USC creates full-need scholarship focused on Ednovate students

December 4, 2019

Graduates of the school system founded by USC will get a boost

The University of Southern California has announced the establishment of a full-ride scholarship for low-income students graduating from schools in the Ednovate network.

The USC Rossier School of Education established the Ednovate charter management organization in 2012 to create and operate five high schools in the Greater Los Angeles area. A sixth planned school will join the network, which today is independently operated by Ednovate Inc., in 2020.

Under the terms of the scholarship, one graduating senior from each of the five schools who applies to and enrolls in USC will be eligible for the scholarship.

“Since we founded our first school in 2012, the goal has always been about preparing students to succeed in college, and then to have them do it,” said Dean Karen Symms Gallagher, chair of the Ednovate board and Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean at USC Rossier. “We know money is one of the top stressors for graduating seniors. These scholarships are an important new way to help fulfill our vision of creating positive multigenerational change, and of ensuring that students are headed toward a life of purpose and impact.”

Conversations to create the scholarship began in summer 2019 between Gallagher, USC Dean of Financial Aid Thomas McWhorter and Ednovate CEO Oliver Sicat ’01.

Most students in the Ednovate network come from low-income families. While many who attend USC already receive some form of financial aid, the scholarship will close any remaining gaps in funding for selected students. Designated as “full need,” the scholarship will extend beyond tuition to also pay for room and board and classroom materials as necessary. If more than one student from a graduating class at a particular school enrolls at USC, the admissions office will choose the recipient.

Of the five seniors classes that have graduated from Ednovate schools (four from USC Hybrid High, founded in 2012, and one from East College Prep, founded in 2015), all have had a 100 percent graduation rate and 100 percent acceptance rate to at least one four-year college. Fourteen current USC students graduated from Ednovate schools.

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