eoffrey Leung hadn’t originally planned on attending USC.
“USC was not my first choice,” says Leung, now a junior. As a Chicago high school student, he was accepted into and planned to attend Northwestern’s prestigious bachelor’s and M.D. combined degree program, when USC invited him to campus for an interview.
After visiting the campus, Leung withdrew his application from North-western and enrolled in USC before he even found out that he had been awarded the Trustee Scholarship.
Leung cites the people at USC as one of the principal reasons he came here. “I got to talk with a few of the deans, and they were wonderful,” he says.
In addition, he found that at USC he could pursue varied interests in a flexible curriculum. “That’s something I hadn’t seen at the other schools – their programs were structured very rigidly,” he says.
With a double major in biomedical engineering and English, Leung exemplifies the rigorous, interdisciplinary studies pursued by Trustee Scholars. In addition, he has done bone cell research at the Joint Replacement Institute.
“I plan to go to medical school, but I would love to teach, too,” he says.
As the philanthropy chair of the Associated Trustee Scholars, and a member of the Trojan Scholars for Com-munity Action, Leung has helped coordinate service events such as painting a local middle school.
He also tutors local students through several service programs, including USC’s Neighborhood Academic Initia-tive, a program in which 60 students a year, between seventh and 12th grades, study at USC and get the chance to earn full tuition scholarships and full room-and-board at the university.
Although he is not a music major, he has been able to incorporate his avocation during his tenure here. Leung sings a cappella for the SoCal VoCals and has played violin for the USC Community Orchestra.
“I love music,” he says. “And I’ve gotten the chance to pursue it at USC.”



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