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Other Continuing Student Scholarship Descriptions

The following scholarships do not use the general online USC Dornsife Continuing Student Scholarship application. Each has its own unique application process, selection criteria, and application deadline. Please click a link or scroll down to read more about these scholarships.

 


Trojan League of Los Angeles, Joseph Patrick Allen Endowed Scholarship Fund

Established to honor the life of Joseph Patrick Allen, former Dean of Admission and Financial Aid and Vice Provost for Enrollment at USC. Funds shall be used for tuition only, and shall not be allocated for room and board, research expenses, or supplies.

  • Recipients of the 2015-16 award must be full-time students enrolled in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at USC beginning their junior year in the 2015-2016 academic year
  • Must have entered the university with a high school GPA of at least 3.67 and have a current minimum cumulative USC GPA of 3.0
  • Undergraduates should complete a minimum of 12 units per semester, plan to graduate in four years, and maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Must not be related to a current member of the Trojan League of Los Angeles Board or Scholarship Committee
  • Must have demonstrated merit and financial need, academic strengths, leadership skills, and campus and community involvement
  • Preference given to permanent residents of southern California
  • A letter of recommendation from a USC Dornsife faculty member is required.

Application deadline: Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Click here to download the application for the 2015-16 Trojan League of Los Angeles Scholarship.

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Dean Joan Metcalf Schaefer Scholarship

The Dean Joan Metcalf Schaefer Scholarships in USC Dornsife reward students each year who follow in Dean Joan's footsteps of scholarship, leadership and service. "It is the ultimate honor to have a living legacy named in one's lifetime," she has said.

Merit and travel awards are available.

  • Applicants for the 2015-16 awards must be full-time undergraduate students majoring in USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California for the 2015-2016 academic year.
  • Junior or senior class standing in the 2015-2016 academic year.
  • Minimum 3.5 grade point average.

The 2014-15 Dean Joan Metcalf Schaefer Scholarship recipients have been selected. The 2015-16 Dean Joan Metcalf Schaefer Scholarship application will be available in January 2015.

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Skull and Dagger Scholarship

The Skull and Dagger Society was founded in 1913 and is the oldest honor society at USC. Its members have been selected because of their service, dedication and performance on behalf of the University. The two scholarships are named in memory of Dr. Kenneth Owler Smith, a professor of Journalism who served as an officer of the Society from 1983 to 1983, and Dr. Harrison M. Kurtz, a professor of Biological Sciences, who served as an officer of the Society from 1989 to 2001. Both men were devoted to the students of the University of Southern California.

Skull and Dagger Foundation Scholarships are awarded to students (graduate or undergraduate) who have demonstrated significant campus and/or community leadership. While there is no minimum GPA required to apply, academic excellence is expected.

The 2014-15 Skull and Dagger Scholarship recipients have been selected. The 2015-16 Skull and Dagger Scholarship application will be available in February 2015.

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J. Wesley Robb Endowed Scholarship in Human Values

Established in 1987, this scholarship honors Professor Emeritus J. Wesley Robb and his lifelong service to the University of Southern California.  The award was established by adminstrators, faculty, and former students of Professor Robb.  Over 9,000 students took his "Human Values" course or one of his seminars in medical ethics, philosophy of religion, or contemporary ethical issues.  Students are chosen for their demonstration of significant moral leadership in the campus community, evidence of a commitment to human values, and a deep concern for others.

Recipients of the 2015-16 J. Wesley Robb Scholarship must be seniors majoring in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences during the 2015-2016 academic year who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5.

The 2014-15 J. Wesley Robb Scholarship recipients have been selected. The 2015-16 J. Wesley Robb Scholarship application will be available in January 2015.

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HSBC Scholars Award

Established in 2013 by HSBC Bank, this award provides educational funding, financial literacy training, and business information and experience to low- to moderate-income students pursuing a full-time education in STEM or business-related fields.

  • Recipients of the 2015-16 award must be full-time junior or senior (third-year or fourth-year) students enrolled in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at USC in the 2015-2016 academic year

  • Must have a declared major in a science, mathematics, or economics field (a list of eligible majors appears on the application)

  • Must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative USC GPA and demonstrated financial need

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident

  • Scholarship funds may be used for all eligible educational expenses, including tuition, room and board, and meal plans, but may NOT be used for overseas study or summer expenses

Students graduating in December 2015 are NOT eligible to apply for the 2015-16 award.

The 2014-15 HSBC Scholars Award recipients have been selected. The 2015-16 HSBC Scholars Award application will be available in January 2015.

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Heather Anne Barnes Endowed Scholarship

Established in memory of Heather Anne Barnes, a student who graduated from USC in 2005. Heather was devoted to helping children, especially autistic children.  

  • Psychology major
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Preference given to students working with autistic children or conducting research or scholarly inquiry into the causes of autism.

The 2014-15 Heather Anne Barnes Scholarship recipients have been selected. The 2015-16 Heather Anne Barnes Scholarship application will be available in January 2015.

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Beau J. Boudreaux Poetry Award

Established in 2005 by Creative Writing alumnus Beau Boudreaux (1994). Given to one graduating senior poet.

  • Graduating senior, eligible to graduate in the 2014-2015 academic year
  • Creative Writing major with an emphasis in Poetry
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Preference given to a student who intends to pursue a career in writing or academia and who wishes to supplement his or her undergraduate degree with travel and/or advanced study in a graduate program.

