Scholarships

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Both general and program-specific scholarships are available. While you may be automatically considered for some USC Rossier scholarships upon application, other scholarships require a separate application. To receive priority consideration for a scholarship, submit your application in one of our early application rounds.

Use the filtering tools to identify opportunities for which you may qualify. For the most accurate information, please navigate to the individual scholarship’s website. Visit Financing Graduate School for more information on funding your studies.

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  1. A

    1. The ACS-Hach Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Scholarship is awarded to recent graduates and graduate students with limited work experience and an interest in becoming secondary chemistry teachers. Recipients must be pursuing a master’s degree in education or becoming certified as a chemistry/science teacher.

       

      To be eligible, applicants must:

      • Have a bachelor's degree or higher in chemistry or chemistry-related discipline
      • Have less than one year work experience outside of obtaining undergraduate and graduate degrees
      • Demonstrate an interest and commitment to becoming a secondary educator
      • Be accepted into an education master’s program or teacher certification program
      • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

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    2. The ACS-Hach Second Career Teacher Scholarship is awarded to professionals in the chemistry field pursuing new careers as high school chemistry teachers.

      To be eligible, applicants must:

      • Have a bachelor’s degree or higher in chemistry or chemistry-related discipline
      • Have at least one year work experience in a chemistry-related profession
      • Not have more than one year experience as a high school chemistry teacher
      • Be accepted into an education master’s program or teacher certification program
      • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

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    3. The AFCEA Educational Foundation is offering competitive based scholarships of $2,500 each. To be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens living in the United States and have a current overall GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale in their current program at an accredited U.S. college or university.

      Graduate-level candidates must currently be in at least their second semester and taking at least two (2) semester-equivalent courses per term at an accredited college or university in the United States and majoring in education for the purpose of teaching STEM subjects in a U.S. school in grades K-12 at the time of application.

      Current credential and licensure students must have completed a bachelor’s of science degree or graduate degree in a STEM major. Expected graduation/completion date cannot be in the year the scholarship is awarded.

      Undergraduate students are ineligible to apply.

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    4. A variety of grants and fellowships for graduate women students.

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    5. The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and American Council of the Blind (ACB) have partnered together to offer educational scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $7,500 for those attending a technical college or attending university as an entering freshman, undergraduate, or graduate student.

      To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants need to be legally blind, maintain a 3.0 GPA to be eligible for most scholarships, be a full-time student (as well as students who work 32 or more hours per week and attend college part-time), and be involved in their school/local community.

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    6. The APF Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship supports graduate-level scholarly projects that use a psychological perspective to help understand and reduce stigma associated with mental illness. The scholarship helps address research which shows that stigma is a significant barrier to treatment and recovery for many of the 50 million Americans living with mental illness.

      Applicants must be graduate students in good standing at an accredited university, demonstrating commitment to stigma issues.

      Proposals will be evaluated on conformance with stated program goals, quality of proposed work and applicant’s demonstrated scholarship and competence.

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  2. C

    1. The CABE Teachership Program is an endowment fund established by CABE to award $2,000 scholarships to college or university students seeking a career in pursuing their bilingual teaching credential.

      Candidates must:

      • Be a current member of CABE
      • Be enrolled in a college/university with a declared major leading to a teacher credential (elementary/secondary) and/or have completed a minimum of 15 college credits and/or enrolled in a teacher preparation program (must provide transcripts)
      • Have experience working in an educational setting as a teacher assistant or mentor
      • Provide proof of current enrollment in a college/university
      • Have full proficiency in English and one other language that is used as a medium of instruction and/or that is the primary language of students in the public schools
      • Be committed to pursuing a career as a preschool/elementary/secondary level bilingual teacher

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    2. The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) Educational Foundation Scholarship commemorating Clinton E. Phillips honors his memory by providing financial assistance to a person who is enrolled in an approved or accredited program leading to a degree which meets the requirements of Sections 4980.37, 4980.40, and 4980.41 of the Business and Professions Code, (i.e. in a pre-license MFT program), OR pursuing an advanced degree or certification beyond the qualifying degree for the license.

