Beyond the Merit Scholarship…. What Else is Out There?

Beyond the Merit Scholarship…. What Else is Out There?

Every year while the merit schol­ar­ship pro­gram, awarded by the Office of Under­grad­u­ate Admis­sion, is the largest merit-based schol­ar­ship pro­gram offered at USC and does not require any sep­a­rate appli­ca­tion, there are some merit-based schol­ar­ships put on by var­i­ous groups on cam­pus that pro­vide schol­ar­ships to hun­dreds of stu­dents. Some teams that award schol­ar­ships that are such the Latino Alumni Asso­ci­a­tion, the Black Alumni Asso­ci­a­tion, Town and Gown (for South­ern Cal­i­for­nia res­i­dents), the Lambda LGBT Alumni Asso­ci­a­tion, etc. These merit schol­ar­ships do indeed require a split appli­ca­tion in addi­tion to your appli­ca­tion for admis­sion, and as the dead­lines are fast approach­ing, you’ll desire to think about apply­ing to any that per­tain to you. For a com­plete direc­tory of merit schol­ar­ships and due dates, please visit USC Schol­ar­ships and down­load the PDF at the bot­tom regard­ing the web page.

The one that we want to high­light could be the Nor­man Top­ping scholar help Fund (NTSAF). The point of this schol­ar­ship would be to pro­vide low-income stu­dents who have demon­strated a excep­tional amount of com­mu­nity ser­vice a chance to greatly help fund their higher edu­ca­tion at USC. But the schol­ar­ship spans beyond the reward that is mon­e­tary NTSAF works to make a help sys­tem for its schol­ars through usage of aca­d­e­mic suc­cess sem­i­nars, monthly fac­ulty lunches, https://​shmoop​.pro/ basic advis­ing, and also a study break pro­gram com­plete with snacks and masseuses!

The num­ber of the honor is dif­fer­ent for every Top­ping Scholar in line with the USC Finan­cial Aid Pack­age she or he receives, and is sup­posed to be used in com­bi­na­tion with any state, fed­eral, and/or USC aid. It is crit­i­cal to observe that first-generation uni­ver­sity stu­dents (mean­ing nei­ther par­ent grad­u­ated from col­lege) aswell as regional area appli­cants receive con­sid­er­a­tion that is pri­mary. How­ever, this schol­ar­ship just isn’t restricted to these groups that are aforementioned.

Eric Watkins, a junior from Repub­lic, Mis­souri dou­ble major­ing in Polit­i­cal Sci­ence and Pub­lic Rela­tions, is just a present receiver asso­ci­ated with Top­ping Schol­ar­ship. In senior school, Eric was a res­i­den­tial area orga­nizer for Obama for Amer­ica, where he can­vassed the streets of his home­town reg­is­ter­ing vot­ers and gar­ner­ing sup­port for our now pres­i­dent that is second-term. Eric also founded A live­strong group at his high col­lege, where he helped orga­nize fundrais­ing events that earned money for can­cer research.

When asked about the way the Top­ping Schol­ar­ship has changed his life, Eric says: ‘For me, Nor­man Top­ping isn’t a schol­ar­ship, but a fam­ily mem­bers; a sup­port sys­tem com­prised of fel­low pupils, fac­ulty and men­tors. As a first-generation col­lege stu­dent, i have dis­cov­ered to uti­lize that sup­port sys­tem.’ apart from the mon­e­tary award, the built-in net­work that the Top­ping Foun­da­tion pro­vides cer­tainly helps guide the often daunt­ing tran­si­tion from high school stu­dent to uni­ver­sity scholar. Eric says being a mem­ber of the ‘Top­ping Fam­ily’ has resulted in other pos­si­bil­i­ties at USC: he’s got become a men­tor and leader to other low-income, first-generation stu­dents inside the community.

Eric has some advice that is sound future USC and Top­ping appli­cants: ‘find approaches to har­ness the rela­tion­ships you have with teach­ers and coun­selors. Great instruc­tors and coun­selors can help you reach finally your goals.’ Eric also notes you are pas­sion­ate about, no mat­ter how big or small those pas­sions may seem that it is impor­tant to find ser­vice opportunities.

For more detailed infor­ma­tion about the Nor­man Top­ping scholar Aid Fund, includ­ing infor­ma­tion on the appli­ca­tion process, please visit NTSAF.

Between the Tro­jan Fam­ily and the Top­ping house­hold, stu­dents have use of end­less help sites at USC. Fight On!

Get­away Sea­son in Review: A Photo Journey

2013 is already well under way within the work­ing Office of Admis­sion as we carry on to read appli­ca­tions. Like our stu­dents, our staff enjoyed a nice break from enter­ing the office to cel­e­brate the breaks with fam­ily and friends. In pur­chase to pro­vide you with a bet­ter con­cept of just how our staff spends time down, We’ve col­lected a few pic­tures to high­light the dif­fer­ent activ­i­ties (and cli­mates!) we expe­ri­enced through­out the hol­i­day sea­son that is recent.

Jes­sica Howard exhib­ited her Tro­jan spirit as she skied in Col­orado, while Becky Chas­sin enjoyed a vaca­tion in Cabo, Mexico.


One of our brand new web log con­trib­u­tors, Jomar Gomez, dropped down to one knee to pro­pose to his girl­friend. (She said yes!)


While Yamilet Med­ina Lopez posed near a snow­man in Mam­moth, Ken­ley Turville sled­ded with her dog and fam­ily in Utah!


Saman­tha Schreiber expe­ri­enced the won­ders of Italy, which included vis­it­ing the Lean­ing Tower of Pisa and pizza that is making!


Sean Ohira, a native of Hon­olulu, Hawaii, shared an amaz­ing view from his trip home within the breaks.


Like many of our staff, Anne Aubert-Santelli enjoyed the snow dur­ing a house­hold jour­ney to upstate nyc.


Finally, our esteemed Direc­tor, Kirk Bren­nan, shared this photo from their trav­els to nj.


Wher­ever you spent time over the hol­i­day sea­son, we hope it had been relax­ing and you man­aged to spend qual­ity time with near­est and dearest!

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