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Town and Gown of USC

Town and Gown of USC

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Founded in 1904, Town and Gown of USC is the oldest and largest women’s philanthropic organization at the University of Southern California. In 1982, it became a non-profit organization in the state of California. As friends of the University, its purpose is to develop and award scholarships to outstanding students, to maintain the beautification of the Town and Gown building/patio, and to provide social and intellectual programs for its members, University friends and the community.


A total of 700 members. TOWN members are friends of the University, including alumnae, who are not associated with USC in a professional or contractual capacity. GOWN members are those who are themselves or whose spouses are part of the University’s teaching, research and administrative staffs. An Annual member is any member in good standing who has paid the annual dues; a Life member is any member in good standing who has paid the Life Membership fee.


Eligible scholarship applicants must be a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident of Southern California (Bakersfield is considered the northernmost boundary), and not related to a current member of the Town and Gown Board or Scholarship Committee. They must also have demonstrated academic strength, leadership ability, and community involvement. They must be full-time students (depending upon the school) carrying 12-18 units/semester for undergraduates with degree completion to occur within 4 years (5 years for some schools); graduate students must carry 6-12 units per semester. Applicants must not be receiving tuition remission. Scholarship funds must be used for tuition only.

Group Leadership

President - Judy Pohlmann
Recording Secretary - Modesta Bassity
CFO/Treasurer - Jan Dyer
Second Vice Presidents, Scholarship - Janeane Dimpel and Kathy Lingle
Fourth Vice Presidents, Membership - Peggy Hentschke and Christine Ofiesh

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