Are you interested in applying for the USC Topping Scholarship? If your answer is yes then we have got all the information you need on this page.
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
In Los Angeles, California, there is a private research institution called the University of Southern California (USC, SC, or Southern Cal). It is the oldest private university in California and was established in 1880 by Robert M. Widney. It is also the largest employer in the Los Angeles area and has an estimated $8 billion financial effect on the development of California.
Twenty-two undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools make up the university, which has one liberal arts college, the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, and enrolls about 21,000 undergraduate and 28,500 postgraduate students from across all fifty U.S. states and more than 115 different countries. In 1969, it became a member of the National Association of American Universities. As one of the best colleges in the country, USC has extremely competitive entrance requirements for its undergraduate programs.
USC participates in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as a member of the Pac-12 Conference and provides a number of intramural sports. The Trojans, USC’s sports team, have members who have won 107 NCAA team championships, placing them third in the country, and 412 NCAA individual championships, placing them second among NCAA Division I institutions and third in the country. More than any other American university, Trojan athletes have brought home 326 medals from the Olympic Games as of 2021 (153 gold, 96 silver, and 77 bronze). The National League has selected 537 football players from USC in total, the second-highest total in the nation.
Due in large part to the success of the School of Cinematic Arts, USC has graduated more alumni who’ve already gone on to win Academy and Emmy Awards than any other institution across the globe and has also produced 29 living billionaires. 11 Rhodes Scholars, and 12 Marshal Scholars are among USC’s famous alums. Ten Nobel laureates, six MacArthur Fellow, and one Turing Award recipient were associated with the university as of January 2021. The Domain Name System, VoIP, DNA computing, transformation coding, and nonlinear programming were all invented at USC.
SCHOLARSHIP AWARD & REQUIREMENTS
On the basis of the USC Monetary Aid package for each Topping Scholar, the NTSAF awards extra scholarships to incoming freshmen, transfer, and graduate students. The amount of the Topping Scholarship depends on the student’s financial aid package from USC. The undergraduate scholarship has a maximum annual value of $5,500. The maximum graduating reward for one academic year is $10,000. If the Topping Scholar meets all scholarship conditions, the award is renewable for the duration of their undergraduate or graduate studies at USC. These conditions include continuing full-time enrollment, completing attendance at all NTSAF-mandated events, maintaining a minimum cumulative USC grade average of 2.5 (3.0 for graduate Fellows), and completing 20 hours of community service each semester. The largest amount of qualifying semesters for the scholarship depends on the Topping Scholar’s class ranking and course of study.
Candidates who want to be taken into consideration for a scholarship must:
• As a freshman, transfer, or graduate student, submit an application for admission to USC’s on-campus program within the same calendar year as the grant deadline.
• Have a pressing need for money (defined as having a need greater than or equal to the cost of tuition by the USC Financial Aid Office),
• Be qualified for need-based assistance in the United States (MUST apply through the FAFSA or Dream Act); AND
• Show a sense of community.
To determine whether you qualify for the Topping Scholarship, please refer to the following checklist:
• Are you submitting a full-time freshman, transfer, or graduate student application for fall admission to USC? OR Are you a recent USC admit for the spring or summer?
• Do you qualify for federal, state, or university financial aid because you have a high need for money (expected family contribution of less than $20,000) and meet the following criteria?
Work-study, Cal Grant, Dream Act, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Pell Grant, or University (USC) Grant?
• A FAFSA or Dream Act application is also required.
• Do you exhibit a sense of community and make voluntary contributions to a community’s improvement?
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION
For a finalist interview, USC applicants are judged according to the following standards:
• Local Awareness
• Volunteer Activities
• Extraordinary Situation
• Status as a first-generation college student; prior residence in the USC area
*First-generation college students and applicants who live in the surrounding USC community are given priority consideration. Selection, however, is not restricted to these groups.
Interested persons can now apply here https://ntsaf.usc.edu/