      Applicants must be in good academic standing, demonstrate a high degree of academic achievement, demonstrate financial need, participate actively in community and civic events, and demonstrate a commitment to the profession of marriage and family therapy.

      It is not mandatory that one be a member of CAMFT. However, preference may be given to applicants who have expressed their commitment to the profession through membership in CAMFT.

      Applicants may only apply to one CAMFT scholarship/grant.

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  3. D

    1. This scholarship is awarded once a year to one student. A candidate for this scholarship must be enrolled full time at a 2- or 4-year college or university.

      Applicants must be Native Americans and proof of American Indian blood is required by letter or proof papers. Students must demonstrate financial need, academic achievement and have a 3.25 GPA or higher. A recipient may reapply for this scholarship and be considered along with other members of the applicant pool.

      The amount of scholarship is based on total return of the endowment, and may vary year to year.

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  4. E

    1. The ETS Research & Development (R&D) division seeks applicants who wish to collaborate with ETS team members to carry out innovative and impactful R&D projects aligned with ETS's mission.

      ETS values candidates with diverse experiences and encourages all who are eligible to apply. They are especially interested in applications from students from underrepresented groups and backgrounds. Applicants should have an expertise and interest in at least one of the following areas:

      • Assessment, Measurement and Psychometrics: assessment design, validity, fairness and psychometric modeling
      • Education: higher education, undergraduate and graduate admissions, teacher education; language learning, teaching and assessment; K–12 learning, teaching and assessment
      • Educational Technology: research engineering or back, front and full stack software development
      • Learning Science and Design: the science of how individuals learn most effectively and impactful instructional design
      • Natural Language Processing: speech recognition and computational linguistics
      • Program Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E): tracking and assessing implementation and performance of projects and programs
      • Psychology: cognitive psychology, educational psychology and industrial-organizational psychology
      • Qualitative Research Methods: instrument and data collection (e.g., interview, focus group, observations) and qualitative data analysis
      • Statistics and Data Science: machine learning, causal inference, computational statistics and hierarchical modeling
      • User Experience: user experience research and/or design
      • Workforce: upskilling and reskilling, career to workforce transition, skills training and skills-based hiring

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  5. F

    1. Predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral fellowships are awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation.

      Those who are eligible to apply include all U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card); individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program; Indigenous individuals exercising rights associated with the Jay Treaty of 1794; individuals granted Temporary Protected Status; asylees; and refugees, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation.

      Applicants must be individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations) and committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level in the U.S.

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    2. To be qualified to receive a scholarship award, applicants must be a full-time (12 units undergraduate/9 units graduate) college/trade/vocational student for the academic year. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2.

      Scholarships are offered to students with low vision from 20/70 in the better eye with best possible correction, or a field no greater than 30 degrees and to those who are legally blind and have some usable vision.

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  6. H

    1. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria defined by the donor when the fund is established.

      General criteria that apply to most scholarships include the following:

      • Be a resident of the state of Hawai‘i
      • Demonstrate financial need
      • Attend an accredited two or four year not-for-profit institution within the United States as either an undergraduate or graduate student
      • Be a full-time student as determined by your institution
      • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.7 (unless otherwise stated)

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    2. Every year, HSF selects ~10,000 outstanding students as HSF Scholars from a broad and talented pool of applicants.

      Applicants must:

      • Be of Hispanic heritage
      • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent legal resident, or DACA recipient
      • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for high school students and a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for college and graduate students
      • Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited, public or not-for-profit, four-year university, or graduate school, in the U.S.
      • Submit the FAFSA or state-based financial aid forms (if applicable)

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  7. J


    1. The fellowships are intended exclusively for graduate study leading to a master’s degree. James Madison Fellows may attend any accredited institution of higher education in the United States. Each Fellow will be expected to pursue and complete a master’s degree in one of the following (listed in order of the Foundation’s preference):

      1. Master of Arts (MA) in American history, political science, or government
      2. Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) concentrating on either American constitutional history (in a history department) or American government, political institutions, and political theory (in a political science department)
      3. Master of Education (MED) or the Master of Arts or Master of Science in Education with a concentration in American history or American government, political institutions, and political theory

