Town and Gown of USC is proud to offer over 140 merit based scholarships totaling over $1,400,000 to deserving incoming freshmen, current undergraduate and graduate students. Scholarships of $10,000 are awarded annually, and are for tuition only.
Qualified applicants must meet all eligibility requirements listed below.
Please note an in-person interview is a prerequisite for scholarship consideration.
Town and Gown of USC Scholarship Eligibility Requirements
Scholarships are for tuition only; tuition remission disqualifies an applicant for a Town and Gown Scholarship award. Please review the eligibility requirements before completing an application. Applicants are required to:
To maintain the scholarship, Town and Gown of USC scholars must be full time students as defined by their program and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Additional requirements apply and are detailed in the scholarship contract.
Categories of Applicants
Incoming Freshmen: Incoming freshmen must have taken the most demanding curriculum and achieved the highest academic levels during their high school careers. SAT and ACT scores must fall in the top 2% to 3% of students nationwide. The recommended un-weighted GPA is 3.8. Leadership, community involvement and activities are considered in the award process.
Current Undergraduate Students: Current USC undergraduate student applicants and transfer students who have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.4 are eligible for scholarships. Leadership, community involvement and activities are considered in the award process.
Incoming Graduate Students: Applying for Graduate School students who have a GPA of 3.4 higher are eligible for scholarships. Leadership, community involvement and activities are considered in the award process. You must meet all Town and Gown of USC Scholarship eligibility requirements.
Current Graduate Students: Current USC graduate students who have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.4 are eligible. Leadership, community involvement and activities are considered in the award process.
* Current or past undergraduate Town and Gown of USC Scholarship recipients must reapply for a Progressive or Graduate Scholarship.
How do I Determine if I am a Permanent Resident of Southern California?
If you are an undergraduate student, you must have graduated from a Southern California High School or equivalent.
Students who have completed 4 years as an undergraduate student at USC also qualify.
If you are a graduate student age 24 or younger, we require one of the following: 4 years of residency documented by a Southern California high school diploma or equivalent, 4 years of undergraduate study at USC, or employer verification.
If you are a graduate student age 25 or older, 5 years of residency documented by a degree, diploma or professional certificate from an accredited institution in California, undergraduate degree from USC, or employer verification.
Applications for the 2018-19 academic year will be accepted between August 1, 2017 and Dec 1, 2017. Scholarships for Fall 2018 will be awarded in Spring 2018.