The University of Southern California (USC) actually has several campuses, but they are primarily located in the urban setting of Los Angeles, California. There is also satellite campuses located in Irvine and Marina Del Rey, as well as a few specialties centers around the nation. USC is the oldest research center in the state of California.
Having been established in 1880 by Judge Robert M. Widney, USC is one of the oldest colleges in California. During their first year of operations the university had only 53 students whereas currently there are about 37,000 enrollees. The admissions policy at USC is very strict, with the average new student having a GPA of 3.8 and less than 25% of all applications are accepted by the university. Some of the more distinguished alumni of USC include astronaut Neil Armstrong, actor Forest Whitaker, former First Lady of the United States Pat Nixon and singer Macy Gray.
The most popular majors at the University of Southern California include law, medicine, social work and business. USC participates in the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) and has several exceptional sports team on campus. USC has won a total of 92 national championships, which is more than any other college in the United States.
Mork Family Scholarship
This USC scholarship is for incoming freshman only and is an academic merit based scholarship. The award is full tuition at USC.
USC Black Alumni Association Scholarship
This program is exclusively for applicants of African American heritage. It is available for freshman, transfer and graduate students. Applicants need to be able to display a strong commitment to the black community, as well as both academic excellence and financial need. The value of this scholarship is $500-$4,000 and approximately 70 awards are given each year.
The SCions scholarship is for siblings, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of USC alumni. Further, it is only available for currently enrolled students. 75 to 100 awards are issued annually, with an average award of $2,000.
Town and Gown Scholarship
The Town and Gown scholarship program at the USC is for applicants who are permanent residents of southern California. This is a merit based scholarship where only students who have achieved academic excellence will qualify. Preference is given to those who do volunteer work and a personal interview is also required. The award varies from $6,000 to $10,000 and several are disbursed each year.
Latino Alumni Association
Applicants for this scholarship program must be of Latino heritage and also be able to demonstrate a commitment to the Latino community. This USC scholarship takes into consideration both academic excellence as well as financial need. Two hundred awards in the amount of $1,000-$5,000 are issued annually. This scholarship is available to both freshman and transfer students.