      Fellowship applicants compete only against other applicants from the state of their legal residence. To be eligible to apply for a fellowship, you must:

      • Be a U.S. citizen
      • Be a teacher or plan to become a teacher, of American history, American government, or civics classes where you will teach topics on the Constitution at the secondary school level (grades 7–12)
      • Possess a bachelor’s degree or plan to receive a bachelor’s degree no later than August 31 of the year in which you are applying
      • Demonstrate intent to pursue and complete a program of graduate study that emphasizes the Constitution and offers instruction in that subject
      • Demonstrate devotion to civic responsibility
      • Demonstrate the capacity for study and performance as classroom teachers

      Applicants will be evaluated without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, political affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation or other non-merit factors.

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    2. DeKarman fellowships are open to PhD students in any discipline, including international students who are currently enrolled at one of the following universities:

      • California Institute of Technology
      • University of California, Berkeley
      • University of California, Davis
      • University of California, Irvine
      • University of California, Los Angeles
      • University of California, San Diego
      • University of California, Santa Barbara
      • University of California, Santa Cruz
      • University of Southern California
      • Stanford University

      Undergraduate students, master’s degree students, and postdoctoral scholars are not eligible for consideration. Special consideration will be given to applicants in the humanities.

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  8. K

    1. This scholarship was established in memory of Kelsey P. Dresser, a promising first-year Master of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) student who was dedicated to helping others. The scholarship is awarded to one MFT student each year, based on merit. The scholarship recipient will be notified upon admission; no application is necessary.

    2. KASF scholarships (which range from $500 to $5,000) are offered to qualified Korean American students (including foreign students from Korea). All applicants must be enrolled in a full time program in the U.S. during the scholarship application year. If extra funds are available, other students (non Koreans) may qualify for scholarships. Specifically, descendants of American veterans who served during the Korean War may qualify for scholarships (applicable to selective regions).

      To apply for KASF scholarships, it is very important to follow the specific requirements and instructions of the region where the applicant’s school is/will be located during the scholarship application year as the type and amount of available scholarships may differ from region to region.

      Note: Applicants can only apply to the region in which their school is located.

      Applicants are evaluated based on financial need, scholastic achievement, recommendations, an essay, and community service/extracurricular activities.

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  9. L

    1. This scholarship program is open to students pursuing master level degrees related to community counseling, marriage and family counseling, counseling psychology, guidance counseling, mental health counseling, and clinical psychology.

      Selection is based on academic history, extracurricular activities, and employment history. Eligible students must be full-time students during the academic year the scholarship is received. Financial need is not considered.

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    2. In 2022–2023, three USC Rossier students were awarded the Leo F. Buscaglia Endowed Fellowship.

      Named for a well-respected scholar and USC alumnus, the Buscaglia Fellowship is awarded to qualified admitted MAT students who attended a Title I high school and plan to begin their teaching career in an urban school. Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) applicants to USC Rossier's on-campus programs are eligible to apply. The scholarship application will be sent once the MAT program application is complete.

  10. P

    1. In the 2020-21 academic year, a USC Rossier student obtained this scholarship. 

      Teacher’s Test Prep offers two $5,000 scholarships: one to an aspiring elementary school teacher and one to an aspiring secondary school teacher. Funds are awarded directly to the recipient to help pay for living expenses that financial aid typically doesn't cover so students can focus more time on preparing to become a credentialed teacher.

      To qualify, applicants must be enrolled in a teacher preparation program in the US for the 2022-23 academic year and be able to demonstrate financial need. Note that the organization will request evidence of financial need, such as the receipt of federal student aid, when notifying finalists.

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    2. The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program is intended for immigrants and children of immigrants who are pursuing full-time graduate degrees at United States institutions. The Fellowship supports one- to two-years of graduate study in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program in the United States.

      To be eligible, your birth parents must have both been born outside of the US as non-US citizens, and both parents must not have been eligible for US citizenship at the time of their births. Eligible applicants must be 30 or younger as of the application deadline.

      Executive graduate programs, joint bachelor's/master's programs in which both degrees are awarded simultaneously, certificate programs, post-baccalaureate programs, graduate programs that are not in the United States, and graduate programs that are not fully accredited are not eligible for Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships funding.

