships awarded may only be used to replace University tuition costs.
Scholarship: Town and Gown
Town and Gown of USC awards scholarships to current USC students, of any major, who are permanent residents of Southern California and have demonstrated academic strength, with a minimum GPA of 3.4. The Competitive Scholarship awards $10,000 annually towards tuition. All applicants must meet the following criteria:
•Permanent resident of Southern California (Bakersfield is considered the northernmost boundary)
•Not related to a current member of the Town and Gown Board or Scholarship Committee
•Demonstrated academic strength, leadership ability, and community involvement
•Full-time student depending upon the school, 12–18 units/semester for undergraduates.
•Not receiving tuition remission
•Scholarship funds must be used for tuition
•All students must maintain a 3.00 GPA while attending USC as a Town and Gown Scholar.
Visit the Town and Gown website for the application and more information.
The application must be submitted electronically by December 1, either on the website or by e-mailing the PDF application to firstname.lastname@example.org
Scholarship: USC Alumni Association
The USC Alumni Association and its related entities award more than $2 million in alumni scholarships to new and continuing students each year. Individuals must apply for scholarships during the academic year prior to the year of funding. For example, applications received by the December 1, 2010 deadline are for scholarships during the 2011-2012 academic year.
Scholarship: USC Cinemtic Arts
Scholarship: USC Lambda Alumni Scholarship
The USC Lambda LGBT Alumni Association’s main purpose is to provide scholarships to incoming, undergraduate, and graduate USC students who show a commitment to the LGBT community, regardless of gender or sexual identity.
Eligibility for Scholarships
•Full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate students who will be enrolled in a USC degree program next year (this includes admitted incoming and transfer students)
•Applicant must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher (based on a 4-point system) or (for incoming students) the high school equivalent.
•Students of all gender or sexual identities are welcome to apply.
•Students are eligible to receive only one USC Lambda scholarship per year.
•Students who have been awarded a USC Lambda scholarship cannot receive the same award again.
•Each award may have its own individual criteria. Please review the award descriptions for further information.
Scholarships: Graduate Assistantships
Graduate assistantships are awarded by academic departments on the basis of scholastic accomplishment, academic promise and competence. Appointments are for a maximum of one year at a time, and confer both tuition credit and a stipend.
To receive tuition credit, you must be registered for at least six graduate units for credit in a full-time course. Assistantships usually require 20 hours of work per week under the supervision of USC faculty.
Scholarships: Roski School of Fine Arts
Scholarships: School of Theatre
In addition to programs of assistance administered by the Financial Aid Office, the School of Theatre offers a number of special scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate students . These scholarships are reserved for students who have completed a minimum of one year as a theatre major at USC, and are granted based on a combination of merit and talent as determined by the dean and a faculty selection committee in the School of Theatre.
Scholarships: USC Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism
Scholarships: USC Vitervbi School of Engineering
USC Spectrum, a program of the division of USC Student Affairs, presents an annual season of the finest in performing arts, music, theatre and lecture programs by nationally and internationally known attractions for the education and entertainment of the USC community, its neighbors in Los Angeles and abroad.
Student Life and Involvement
Your USC experience is not confined to the classroom walls! Our mission is to provide students with world class programs, facilities, services, and involvement opportunities.
Student Support and Advocacy
We are a friendly office of student advocates – please stop in…Housed in the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs, Student Support and Advocacy assists student and families in resolving complex issues which adversely affect a student’s academic success and/or collegiate experience. Whether the issues are personal, academic, or financial, we evaluate and present options to student, and facilitate communication and connections with university departments. We’re located in Student Union (STU) 201 or call us at (213) 740-2421.
Student-Athlete Academic Services (SAAS)
The USC SAAS Program is committed to providing the necessary support to assist all student-athletes in reaching their full potential academically, personally, and professionally. Our program includes academic advising, career development, community service, tutorial programs, and learning specialists, which are all aimed at promoting a philosophy of individual responsibility so as to encourage each student-athlete to value their educational experience. In providing such services, student-athletes will be afforded the opportunity to develop the skills needed to persist towards graduation, become leaders within the community, and lead successful and productive lives. For more information, please contact us at (213) 740-3801.
The Supplemental Instruction Program, part of the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, offers academic assistance to students enrolled in several traditionally difficult courses in biology, chemistry, math and physics. Participation is open to all students enrolled in the targeted class.