Scholar Reflections

Cheryl Noda

Cheryl Noda
Mathematics/Economics/Psychology

I still remember walking into my very first interview with Town and Gown. I was a senior in high school and was anxiously awaiting the meeting. Little did I know that I would be greeted by a room full of warm and kind ladies that would forever make an impression on my life. When I received news of my scholarship, doors immediately opened. USC had always been my dream school, but being the third child to go through college, it wasn't going to be easy for my family. However, thanks to Town and Gown's generosity and genuine love for USC, I was able to attend this amazing university and embark on the many avenues USC offered. This scholarship has allowed me to join the Greek system where I've met my closest friends, serve as a four-year member of Trojan Dance Force where I am able to represent my university at every basketball game, and conduct research in one of the best neuroscience labs in the nation. I have had such an incredible three years at USC and it is largely due to Town and Gown's generosity. Now as I am entering my senior year, I plan to pursue a career in Market Research. USC has allowed me to explore my interests and find a unique major that has prepared me for a career. I am so thankful to Town and Gown for making my dream come true, and allowing me to attend a school that has pushed me to my fullest potential.


Warren Yamashita

Warren Yamashita
Biology/Philosophy

"The University of Southern California, located in the heart of Los Angeles, stands as a center of scholarship, diversity, culture and athletics. With an annual attendance cost of approximately $57,000 to match its prestige, the thought of attending this great institution can fade to just a dream for many hopeful students. However, my dream was made into reality with the help of the Town and Gown association's generous financial support. Along with over a hundred other students, Town and Gown has enabled me to deeply invest in my academic studies, research interests, community involvement and on-campus organizations without having the added stress of worrying about financial obligations. While I have held three paid jobs during my years at USC, I have not had to give up my philosophy and biology double major or sacrifice my friendships and activities to pay off my USC tuition. For that, I am forever grateful to Town and Gown. As I am now applying to medical schools, I know that the experiences I have acquired and the relationships I have made at USC, which would not have been possible without the Town and Gown scholarship, will allow me to become an excellent doctor with great compassion, interpersonal skills and analytic discernment. But beyond becoming a good physician, Town and Gown has helped me become a better person with a caring heart and analytic mind. I can only respond with a warm "Thank You!" to every member of the Town and Gown association who has played a part in making my experiences at USC possible. You are truly leaving a legacy not only at USC, but also in the world as us students move on to lead, innovate, and serve. Keep it up and Fight On!"


Emerald Greene

Emerald Greene
English

The scholarship Town and Gown has graciously given to me for the past four years has made my education at USC possible. Without it, I would never have been able to come here and learn all that I have or have been able to study abroad in London. As far as my future goes, I plan on exploring my options. I will hopefully either be attending graduate school to achieve a Masters in Art History or experimenting in the world of marketing, publishing, writing, or teaching.

 

 


Elizabeth Ng

Elizabeth Ng Business Administration

Blessed. Blessed to be so fortunate to attend one of the best universities in the country. Blessed to be receiving a top-notch education. Blessed to have made some of the best friends. Blessed to have made the most unforgettable memories. Blessed to have had endless opportunities. Blessed to be a Trojan. Blessed to always be able to "fight on."

Town and Gown turned my dream of attending USC into a reality. Attending USC was the best decision I have ever made and it boggles me how fast three years has already gone by. Reflecting on those three years, it amazes me to see everything I have accomplished and all the opportunities I have had. To me, my college experience has been much more than inside the classrooms; it will always be remembered by the memories I made, the foreign countries we travelled to, the friendships, the heartbreaks, and the memories of just living and breathing of happiness. These experiences would not have been possible without the brilliant ladies of Town and Gown. Their generosity and legacy will never be forgotten and I am always reminded of how blessed I am seeing their names on the buildings all over campus.

I am excited and nervous for the future of the unknown. As of now, I have a job opportunity in the fashion retailing industry as a merchandise buyer. I am not quite sure if that is where I want my career path to go but thanks to the Trojan Network I have lots of opportunities to explore.


Michael Salvatore

Michael Salvatore
Fine Arrs

My Town and Gown Scholarship has been an integral part of my experience at USC. It has been a pillar of financial support throughout my time at this prestigious university. The Town and Gown Associates I have met have always been kind and supportive of my academic and leadership endeavors. With the education I have received, I plan to continue my long-term aspirations to become an educator by utilizing what I have learned at USC. My Fine Arts and Anthropology studies will be integral in my creation of school curriculums that challenge and engage students to promote their development and growth as independent and creative individuals. Town and Gown's support on my journey has been invaluable, and it will never be forgotten.