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  11. R

    1. This scholarship honors the memory of Ronald D. Lunceford by providing financial assistance to a person who is a member of an ethnic or racial minority AND enrolled in an approved or accredited program leading to a degree which meets the requirements of Sections 4980.37, 4980.40, and 4980.41 of the Business and Professions Code, (i.e. in a pre-license MFT program), OR pursuing an advanced degree or certification beyond the qualifying degree for the license.

      Applicants must be in good academic standing, demonstrate a high degree of academic achievement, demonstrate financial need, participate actively in community and civic events, and demonstrate a commitment to the profession of marriage and family therapy.

      It is not mandatory that one be a member of CAMFT. However, preference may be given to applicants who have expressed their commitment to the profession through membership in CAMFT.

      Applicants may only apply to one CAMFT scholarship/grant.

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  12. T

    1. The Foundation awards research grants and fellowships to scholars studying the origins and effects of violence in the United States and abroad.

      The Foundation welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences or allied disciplines that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression. Highest priority is given to research that addresses urgent, present-day problems of violence—what produces it, how it operates, and what prevents or reduces it.

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    2. Since 2002, TIRF has supported students completing their doctoral research on topics related to the foundation’s priorities. Each year, applicants who have been advanced to candidacy in legitimate PhD or EdD programs are invited to submit proposals for Doctoral Dissertation Grants (DDGs). Please note that DDG applicants do not need to be U.S. citizens.

      Applicants must:

      • Be enrolled in a legitimate doctoral program
      • Be advanced to candidacy and have had a research plan approved by a faculty committee at their university
      • Write a proposal which is clearly related to one or more of TIRF’s Research Topics: 
        • Language planning and policy
        • Curriculum, instruction and teacher preparation
        • Language assessment
      • Follow specific instructions located in the call for proposals
      • Have their research supervisor submit an official letter of support attesting to the applicant’s readiness to complete the doctoral dissertation

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    3. Practicing K–12 public, private, and parochial school teachers are eligible to apply for Newberry Teacher Fellowships; Chicago Public Schools teachers are especially encouraged to apply.

      Knowledge of or familiarity with the Newberry Library’s mission, collection strengths, and educational resources (digital and otherwise) would be considered a plus.

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    4. Sponsored by Ron Chang Lee, this award was created in 2018 to honor three TESOL members who have achieved excellence through the implementation of technology in teaching ESL/EFL.

      Any TESOL member in good standing is eligible to apply.

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    5. Albert and Toni Roothbert established the Roothbert Fund to assist those in need of financial aid to further their education. Based in New York City, the Roothbert Fund operates as a volunteer organization. Through scholarship, the Fund supports fellows’ graduate or undergraduate study at an accredited institution based in the United States. The Fund seeks candidates motivated by spiritual values.

      The Fund seeks candidates whose daily actions are guided by spiritual motives, with preference for graduate and undergraduate students with one year of college completed.

      Preference to candidates who reside in or attend schools in these states: Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia.

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    6. The Tillman Scholar program is open to applicants who are veterans and active duty military service members from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, including the National Guard, who have served in both pre-and post-9/11 eras and current spouses of veteran or active service members, including surviving spouses. Child dependents are not eligible to apply.

      Spouses, veterans and service members who apply must be a full-time student pursuing an undergraduate degree (bachelor’s), a graduate, or professional degree at a public or private, U.S.-based, accredited institution for the upcoming fall/spring academic year.

      Strong applicants for this military scholarship demonstrate clear academic goals, extraordinary leadership potential and a deep desire to create positive change. They believe their best years of service to our country are still ahead of them, and they are committed to strengthening communities at home and around the world.

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    7. The TOEFL® COE Young Students Series (YSS) Research Grants for graduate students are intended to support research related to the TOEFL YSS assessments (the TOEFL Primary® and TOEFL Junior® tests) as well as foundational research that promotes high-quality language assessment related to young English learners between the ages of 8 and 16.