The 2014 Beau J. Boudreaux Scholarship recipient has been selected. The 2015 Beau J. Boudreaux Scholarship application will be available in January 2015.

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Mark Greenberg Fellowship in Poetry

Established by Mark's sister Elizabeth to reward outstanding achievement in poetry. 

  • Junior class standing in the 2015-2016 academic year
  • Creative Writing major with an emphasis in Poetry
  • 3.0 GPA

The 2014-15 Mark Greenberg Fellowship recipient has been selected. The 2015-16 Mark Greenberg Fellowship application will be available in January 2015.

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Gene and Etta Silverman Family Award

Established in memory of Gene, Etta, Candace, and Jamie Silverman who died in a plane accident on July 17, 1996. Candace attended USC for four years and majored in Creative Writing.

  • Graduating senior, eligible to graduate in the 2014-2015 academic year
  • Creative Writing major
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Preference given to a student who demonstrates the ability or desire to further the interests of women and who intends to pursue a career in writing or academia, wishing to supplement the undergraduate degree with travel and/or advanced study in a graduate program.

The 2014 Gene and Etta Silverman Family Award recipients have been selected. The 2015 Gene and Etta Silverman Family Award application will be available in January 2015.

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Roberta Persinger Foulke Endowment Fellowship

Established by USC Alumna Roberta Persinger Foulke (BA/MA History 1936).  Provides assistance for students who demonstrate the ability or desire to further the interests of women in the field of history or historical studies.

Two award categories exist:

  • Merit Awards will be given to undergraduate students who demonstrate academic excellence and the ability or desire to further the interests of women in the field of history or historical studies. The support can be used for tuition only.  You can apply for the Merit Award by completing the general USC Dornsife Continuing Student Scholarship application and submitting an additional essay for the Foulke Merit Award.
  • Research and Travel Grants will be given to undergraduate students with the best proposals to use funds for scholarly research, travel, or other departmental approved programs. Funds will be applied to items such as travel expenses, conference fees, or research materials and can be used in the summer months.  You can apply for the Foulke Travel Grant by completing the application below.

The 2014-15 Roberta Persinger Foulke Merit Scholarship and Research/Travel Grant recipients have been selected. The 2015-16 Roberta Persinger Foulke applications will be available in January 2015.

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Lesher Family Scholarship

Established in honor of Professor Alison Dundes Renteln, this award will provide assistance for promising students majoring in Political Science.

  • Political Science major
  • 3.0 GPA

The 2014-15 Lesher Family Scholarship application deadline has passed. The 2015-16 Lesher Family Scholarship application will be available in January 2015. 

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Brian Phillip Rakusin Neuroscience Scholarship Award

Established in memory of Brian Phillip Rakusin, USC’s first Neuroscience major. Successful candidates must demonstrate outstanding achievements and aspirations in the field of Neuroscience.

  • Neuroscience major
  • GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Must be entering junior or senior year in 2015-16 and must remain on campus for a year following receipt of the award
  • Must demonstrate excellence in both coursework and research

Award honorees will be selected by the Executive Committee of the undergraduate Neuroscience major program.

The application for the 2015-16 Brian Phillip Rakusin Scholarship will be emailed to all Neuroscience majors in Spring 2015. For questions about the application, please contact Gloria Wan at yuhungw@dornsife.usc.edu or (213) 740-6091.

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Melissa Finney Award for Overseas Study

Established for students who demonstrate the ability or desire to further the interests of African-Americans in the field of foreign or overseas studies.

  • Must be enrolled in a USC-approved study abroad program
  • GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • USC Dornsife major or minor

Contact the Office of Overseas Studies at (213) 740-3636 for application information.

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Gold Family Scholarships for Overseas Study

Believing that overseas experiences have tremendous impact on personal and intellectual growth, Stanley and Ilene Gold established this scholarship for outstanding USC Dornsife Trustee, Mork, and Stamps Scholars seeking to study abroad. 

  • Must be enrolled (or plan to be enrolled) in a USC-approved study abroad program for Summer 2015, Fall 2015 and/or Spring 2016
  • USC Trustee, Mork, or Stamps Scholarship recipient
  • USC Dornsife major
  • GPA of 3.2 or higher

The 2014-15 Gold Family Scholarship recipients have been selected. The 2015-16 Gold Family Scholarship application will be available in January 2015.

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Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowships

This select group includes sophomores who are considering an academic career and will likely pursue graduate studies in a liberal arts field (humanities or natural sciences, excluding biology). USC is one of a select group of colleges and universities involved with this program with the Mellon Foundation.

  • Sophomore standing, but juniors are invited to apply
  • Pursuing a major or minor in a Mellon-approved field of study (see website for complete list)
  • Academic promise
  • Interest in pursuing an academic career in a Mellon-designated field of study
  • Potential for serving as a mentor and teacher for a wide variety of students
  • Demonstrated commitment to increasing opportunities for underrepresented populations, breaking down stereotypes, increasing cross-racial and ethnic understanding, and enabling others to better understand persons of different races and ethnicities
  • U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident

For more information contact:

Dr. Martha Enciso
Associate Director, Office of Academic and International Fellowships
University of Southern California
3601 Watt Way, Suite 227
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1695
Tel: (213) 740-9116
Fax: (213) 740-9757
menciso@usc.edu
http://www.usc.edu/student-affairs/MMUF/

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