While the merit scholarship program, awarded by the Office of Undergraduate Admission, is the biggest merit-based scholarship program offered at USC and does not require any separate application, there are some merit-based scholarships put on by various groups on campus that offer scholarships to hundreds of students each year. Some groups that award scholarships that are such the Latino Alumni Association, the Black Alumni Association, Town and Gown (for Southern California residents), the Lambda LGBT Alumni Association, etc. These merit scholarships do indeed require a separate application in addition to your application for admission, and as the deadlines are fast approaching, you may wish to consider applying to any that pertain to you. For the complete list of merit scholarships and deadlines, please visit USC Scholarships and download the PDF in the bottom for the web page.
The one that we wish to highlight could be the Norman Topping Student help Fund (NTSAF). The point of this scholarship is to provide low-income students who have demonstrated a exceptional amount of community service an opportunity to help fund their higher education at USC. But the scholarship spans beyond the financial reward: NTSAF works to create a support system for its scholars through usage of academic success seminars, monthly faculty lunches, general advising, and even a study break program complete with snacks and masseuses!