      The TOEFL YSS Research Grants for graduate students are offered to students enrolled in master's and doctoral programs in institutions around the world in language testing, language education, applied linguistics or related fields. Priority for the Research Grants for Graduate Students will be given to TOEFL YSS-related research or foundational research related to young students of English as a Foreign Language (EFL).

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    8. In 2020-2021, 5 Rossier students were awarded scholarships through Town and Gown of USC.

      Applicants are required to demonstrate academic strengths, leadership, and community involvement, be a citizen of the United States, be a permanent resident of Southern California, be unrelated to any member of Town and Gown of USC who is currently actively involved in the selection and funding of scholarships at the time of the scholarship application, and be a full-time student.

      Applicants must not be a current member of Town and Gown of USC, not be receiving tuition remission, i.e., a Trustee Scholarship (full-tuition), Presidential Scholarship (half-tuition), or any other combination of scholarships totaling 50% of tuition.

      Undergraduate students must complete 12 to 18 units per semester and achieve degree completion within 4 years, unless in a 5-year program such as Architecture. 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. Students working on dissertations do not qualify for scholarships.

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  13. U

    1. UNCF manages various scholarship programs and each program has its own eligibility criteria, open/close dates and required documentation. To apply for a UNCF scholarship, you must apply through the online application process. As many of the UNCF scholarships require that the scholarship recipient apply for Federal Student Aid, it is recommended that applicants complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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    2. Applicants for awards must be an admitted or continuing USC student. Undergraduates must be enrolled for full-time coursework. Graduate students should also be enrolled full time, but part-time coursework will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

      The minimum cumulative G.P.A. for this scholarship is 2.5. Applicants should exemplify commitment and identification with the African American community. Recipients will be selected on the basis of academic and personal merit, and demonstrated involvement within the African American community. Incoming freshmen, transfer and graduate students will be reviewed and selected after they have been admitted.

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    3. In 2022–2023, one USC Rossier student was awarded a scholarship through the USC Lambda LGBT Alumni Association.

      The scholarships are awarded to USC undergraduate and graduate students in any academic program of study whose creative work, scholarship and/or community engagement demonstrates exemplary leadership within the LGBTQ+ community.

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    4. In 2020-2021, 13 Rossier students were awarded scholarships through the USC Latino Alumni Association.

      The LAA Scholarship Committee considers a number of factors in a student’s application, including USC activities and service. The committee is particularly interested in funding students who have demonstrated a commitment to the Latino/Hispanic community, as well as leadership aptitude and exceptional academic and professional potential.

      Scholarship applicants must be enrolled as full-time students: graduate students must complete a minimum of 6 units per semester with a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

      Scholarships are awarded on the basis of need and/or merit.

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    5. In 2021–2022, four USC Rossier students were awarded scholarships through the Norman Topping Student Aid Fund.

      The purpose of the NTSAF is to assist students with high financial need who demonstrate an extraordinary level of community awareness in their pursuit of higher education at USC. First-generation college students and local area applicants are given primary consideration in the scholarship selection process. However, the scholarship is not limited to these populations.

      The Topping Scholarship is renewable during the student’s tenure at USC by fulfilling all scholarship requirements which include maintaining a minimum USC cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (3.0 for graduate Scholars), continual full-time enrollment, full attendance at all NTSAF required events, and completion 20 hours of community service per semester. The Topping Scholar’s class standing and program of study determine the maximum number of semester of scholarship eligibility.

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    6. In 2022–2023, 218 USC Rossier students were awarded USC Rossier scholarships.

      Scholarship recipients are selected by USC Rossier faculty and staff from a competitive pool. Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, demonstrated dedication to advancing educational equity and other distinguishing characteristics.

    7. In 2020-2021, two Rossier students were awarded scholarships through the USC Staff Assembly.

      The Staff Assembly Scholarship supports USC staff members with a non-renewable $1,000 award. Staff members who best represent the USC staff community while simultaneously dedicating themselves to earning a degree at USC are selected.

      Applicants must be in good standing with the university, a Tuition Assistance Benefit-eligible staff member, and be currently enrolled in any USC degree-granting program. The applicant may not have received a Staff Assembly Scholarship before and may not be a current Staff Assembly Member. Applicants must demonstrate a strong commitment to the University in two areas — service and staff excellence.

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