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:

2011 Renaissance Scholar Prize Winners

At the 2011 commencement, the university has recognized 207 seniors as Steven and Kathryn Sample 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 103 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)
Samantha Ancona
  • Biological Sciences (B.A.)
  • Music Performance (Oboe)

Cara Bickers
  • Biological Sciences (B.S.)
  • Classics
Ava Casados
  • Fine Arts (Studio Arts)
  • Psychology

Morgan Dameron
  • Cinematic Arts (Film and Television Production)
  • English

Alicia Lu
  • Neuroscience
  • Sociology

Zara Lukens
  • International Relations
  • Neuroscience
  • Spanish
Kevin Platt
  • Biological Sciences (B.A.)
  • Sociology

Sarrah Shahawy
  • Biological Sciences (B.A.)
  • French

Jeremy Tanner
  • Neuroscience

  • Natural Sciences
  • Business
Monish Ullal
  • Biological Sciences (B.A.)
  • Philosophy


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