Jordan Cruz

Jordon Cruz
Business Administration

I am so grateful that Town and Gown has helped to give me the opportunity to succeed here at the University of Southern California. With the help of this generous organization, I've been able to take part in all the lessons this wonderful university has to offer both inside and outside the classroom. The Town and Gown award has been a constant reminder of the high academic standards I have continued to hold myself to. Moreover, the award is a reminder to take advantage of the variety of activities available all over Southern California, from community service to joining clubs on campus to starting a career through internships. In my time at USC I've been studying in both Business and Cinematic Arts, and I look forward to furthering my career in the entertainment industry when I graduate this May. Our Business-Cinema Join Program is a unique education that is special to a select group of USC students, and appreciate that my participation in this great program was helped made possible by Town and Gown. Part of the requirement to receive a Town and Gown award is to be from Southern California, and as a homegrown child of the San Fernando Valley, I say with pride that my academic career has been a unique and eventful journey, and I look forward to continuing my life in the LA area.

Thank you for all that you have given me.


Nikki Anas

Nikki Anas
Political Science

Even though we have been in school for nearly two months, I am still having a difficult time accepting that this is my fourth and final year at USC. The past three years have passed by so quickly! In fact, I remember arriving to my first Town and Gown Scholarship interview as if it happened just last week. As much as I am looking forward to my post-college life (and the many USC football games I will be attending as an alumna), I am absolutely going to miss being an undergraduate student at USC. Fortunately, I will be leaving USC with an infinite number of memories and experiences! I am extremely grateful for Town and Gown's continuous support throughout my college career. Town and Gown has contributed to my experience as a USC Trojan from the very beginning. One of my first memories of USC will always be my Town and Gown interview at the Alumni House as a senior in high school. Thank you, Town and Gown, for all of the wonderful support, memories, and encouragement over the past three years!


Katherine Krueger

Katherine Krueger
Business Administration

My Town and Gown scholarship allowed me to pursue a B.S. in Business Administration at the University of Southern California and to become a member of the Trojan family. I've had a more than memorable experience at this great university and if possible, would re-apply as a freshman and do it all over again. I am currently planning to attend law school next year and without Town and Gown's generosity, I wouldn't be able to accomplish this life-long goal. It's saddens me to think about finishing my education at USC but I know that the friends and family I have here will continue to be a huge part of my life. Thank you Town and Gown for allowing me to attend USC and as always, fight on!


Tessa Hayes

Tessa Hayes
Dental Hygiene

What does the Town and Gown Scholarship mean to me?

As a senior who has received this scholarship for the four years that I have been at USC, I cannot thank the committee enough for sponsoring me. I am the second oldest of eleven children and I chose USC because it is close to home, it offers a very impressive education, and because of the dental hygiene program at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, which is by far the best, most world-renowned dental hygiene program in the world. However, by choosing both this university and this major I also chose the one of the most expensive universities and majors! Without Town and Gown offering this scholarship to me I would never have been able to afford the school or career path that I wanted and that has made me so happy.

Future plans:

My plan upon graduation in May 2012 is to work in a private dental practice hopefully on the west side. I am also hoping to work as part-time dental hygiene faculty at the dental school if I am offered the opportunity upon graduation. In terms of long-term goals, dermatology has always interested me so I may go back to school to pursue that too!


Adrianne Lin

Adrianne Lin
Business

As I begin my senior year at USC, I can't help but wonder what would have happened if I didn't attend USC? I would not have the quality education I've received these past few years, the many opportunities to become deeply involved on campus with different organizations, and the international experience of visiting global businesses in Hong Kong and studying in Shanghai. The Town and Gown Scholarship has enabled me to explore the many facets of business, in and outside of the classroom. I am so incredibly grateful to be a Trojan and attending USC, which would not have been possible without the support of the women of Town and Gown. Thank you so much for believing in me these four years and allowing me to be part of your Trojan Family.


Lauren Furniss

Lauren Furniss
Communication and Journalism

I consider the day I received a big, white envelope in the mail from USC to be one of the happiest of my life thus far. My mom and I stood hugging and crying in the street when I pulled out a certificate reading "Welcome to the Trojan Family." My sense of being adopted into a supportive and tight-knit community--truly, a family--has only grown since that day. From warm, engaging professors and advisors to encouraging, caring friends, the relationships I have formed at USC have enabled me to achieve things I never imagined.

My relationship with the wonderful women of Town and Gown is no exception. With the financial support this organization has provided me, I have been able to take full advantage of every opportunity and program USC offers. Per the advice of the Town and Gown members at my interviews and luncheons, I dove into every aspect of campus life starting as a freshman by joining multiple extracurricular organizations, applying for international programs, studying multiple subjects and never missing a football game. Having carried this ambitious attitude with me all four years at USC, I can graduate with no doubt that I enjoyed a college experience that has shaped me not only as a student, but also as an individual.

The generosity of the women of Town and Gown will always epitomize the notion of the Trojan Family to me. As the idea of family has been so crucial to my success at USC, it is something I aspire to continue as an alumna. While my post-graduation plans are not yet established, I do know that I hope to give back to USC by serving in a leadership capacity in one of the university's many alumni organizations, including Town and Gown.