Applicants for awards must be an admitted or continuing USC student. Undergraduates must be enrolled for full-time coursework. Graduate students should also be enrolled full-time, but part-time coursework will be considered on a case by case basis.
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. Incoming Freshman, Transfer and Graduate students will be reviewed and selected after they have been admitted.
Students receiving tuition remission, or Presidential Scholarships are not eligible.
Application Procedure and Time Period
Interested applicants may apply by completing the BAA Scholarship Application, available through the BAA Scholarship Portal. All applications for the BAA Scholarship must be submitted online. Submission deadline is March 1, 2019, 11:59pm.
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 whether or not they have been selected as a USC BAA Scholar. Recipients will be subsequently notified with an email stating expectations of the scholarship program and amount of award.
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, and case by case circumstances). 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 average undergraduate annual award is $3,000.00 and the average graduate annual award is $1,000.00, and is finalized prior to the start of the new academic year.
The USC BAA shall email the recipients a notice of selection specifying the terms of the award. Recipients shall be known as “USC Black Alumni Association Scholars (BAA Scholars).” 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. Notifications will occur June-August.
Refunds resulting from a student’s failure to complete a full academic period shall be returned to the BAA Fund. Monies available from refunded disbursements shall be used only for future awards from the BAA Fund.
Volunteer Hour Requirements
BAA Scholars shall complete volunteer service hours (10 undergraduate/5 graduate hours per semester) for the USC Black Alumni Association in order to receive disbursements throughout the year, and/or to be considered for renewal or reinstatement.
BAA Scholars are also expected to attend scheduled BAA Scholar meetings and a mandatory annual conference. Additionally, BAA Scholars are required to provide the BAA 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 new BAA Scholarship Application. Past scholarship recipients and their awards are not guaranteed, however, prior scholarship recipients are given additional consideration, if they have also met requirements for consideration and timely submission.
Former awardees who voluntarily withdraw may be considered for a BAA award within the next upcoming 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 USC BAA.