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USC’s Edwin Saucedo named a 2019 Schwarzman Scholar, will study in Beijing

USC graduate student Edwin Saucedo has been selected as a 2019 Schwarzman Scholar and will undertake a one-year master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Saucedo, 22, received his bachelor’s degree in public policy, planning and development this year from the USC Price School of Public Policy…

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“First-Generation College Students Transform the Face of USC”

The man strode up to George Sanchez with a sense of purpose. Sanchez had just wrapped up a pep talk for parents of incoming USC students. The remarks capped off USC’s first dinner for moms and dads of a special group of scholars—those in…

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Los Angeles Times: “Most private colleges take very few transfers. At USC, about 1,500 get a spot each year”

Xavier Garcia ’18 June 5, 2017 – Xavier Garcia sat at a welcome dinner the evening of move-in day at USC, shoulders straight, shirt tucked, hands folded over a notebook filled with questions to ask and people to meet. With Ds in high school and no family with college degrees, he once had dismissed the possibility of attending a private …

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USC Dornsife: “Virtual Food Pantry helps ensure all USC students get enough to eat”

It seems like a classic scenario of the college experience: after a long day of classes, friends going out to get a pizza together. But for a growing number of college students, this represents a luxury beyond their financial means. More and more, food insecurity has become a problem on college campuses, due in part to the rising costs of …

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2010-2016 NTSAF Summer Immersion Program Blogs

The Japan Summer Immersion Program (SIP) increases global awareness among Norman Topping Student Aid Fund scholars and promotes study abroad for first-generation students. Every two years, Director for the Center for Democracy and Diversity George Sanchez and Norman Topping Fund Director Christina Yokoyama take 13 undergraduate students to sites in Los Angeles and Japan to explore the cultural…

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USC Biotech: STEM Pathways Begin in East LA

Felipe Hernandez ’18 October 1, 2016 – What are the keys to become part of the biotechnology evolution? Panelists representing USC, East Los Angeles College (ELAC), and Theodore Roosevelt High School addressed curious middle and high school students, and their parents, with information about rewarding careers related to biotech, medical discovery and technology, and the academic careers that begin with …