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Dear Friend of USC:

As you’ll see on this website, the SCholars Program is very special. It reaches out to local community colleges and extends a welcoming hand to students from low-income backgrounds, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college.

Once these students arrive at USC, the SCholars Program stays with them. They receive the support network and services they need to thrive, while earning a top-notch education that will remain with them for a lifetime. They become SCholars.

But these students are not the only ones to benefit. They bring their diverse experiences to USC, offering new perspectives and fresh ideas that enrich our community’s fabric. Their voices enliven classroom discussions, and their faces brighten the university’s residence halls, libraries and campus walkways. They help USC reflect the vibrant community in which we live.

In the past, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has generously supported this program and has laid a solid foundation for its continued success. But as the foundation’s non-renewable grant comes to an end, the university seeks new funding sources. I hope you’ll consider supporting the SCholars Program and USC’s efforts to offer a world-class education to less-advantaged local students. Their success in life is our success.

Support a service, fund a program, sponsor a staff member … there are a variety of ways you can contribute to help sustain the vital services that the SCholars Program provides.

Cordially,

C. L. Max Nikias
President

For more information about specific giving opportunities, contact:
Judi Biggs Garbuio, Ph.D., Associate Dean
Academic Recognition and Scholars Programs
(213) 740-9116 or judibg@usc.edu

SUPPORT SCHOLAR SERVICES

Outreach and Recruitment
Staff members encourage local, high achieving community college students to join their school’s SCholars Club, which offers support services centered on transferring to selective universities. Specific events include:

SCholars Club Kick-Off Reception
$12,000

Participants and their families are invited to the USC campus for a formal celebration that recognizes each student’s selection to the program. Participants receive an overview of SCholars Club activities and services and meet current USC students, administrators and faculty as well as prominent alumni who transferred from local community colleges.

Transfer Success Seminars
$1,500

Conducted at the partner community colleges, each seminar features guest speakers such as current USC students, USC faculty and staff, and University of California representatives. Students learn about the admissions and financial aid processes and begin drafting their personal statements.

Day in the Life of a Trojan
$5,000

This one-day program helps participants understand the day-to-day activities that comprise the typical USC student experience. It includes an official welcome to campus by the associate vice president for Student Affairs, a campus tour, mock lecture, lunch in a dining hall, shadowing of current USC transfer students, a presentation about USC’s Norman Topping Scholarship and a panel discussion with current USC transfer students.This one-day program helps participants understand the day-to-day activities that comprise the typical USC student experience. It includes an official welcome to campus by the associate vice president for Student Affairs, a campus tour, mock lecture, lunch in a dining hall, shadowing of current USC transfer students, a presentation about USC’s Norman Topping Scholarship and a panel discussion with current USC transfer students.

SCholars Club Closing Reception
$4,000

At the end of each year, the SCholars Program, in collaboration with East Los Angeles Community College and Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, hosts receptions for participants who have been admitted to four-year colleges and universities.At the end of each year, the SCholars Program, in collaboration with East Los Angeles Community College and Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, hosts receptions for participants who have been admitted to four-year colleges and universities.

Help inspire community college students to transfer to a major research university. To get involved, contact:
Judi Biggs Garbuio, Ph.D., Associate Dean
Academic Recognition and Scholars Programs
(213) 740-9116 or judibg@usc.edu

FUND A SCHOLARS' PROGRAM

USC Support Services
This phase includes academic, social and financial assistance for SCholars who enroll at USC to ensurea smooth transition and establish a foundation for success.

SCholar Immersion Experience
$24,000

This week-long crash course connects SCholars to the university’s academic mission and includes an intensive daily writing workshop to prepare them for Writing 340, USC’s advanced writing course.

New SCholar Welcome Brunch
$8,000

New SCholars and their families are introduced to the program, the staff and key personnel associated with the program and receive an overview of services.

SCholars Success Seminar Series
$3,000

Monthly educational seminars focus on topics based on participants’ common interests and needs.

Exceptional Funding Opportunities
$15,000

This funding covers costs such as fees for professional memberships, academic conferences, standardized test preparation and graduate school applications.

Book Grants
$14,000

Book grants help students with financial difficulties buy their textbooks each semester.

Faculty/SCholar Luncheons
$8,000

Luncheons held during fall and spring semesters provide a comfortable non-classroom opportunity for students to interact with professors.

“Coaching” Services
$19,600

SCholars receive one-on-one academic assistance from trained academic coaches based on results from the students’ Learning Assessment Study Strategy Inventory (LASSI) assessments.

Senior Recognition Banquet
$10,000

Students and their families are invited to campus for a formal dinner and program to celebrate the achievement and contributions of each graduating SCholar.

Help ensure USC SCholars get the support that they need. To get involved, contact:
Judi Biggs Garbuio, Ph.D., Associate Dean
Academic Recognition and Scholars Programs
(213) 740-9116 or judibg@usc.edu

SPONSOR STAFF

Ask any SCholars student about the program’s support staff and you will get rave reviews as well as a lot of gratitude. The special connection that the staff, consisting of a full-time director, a proposed assistant director and two student employees, maintains with these students bridges a potentially wide gap. Annual funds needed to support the staff include the following:

Staffing
$168,360

Includes salaries for SCholars Program director, a proposed assistant director, two student employees, salary reimbursement for supervisor and fringe expenses (at 34%)

Administrative Expenses
$10,000

Office supplies, telephone, etc.

Marketing & Publicity
$6,000

Total of All Expenses
$308,460

The cost to completely fund the SCholars Program so that it can continue to increase access to the nation’s leading colleges and universities for first-generation, low- to moderate-income students.

Help sustain the SCholars Program and staff. To get involved, contact:
Judi Biggs Garbuio, Ph.D., Associate Dean
Academic Recognition and Scholars Programs
(213) 740-9116 or judibg@usc.edu



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