Our Vision:
A student’s social and economic background will NOT inhibit their access to and success in higher education.

2018-2019 NTSAF Governing Board

About The Governing Board

The Norman Topping Student Aid Fund is the only student initiated, student funded, primarily student administered scholarship in the nation. The Topping Fund is administered by a Governing Board composed of 12 voting student members, three USC alumni, two current Topping Scholars, one faculty member and representatives from the offices of Admission and Financial Aid who select the scholars and oversee the long term policies and procedures of the Topping Scholarship.

Governing Board selection takes place in the fall of each academic year. The number of appointments is dependent upon the number of open representative seats. Terms of appointments range based on representative status. Board members attend the annual Fall Governing Board Retreat (1-day event), usually held in late September or early October, and 2-3 Governing Board meetings per semester. Board members must also be available during the summer months for scholarship application reading, interviewing and scholar selection.

Students interested in serving on the Governing Board in should contact the NTSAF office. Benefits of being a student representative include:

  • Service to the university and local community
  • Interaction with amazing applicants and current Topping Scholar
  • Recruitment and outreach experience
  • Networking with student leaders, faculty and staff

Message From the Chair

Dear Topping Scholars and Friends,

For the past four decades, we have provided hundreds of students with the opportunity to not only access, but thrive at USC. Our impending 50th anniversary implores us to truly take a good look at the course we’ve charted to get here; our successes and limitations, our prides and challenges. As the Topping Family continues to grow in numbers, we must also safeguard the core values and tenets that make us one of the most unique retention programs in the nation.

Striking this balance will be the moral imperative of my tenure with the Topping Governing Board. I am both honored and excited to play this pivotal role in a time of change and growth, as we bring the program up-to-speed with the demands of the modern day.

But most of all, getting to know the stories of our scholars, and watching them excel both within USC and in our surrounding community, is what drives me on an everyday basis. The Governing Board faces unprecedented obstacles in our work this year, but the enduring tenacity of our scholars’ own journeys to USC always reminds us of why we serve.

As the Governing Board moves towards selecting the next cohort of scholars, I urge every potential applicant with a heart for community service to put themselves forward. Each and every one of our scholars exemplifies diversity, generosity of spirit and a will to achieve, no matter their socio-economic background. If this sounds like you, then I look forward to reading your application!

Dustin Wong

NTSAF Governing Board Chair 2018-2019