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:

2008 Renaissance Scholar Prize Winners

At the 2008 commencement, the university has recognized 155 seniors as USC Renaissance Scholars. Each student has 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. Of the 77 graduating scholars who chose to compete, ten have been nominated to receive a $10,000 prize. The ten prize recipients form an exemplary group. Their names and major(s)/minor(s) are provided below:

Name Major(s) Minor(s)
Jason Batten
  • Health and Humanity
  • Musical Studies

Elizabeth Cook
  • History
  • Theatre
  • Business
Colin Field-Eaton
  • Biophysics
  • Russian
Julianne Gale
  • Computer Science
  • Theatre
  • Applied Theatre Arts/Education
Matthew Getz
  • Biochemistry
  • History
  • Religion
Andrew Horning
  • Chemistry (B.S.)
  • Comparative Literature
Christina Ma
  • Biological Sciences (B.S.)
  • Spanish
Jeanie Paik
  • Biological Sciences (B.A.)
  • International Relations
Deborah Rho
  • Economics/Mathematics
  • Philosophy
Laura Simurda
  • Astronomy (B.S.)
  • History
  • Print Journalism


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