Annenberg Scholarships and Awards

Thanks to the support of generous donors, USC Annenberg is able to offer a diverse array of student aid.* Applicants must be currently enrolled in a USC Annenberg degree program to be eligible for an award. Some awards are available year-round, while others are awarded annually. For those awards given annually, please check back early during the Spring 2020 semester to access the application.

*Students who are immediate or extended family members, dependents or other relatives of the donor(s) or selection committee members are not eligible to receive scholarships from these funds.

Student aid available year-round

Student Emergency Aid Fund

Eligibility criteria:

  • Undergraduate or Graduate
  • All undergraduate and graduate degree programs
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Awards vary based upon each student’s unique circumstances

Awards are distributed to students experiencing unforeseen circumstances and emergencies impacting their’ ability to pay tuition or cover everyday living expenses. These awards are not intended to cover full-tuition expenses, but rather serve as bridge funding to guarantee students’ continued enrollment at USC until other resources, such as scholarships or loans, become available. Students are encouraged to provide as much information in their application, as well as contact their academic advisor directly with questions about additional resources available to them.

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Student Success Fund

Eligibility criteria:

  • Undergraduate or Graduate
  • All undergraduate and graduate degree programs
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Awards vary based upon each student’s unique circumstances 

Awards will be distributed throughout the year via an application process to students pursuing extra- and co-curricular programs and opportunities not covered by tuition. Funding is available for, but not limited to:

  • participation in experiential-learning programs offered by USC Annenberg, including Maymester
  • expenses related to internships, such as travel and lodging
  • non-tuition costs arising from study abroad
  • registration, travel and lodging costs incurred for professional and career development conferences, seminars and workshops, and
  • expenses related to student research and assignments, such as capstone projects, which might require additional travel and lodging costs beyond what is covered by tuition
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In the case of the Student Emergency Aid Fund and the Student Success Fund, please be aware that:

  • Funding requests are not guaranteed.
  • Awards will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the high volume of requests, students will only be notified if funds become available.
  • Awards are given in the form of a one-time stipend.
  • The Financial Aid Office is notified of all stipends. Stipends qualify as part of a student's financial aid package. Therefore, a stipend might reduce other financial aid that you have been awarded, depending on the type of aid received. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Financial Aid Office with any questions regarding your financial aid package.

Kaleigh Finnie Memorial Endowment Fund

Eligibility criteria:

  • Undergraduate or Graduate
  • All undergraduate and graduate degree programs

Awards available up to $11,000.

Established in memory of USC Annenberg student Kaleigh Finnie, this fund supports students whose work seeks to address the ongoing mental health crisis. This merit-based fund provides scholarships and awards to USC Annenberg undergraduate or graduate students who will leverage communication, journalism and/or public relations to contribute critical research and generate important conversations around mental health. Applicants will be asked to provide a description of their research interest or project relating to mental health. Applications are due Friday, October 4th, 2019 at 5 p.m.

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Student aid available on an annual basis

For these awards, apply in Spring 2020 for the 2020-21 academic year.

USC Annenberg Student Aid Fund

Eligibility criteria:

  • Undergraduate
  • All undergraduate degree programs
  • Must demonstrate financial need

Average Award: $10,000.

Plus factor consideration will be given to students who demonstrate an interest in sports, sports media, sports journalism and related fields.

Raccuia Family Scholarship

Eligibility criteria:

  • Undergraduate
  • All undergraduate degree programs
  • Must demonstrate financial need

Average Award: $10,000.

Dale Family Scholarship in Entrepreneurism and Media

Eligibility criteria:

  • Undergraduate
  • All undergraduate degree programs
  • Academic merit will be considered

Average Award: $5,000.

Plus factor consideration will be given to students who are of junior class standing and who demonstrate an interest in media and entrepreneurship, and who aspire to use their talents and expertise to pursue their personal and professional ambitions in the startup and/or business industries.

Ilir Lita Scholarship

Eligibility criteria:

  • Undergraduate
  • Must be enrolled in Communication degree program
  • Must demonstrate financial need

Average Award: $2,500.