Topping Scholar Luis Tun is looking to join the business world and eventually found a company dedicated to providing financial advice for immigrant and low-income communities like the one he and his family found so welcoming.
USC NAI Graduates Return to Campus
Three NAI and Topping scholars — who all hail from the areas surrounding both USC campuses — became familiar with being a part of campus life. In previous years, the transition to college was seamless, but campus closures made the transition different this fall. “I’m excited for this year. I feel like I have a support system to get me …
Twin sisters give back to program that helped them succeed at USC
USC Topping alumnae and former foster youth Carmen and Lucero Noyola leaned on the Trojan Guardian Scholars for guidance and support. Now they’re returning the favor.
Campaigning during a global pandemic isn’t easy
“Nothing could have prepared me for this situation,” said Jorgel Chavez, a USC Price student who ran for city councilmember of Bell Gardens while completing his progressive master of public administration degree. “I was running against two previous incumbents and one current incumbent, and I only raised $6,600…I knew I was the underdog. And so, I took to the streets.”
First-gen graduating senior made a home at USC thanks to her Latinx peers
Maria Del Pilar Morales initially struggled to find her place at USC, but she soon discovered her calling in global health and her community among the university’s Latinx students and alumni.
New Trojan wants to inspire more Native American students to attend college
Natalie Battiest is no stranger to USC. As a Bovard Scholar, she lived on campus during summer 2019. And earlier this year, she helped lead the Native American Student Union’s biggest College Exploration Day to date.
High-touch Student Engagement in Remote Learning Environments
At the University of Southern California’s Norman Topping Student Aid Fund, beyond the scholarships we give to high-need, first-gen students with a history of community service, our most precious currency is connection, belonging, and empathy. Our work blends academic and student affairs, and we help students get the most out of the university experience…
Mexicana de corazón: Student recalls family’s sacrifices
Trumpets blasted and cymbals clashed as Selene Castillo walked among the other student representatives across Alumni Park last month. She sported a black and red robe, but it wasn’t her graduation day — she was taking part in Carol Folt’s inauguration as USC’s 12th president.
“I Want To Leave The World A Better Place Than I Found It”
Kevin Moran, astronautical engineering transfer student and U.S. Navy veteran has his eyes set on fusing engineering with humanitarian work
Student creates community for Venezuelan students
Carlos Acosta, who immigrated to the U.S. from Venezuela when he was seven, hopes to create a space for Venezuelan students to come together on campus.