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University of Southern California students have many scholarships opportunities that they may want to consider to help alleviate the financial burdens of attending college. Many of the scholarships are geared towards students with unique qualifications, such as high academic achievement, membership in an underrepresented group, or who have some type of unique athletic or artistic abilities. The following scholarships are open to USC students:
USC Merit Scholarships are open to students who apply to the university prior to the December deadline. Students who apply prior to this deadline are automatically considered for these scholarships without having to complete a separate application. This is awarded through the Office of Admission. These scholarships range from approximately three thousand dollars to full tuition. Selection criteria for these scholarships include previous academic scholarship, service to the community, talent, and leadership abilities.
ASU graduate students also have a number of options in terms of scholarships. The SCA Graduate student Support Fund is awarded to incoming graduate students who enroll at full-time status. Students must have a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average and have applied prior to the January 4th deadline. Students are able to renew this award annually. The Shiriram Family Graduate Student Support Fund help students in the USC School of Cinematic Arts program attend the university when they may not have otherwise been able to afford the program.
Students must have at least a 3.0 grade point average. This award is renewable and recipients will be able to meet the donors. The Robert Rodriguez Fellowships to Support New Voices in Entertainment funded by the USC Fogelman Family Fund for Diversity is only available to students who enroll in the MFA Writing for screen and Television program. This scholarship aims to support the education of students who are underrepresented in entertainment realm. Thus, students who plan to contribute to the viewing interests of Latino audiences are given the strongest consideration.
Every year, two recipients are selected and each winner will receive an award worth $25,000. The recipients may also be selected to participate in other career development opportunities, such as internships and mentoring opportunities. More information about these and other graduate scholarships can be found at the following website: https://cinema.usc.edu/scholarships/.
One of the highest awards given out is the prestigious Trustee Scholarships. This award covers full tuition and the number of awards given out varies by year. All incoming freshmen are automatically considered for this award, so no separate application is required. Individuals who are selected as finalists (typically finalists are selected in January or February) may be required to attend an interview. These interviews will be conducted in February to March during the Explore USC events. Recipients of the award will be notified in April. In addition to the Trustee Scholarships, the Presidential Scholarships provide students with an award of half of the current tuition. The Deans Scholarship also offers students remission on a quarter of their tuition expenses. More information about these three scholarships can be found at: https://dornsife.usc.edu/trustee-presidential-deans-scholarships.
Author: Jeff Gitlen