Scholarship Support

How to make a Scholarship Gift

Scholarships Help Students Succeed

Students from across the United States and around the world come to USC Marshall with big dreams. They work hard to make a difference, launch businesses that help communities, create opportunities that enrich society, and change the world for the better. With your support, they will be able to accomplish even more. Two thirds of our students require financial assistance. Scholarships help close financial gaps and reward students’ efforts to achieve academic excellence. With scholarship support, exceptional students are able to choose USC Marshall over other institutions to begin or continue their studies. USC Marshall and Leventhal scholarships make the cost of education more accessible and affordable, allowing students to thrive and succeed.

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USC Marshall Scholarships At-A-Glance

Step 1:  Choose the amount and type of scholarship you wish to support

1. Endowed Scholarships

Minimum Gift: $100,000, payable over 3 to 5 years

Recognition: Named or Anonymous

Endowed Scholarships are invested by USC as part of its endowment pool. Part of the interest earned each year (determined by the USC Board of Trustees) is used to make the scholarship award to the student recipients. Additional interest is returned to principal to ensure the continued growth of the fund and to protect it against inflation. Endowed scholarships provide support in perpetuity for generations of outstanding and deserving students! The fund can be named after an individual, family, or even in honor of a special former professor.

2. Annual Scholarships

Minimum Gift: $25,000, funded yearly

Recognition:  Named or Anonymous

Annual Scholarships are awarded to one or more recipients and may be renewed each academic year, if the donor so chooses, in order for the scholarships to continue.

3. Scholarships Bequest

Minimum Gift:  Varies ($250,000 to endow)

Recognition: Named or Anonymous

These scholarship gifts are made as part of a will or trust for a specific amount or a percentage of the balance remaining in the donor’s estate and are awarded at a future date.


Step 2: Determine the eligibility criteria for your scholarship

You can help establish the criteria for your scholarship. Examples might include level of study (graduate or undergraduate), area of study (marketing, accounting, entrepreneurship, etc.), academic merit and/or financial need, involvement in leadership and service activities, etc. The University, however, will be fully responsible for selecting the recipients based on the criteria guided by the donor.


Step 3: Approve and sign a gift agreement or statement of intent

Gifts or pledges of $25,000 or more require a gift agreement or statement of intent (for donor-advised funds) signed by the University and you, the donor. These documents ensure that your wishes are followed, now and in the future and outline the pledge payment amounts and schedule that work best for you.  (Note: To avoid conflicts of interest, the documents state: “Students who are immediate or extended family members, dependents, or other relatives of the donor or selection committee members are not eligible to receive scholarships from this gift.”)


Benefits to YOU!

  1. Enjoy the opportunity to meet and get acquainted with your recipients at the special annual luncheon on campus.
  2. Receive a note of appreciation and build an enriching relationship with your recipients that may last a lifetime.
  3. Receive a USC Endowment Report and an Annual Fiscal Summary on the status of your fund (for donors of endowments).
  4. Experience the joy of giving back in honor of your family, a professor, program or loved one that made a difference in your life.
  5. Recruit our students for work opportunities especially if you lead a business or corporation.



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Scholarship Process Timeline

Scholarship gifts contributed to USC Marshall/Leventhal by May 1st may be awarded to students as early as the upcoming academic year. Marshall continuing undergraduate students apply online in the Spring for the following academic year using a universal application that automatically determines their eligibility across all available scholarships.  Graduate students are considered for a scholarship based on donor criteria and the quality of their application for admission to their respective program.

Scholarship Award Amounts

Scholarship awards vary greatly depending on donor criteria and each students’ financial need as determined by USC’s Financial Aid Office.  Academic excellence, leadership and community service activities at USC and in the surrounding community are also considered. 

Historical Impact and Need for Scholarships

Thousands of students have benefited from our Marshall Scholarship Program in the last 25 years.  Annual and endowed scholarships are vital to the hopes and dreams of our students – helping them to pursue a USC education regardless of their financial situation. To ensure that we continue to attract and retain the most promising and talented students, we must dramatically increase the number of available scholarships.

Please consider joining us in this important effort!

For additional information or to learn more about how you can establish a scholarship at USC Marshall or USC Leventhal, please contact the USC Marshall School of Business Office of External Relations at (213) 740-8333 or