GOVERNING BOARD | GOVERNING BOARD PROFILES
A student’s social and economic background will NOT inhibit their access to and success in higher education.
ABOUT THE GOVERNING BOARD
The Norman Topping Student Aid Fund is the only student initiated, student funded, primarily student administered scholarship in the nation. The Topping Fund is administered by a Governing Board composed of 13 voting student members, two USC alumni, a community representative, one faculty member and representatives from the offices of College Advising, Admissions, Financial Aid and Financial Services who select the scholars and oversee the long term policies of the Topping Scholarship.
Governing Board selection takes place in the fall of each academic year. The number of appointments is dependant upon the number of open representative seats. Terms of appointments range based on representative status. Board members attend the annual Fall Governing Board Retreat (1 day event), usually held in late October or early November, and 2-3 Governing Board meetings per semester. Board members must also be available during the summer months for scholarship application reading, interviewing and scholar selection.
Students interested in serving on the Governing Board in 2007-2008 should contact the NTSAF office. Benefits of being a student representative include:
- Service to the university and local community
- Interaction with amazing applicants and current Topping Scholar
- Recruitment and outreach experience
- Networking with student leaders, faculty and staff
Message from the Chair
Dear Topping Scholars and Friends,
Welcome to the Topping Family! I look forward to serving you as the 2012-2013 NTSAF Governing Board Chair. When I was first introduced to the Norman Topping Student Aid Fund, I could not have anticipated the impact it would have on my experience at USC. I have found this Fund to be much more than a scholarship – it is a support system and a family.
As members of the Governing Board, we seek to build a strong and vibrant Topping Family that will have a high impact not only at USC but also upon the surrounding community. Therefore, we work towards ensuring the Fund remains committed to its original purpose by selecting candidates who best exemplify the scholarship criteria.
With regards to scholarship selection, I must emphasize that every candidate is carefully considered as we maintain the highest standards of fairness. I urge all perspective applicants to closely examine the scholarship criteria and reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.