A scholarship fully funded by the USC Student Body

The Norman Topping Student Aid Fund is the only student initiated, student funded, primarily student administered scholarship in the nation.

The purpose of the Norman Topping Student Aid Fund (NTSAF) is to assist students with high financial need who demonstrate an extraordinary level of community awareness in their pursuit of higher education at the University of Southern California.

The NTSAF offers supplemental scholarships to entering freshmen, transfer and graduate students based on the individual USC Financial Aid package of each Scholar. Applicants residing in areas surrounding the University Park Campus and Health Sciences campus and first-generation college students are given primary consideration in the selection process. Please note that the scholarship is not limited to these populations.

The NTSAF Goals
  • To create a deepened sense of community among Topping Scholars
  • To empower Topping Scholars to take on the challenges they face by providing quality programming and student-centered service
  • To encourage Topping Scholars to eagerly embrace the responsibility of student service at the University of Southern California
  • To maintain the integrity of the Governing Board as being primarily student administered
  • To promote and maintain the original spirit of the Fund

Charged with maintaining the integrity of the NTSAF, the Governing Board is responsible for the selection of scholars, establish policy, and set the overall direction of the Fund. In order to achieve this goal, the NTSAF Governing Board collaborates with the NTSAF professional and student staff. Because the NTSAF is a predominately student run program, current USC students make up a majority of the members of the governing board with staff, faculty, alumni and community representatives filling the rest of the seats. To learn more about the NTSAF governing board, please click here..

Approximately 15% of USC undergraduate students are the first person in their family to attend college! Check out some of their stories below and visit the USC First Generation College Student website.

Topping Scholars volunteer at the annual Safe Halloween, a collaborative event with the Hoover Recreation Center where neighborhood youth enjoy a haunted house, inflatable rides, candies, and treats.

America in Japan USC Dornsife students travel to Japan as part of the Norman Topping student program.