Prize Winners Renaissance Scholars

Each year, an exemplary group of ten Renaissance Scholars designees is selected to receive $10,000 prizes towards graduate study. To be considered for the Prize Competition, applicants must be a previously certified Renaissance Scholar candidate and submit all prize application materials by the prize competition deadline (mid-February of the student’s final year at USC).  Students who request certification after the prize competition deadline, but no later than the last day of classes in the Spring semester before their Commencement are not eligible for the Prize Competition but will still be considered for the Renaissance Scholar honor.  Click below to see the list of Prize Winners for current and previous years:

2001 Renaissance Scholar Prize Winners

At the 2001 commencement, the university recognized 67 seniors as USC Renaissance Scholars. Each student completed a major and a minor, or a double major, in two disparate fields with a grade point average of 3.5 or better. Each Renaissance Scholar is also eligible to enter the Renaissance Scholar Prize competition. From among the 54 scholars who chose to compete, 19 have been nominated to receive a $10,000 prize. The 19 prize recipients form an exemplary group. Their names and major(s)/minor(s) are provided below:

Name Major(s) Minor(s)
Neelu Arora
  • Biological Sciences (B.A.)
  • Social Sciences (Economics)
Jason Beck
  • Cinema-Television (Production)
  • Anthropology (Visual Antropology)
Shashank Bengali
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • French
  • Political Science
Angie Chen
  • Print Journalism
  • East Asian Languages and Culture
  •  Animation
Alden Chiu
  • History
  • Biological Studies (B.A.)
Egbert Dawkins
  • Linguistics and Psychology
  • Communication
Grace Fong
  • Music Performance (Piano)
  • Public Policy and
  • Management
  • Business
Jaspaul Gogia
  • History
  • Biological Sciences (B.A.)
Caroline Hennen
  • International Relations
  • Natural Science
Geoff Keighley
  • Business Administration
  • Philosophy
Fereshteh Kermanshahi
  • Biological Sciences (B.S.)
  • Gender Studies
Ashwini Lakshmanan
  • Biological Sciences (B.S.)
  • Social Sciences (Economics)
Natalie Moniaga
  • Biological Sciences
  • Gender Studies
Paritosh Prasad
  • Psychobiology
  • Political Science
Pradeep Prasad
  • Biological Sciences (B.S.)
  • English (American Literature)
Monika Roy
  • Comparative Literature
  • Biological Sciences (B.A.)
  • Cinema-Television
Stephen Sohn
  • Biological Sciences (B.A.)
  • English (Creative Writing)
Michael Vaughan
  • History
  • Cinema-Television (Critical Studies)
Achi Yaffe
  • Business Administration
  • Natural Science


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