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USC Dornsife News: “The Importance of Mentorship”

Adrian Trinidad ’15, MJ Plascencia ’16, Felicitas Reyes ’17, Eunice Velarde ’10, Jasmine Torres ’14, Debbie Rumbo ’13. Adrian Trinidad was in third grade at an inner city Los Angeles elementary school when a chance encounter during a school trip to USC changed the course of his life. A student gave the young boy a bookmark for the Norman Topping …

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USC Dornsife News: “Oscar De Los Santos selected as Truman Scholar”

Oscar de los Santos ’15 April 23, 2014 –   Oscar De Los Santos recalled lunching with President Barack Obama at a café near the White House. Both ordered hamburgers and french fries, Santos going with a strawberry milkshake while the president enjoyed a chocolate shake. Santos, a junior political science major, an incoming freshman…

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USC Daily Trojan: “SC program promotes a safe Halloween”

Erik (Estrada) Bezauri ’17, John Mendoza ’16, Kaijona “KJ” Wade ’17 October 31, 2013 –   Students in USC’s Norman Topping Student Aid Fund teamed up with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks Thursday afternoon to educated children about Halloween safety. Held at the Hoover Recreation Center,…

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LA Times: A 7-year journey to college

Tristan Baizar ’17 September 3, 2013 – Flush with excitement, Tristan Baizar showed up on his USC move-in day even before the official 8 a.m. check-in time. His mom and girlfriend helped him unpack. It was a quick process — from past camps and programs, the 18-year-old South Los Angeles resident knew how to move into USC’s dorms. Except this …

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USC News: “Workshops and more for Topping Scholars”

Recipients of the Norman Topping scholarship in 2012 August 31, 2012 – To make sure they started the school year prepared, recipients of the Norman Topping scholarship gathered for the annual new scholar breakfast and all-scholar retreat. “Everyone in the Topping group is there to help one another,” said Natalie Parra, a freshman majoring in communication. “They’re a family that …

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USC Dornsife News: “Restocking Hope in Japan”

Topping Japan Summer Immersion Program 2012 Cohort – For the past few months, 13 students in USC Dornsife’s Japan Immersion Program have collected 300 American studies books from schools across campus. The students carried the books on a plane for Japan for their two-week Maymester trip sponsored by the Norman Topping Student Aid Fund. The books have arrived in Sendai …

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USC Daily Trojan: “Local Children Visit USC for Safe Trick-Or-Treating”

Norman Topping Safe Halloween November 1, 2011 – USC organizations held trick-or-treating events Monday to provide families in the surrounding community with a safe environment to celebrate Halloween. According to a LivingSocial survey this week, one in five parents said their city is not safe for trick-or-treating and nearly two-thirds of parents…