Applicants for awards must be incoming freshman or continuing USC and/or transfer students. They must be planning to enroll in full-time, undergraduate or graduate courses of study. The minimum cumulative G.P.A. for this scholarship is 2.5. Applicants should exemplify commitment and identification with the African-American community. Recipients will be selected on the basis of academic and personal merit and demonstrated involvement within the African-American community.
Transfer students will be reviewed and selected after they have been admitted.
Incoming Freshman applicants will also be considered for the scholarship upon verification of admission to USC for the upcoming school year.
Students receiving tuition remission are not eligible.
Interested applicants may apply by completing the on-line BAA Scholarship Application, available on the USC BAA website. All applications for the BAA Scholarship Application must be submitted online to the USC Office of Black Alumni Programs by February 1, 2014.
Once the BAA Scholarship Committee has concluded the application and interview process and selected the scholarship recipients for the upcoming academic year, all applicants will be notified via e-mail the outcome of being selected as a Black Alumni Scholar.
Terms of Disbursement
Awards will be disbursed at the beginning of each semester in equal installments upon completion of requirements.
The USC BAA Scholarship Committee shall select the scholarship recipients. For selection purposes, applicants shall be ranked by the committee according to a combination of academic promise (as determined by transcript and/or college G.P.A.) and financial need (as determined by analysis of the information presented on the FAFSA). The applicants with the highest rankings will be advanced to Phase II for interviews. Receipt or potential receipt of other scholarships or student financial aid may be considered in the selection process.
Amount of Award
The amount of the annual award varies from $500.00 to $3000.00 and is finalized prior to the start of the new academic year. Black Alumni Scholars will be notified via e-mail of the amount of the BAA award as well as the posting status of the award to his/her account.
The Office of Black Alumni Programs shall send to the recipients a notice of selection specifying the terms of the award. Recipients shall be known as a "Black Alumni Association Scholar (BAA Scholar).” IMPORTANT NOTE: As with other university scholarships, the amount of your award is tentative until approved by the USC Office of Financial Aid. If you have already reached the maximum level of scholarships and grants that you are eligible for, your award will be reduced or redirected to another qualified student.
Refunds resulting from a student's failure to complete a full study period shall be returned to the BAA Fund. Monies available from refunded disbursements shall be used only for future awards.
Volunteer Hour Requirements
Black Alumni Scholars shall complete twenty (20) volunteer service hours (ten (10) hours per semester) for the USC Black Alumni Association and/or the Office of Black Alumni Programs in order to receive disbursements throughout the year or to be considered for renewal or re-instatement.
Black Alumni Scholars are also expected to attend monthly BAA Scholar meetings and a mandatory annual conference. Additionally, Scholars are required to provide the Office of Black Alumni Programs with any changes in his/her academic status, mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address.
The BAA Scholarship award does not automatically renew. The award is for the academic year only. Each candidate must complete a BAA Scholarship Application. Past scholarship recipients and their awards are not guaranteed, however, prior scholarship recipients are given additional consideration.
Former awardees who voluntarily withdraw or who fail to maintain satisfactory academic progress according to USC academic standards may be considered for a next BAA award within the next subsequent application cycle.
The BAA Scholarship Committee shall be responsible for the selection of recipients with final approval by the Executive Director. Disbursements of scholarship funds to recipients are administered by the Office of Black Alumni Programs.