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The USC Black Alumni Association (BAA) is a tax-deductible 501(c)3 organization that provides annual scholarships averaging $4,000 to USC undergraduate and graduate students every year from its annual fund, and also several scholarships to students from named funds or endowments at various annual award levels from $1,000 to over $10,000. The BAA is one of the few USC organizations offering financial assistance to students in all USC schools. BAA scholarships are based upon financial need, as well as the overall profile of a student’s commitment and aspirations gleaned from their application and interview. In addition to reducing financial burden, BAA scholarships provide access to alumni mentorship and professional development programs, plus a valuable support system available throughout the course of a student’s studies. The BAA has a 100% graduation rate of its students (since 2008)—a rate unmatched in higher education for Black students!
The USC BAA participates in corporate matching programs, estate planning and many other philanthropic programs, including a special 2:1 matching program with USC. A contribution to a BAA annual undergraduate scholarship fund is matched 2 to 1 by the university up to the first $1000 of the gift. This means for example, a gift of $500 becomes a $1,500 award to the student—or better yet, a $1000 donation becomes a $3,000 award!
When you contribute to a BAA scholarship, you can:
The BAA “1,000 for $1,000” Scholarship Campaign is a campaign to provide essential financial resources to Black students at USC. Affording a USC education is typically beyond reach without financial assistance. By increasing the number of scholarships we provide and their dollar amount, the BAA can positively impact student enrollment, student-life experiences and graduation rates for Black students at USC.
BAA founder Rev. Dr. Thomas Kilgore, Jr. envisioned an organization with sustainable current use and endowed funds to provide scholarships in perpetuity to Black USC students. Won’t you help us make this dream a reality?
“The battle for freedom and full acceptance in all segments of American life must begin anew every morning.
Viable tools must be used to close the gap between the haves and have-nots in our society. The most formidable of these tools is a good education at a great university like USC.
To extend the opportunity for a thorough education at USC, the Black Alumni Association is on an unending mission to support worthy African American students. All who believe in this thrilling venture are asked to come and go with us.”
– Rev. Dr. Thomas Kilgore, Jr. Founder, USC Black Alumni Association
BAA welcomes donor support to increase scholarship funds for USC students and strengthen our thriving community of Black excellence.
USC BAA Annual Scholarship Fund
This fund awards scholarships to undergraduate students in every USC school. Contributions to this fund are matched up to the first $1,000 awarded to the student on a 2:1 basis. The BAA “1,000 for $1,000” Annual Scholarship is included in this fund. Give Today
USC BAA Annual Graduate and Professional Fund
This fund awards scholarships to graduate and professional students only. It does not receive a USC match, but does provide reductions for student loans. Give Today
USC BAA Kilgore Scholarship Endowment Fund
This fund will not be spent until the endowed principal and interest, combined with other endowed funds, equals $10 million. This is to ensure that scholarships will be awarded to USC’s Black students in perpetuity. Give Today
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 freshmen, 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. The 2021-22 academic year scholarship application will be available on December 1, 2020. Submission deadline is March 1, 2021, 11:59 p.m.
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 email 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 email 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.