A scholarship fully funded by the USC Student Body
Our Vision

A student’s social and economic background will NOT inhibit their access to and success in higher education.

About The Governing Board

The Norman Topping Student Aid Fund is the only student initiated, student funded, primarily student administered scholarship in the nation. The Topping Fund is administered by a Governing Board composed of 13 voting student members, three USC alumni, one current Topping Scholar, one faculty member and representatives from the offices of Admission and Financial Aid who select the scholars and oversee the long term policies and procedures of the Topping Scholarship. 

Governing Board selection takes place in the fall of each academic year. The number of appointments is dependent upon the number of open representative seats. Terms of appointments range based on representative status. Board members attend the annual Fall Governing Board Retreat (1-day event), usually held in late September or early October, and 2-3 Governing Board meetings per semester. Board members must also be available during the summer months for scholarship application reading, interviewing and scholar selection.

Students interested in serving on the Governing Board in should contact the NTSAF office. Benefits of being a student representative include:

  • Service to the university and local community
  • Interaction with amazing applicants and current Topping Scholar
  • Recruitment and outreach experience
  • Networking with student leaders, faculty and staff
Message from the Chair

Dear Topping Scholars and Friends,

Jimmy Dean once said, “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” This quote resonates with me because ever since I was admitted to USC, I wanted to be a part of the Topping Family. From my eyes, the Norman Topping Student Aid Fund seemed like a closer family than any of the other organizations on campus. I realized this assumption was true once I joined the Governing Board my sophomore year at USC.

Being able to serve on the Board for a second year is an honor. It is a privilege to be part of the Scholar selection process and read about amazing applicants and how they bring that vision to life during the interview makes it all worthwhile. However, the best reward of all is when the scholars go out and make changes to their own communities.

The Board’s role is to oversee the direction of the fund and select the incoming cohort of scholars. Topping Scholars are those who exemplify the spirit of the fund and show not only high financial need but also strong community awareness. All prospective scholars are encouraged to look into our scholarship and apply. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.


Sierra Williams
2016-2017 NTSAF Governing Board Chair

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.