Scholarship

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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

Applicants are required to:

  • Be a United States citizen. Permanent residents do not qualify.
  • Be a permanent resident of Southern California. Bakersfield is the northern most boundary.
  • Demonstrate academic strengths, leadership, and community involvement.
  • Be full-time students. Undergraduate students must complete 12 to 18 units per semester and achieve degree completion within 4 years, unless in a 5 year program. Graduate students must complete 8 or more units per semester in a Master’s program and 6 or more units per semester in a Doctoral program and be considered full time by the graduate program.
  • Tuition remission disqualifies the applicant - scholarships are for tuition only.

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. School activities, community involvement, and leadership are considered in the award process.

Current Undergraduate Students: Current USC undergraduate student applicants who have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.4 are eligible for scholarships. School activities, community involvement, and leadership are considered in the award process.

Current Graduate Students: Current USC graduate student applicants who have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.4 are eligible for scholarships. School activities, community involvement, and leadership are considered in the award process.

Here are some guidelines:

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Be a permanent resident of Southern California (Bakersfield is considered northernmost boundary)
  • Not be a current member of Town and Gown of USC
  • Not be related to a current member of Town and Gown of USC who is involved in the decision making process
  • Demonstrates academic strength, leadership and community involvement
  • Not be receiving tuition remission or a Trustee Scholarship
  • Scholarship funds are merit based and must be used for tuition only
  • 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.

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.  If you are a graduate student age 24 or younger, we require four years of residency documented by Southern California high school diploma or equivalent, employer verification, proof of voter registration or California Driver's License. If you are a graduate student age 25 or older, five years of residency documented by California Driver's License, employer verification or proof of voter registration is required.

The online application is available from October 1 to December 1, 2015 for scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Questions
Direct any questions regarding the Town and Gown of USC scholarship process not answered above to: townandgownofuscscholarship@gmail.com.

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