Staff Assembly Scholarship

The USC Staff Assembly Scholarship was established in 2016 to provide additional support to a few of the 500+ staff members who are currently pursuing a USC degree. The scholarship aims to support those staff members who best represent the USC staff community while simultaneously dedicating themselves to earning a degree.


Applicants must be:

  • in good standing with the university,
  • a Tuition Assistance Benefit eligible staff member, and
  • currently enrolled in any USC degree-granting program.

Application deadline

The 2018 application period is closed. Information for the 2019 scholarship will be available in spring 2019.

Application materials and information

Information for the 2019 scholarship will be available in spring 2019.

Applicants are asked to submit:

  • An original 200- to 500-word essay describing your staff experience at USC (including length of service and positions held), your career goals, and how you contribute or plan to contribute to the staff community during your employment; if you’re fairly new to USC, please include how your past experience will help you contribute to USC in the future
  • Your current resume
  • At least one but no more than two recommendation letters from a manager, colleague, etc.

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

The Staff Assembly scholarship cannot be renewed; applicants can only win the award once.



2017 program winners

This year’s recipients of the Staff Assembly Scholarship emerged from a field of some 500 staff members pursuing degrees. Congratulations to:

Sally Behpoornia – Residential College Community Coordinator, Office for Residential Education, Student Affairs

Queena Hoang – Center Supervisor, Asian Pacific American Student Services, Student Affairs

Michelle Juarez – Lead Academic Advisor, Academic Counseling Services, Undergraduate Programs, Office of the Provost

Melissa Miller – Hoose Library of Philosophy Supervisor, USC Libraries

Carmela Montero – Clinical Nurse, Surgical Oncology, Keck Hospital of USC

Amelia Spinrad – Regulatory Knowledge Support Specialist, Department of Regulatory and Quality Sciences, USC School of Pharmacy


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