2018 Renaissance Prize Winners

At the 2018 Commencement, USC recognized 216 seniors as USC Steven & Kathryn Sample Renaissance Scholar Candidates. Renaissance Scholars are students who graduate in two or more widely separated fields of study with both a major and minor, or two baccalaureate degrees. Renaissance Scholars must meet requirements for superior academic performance, including no less than a 3.5 overall grade point average, and no less than a 3.5 grade point average in their respective programs of study. Of this group, 71 scholars applied for the prize competition, and ten have been selected to receive a $10,000 prize towards graduate study.


Julianna Coleman

Majors: French; Neuroscience (B.S.)

Sabrina Enriquez

Major: Mathematics (B.A.)
Minor: Human Rights

Andy Gu

Majors: Philosophy; Computer Science

Max Kapur

Majors: Jazz Studies; East Asian Languages and Cultures

Carson Klasner

Major: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies
Minor: Theatre

Roberto Nazario

Major: Physics (B.S.)
Minor: German

Alejandro Schugurensky

Major: Sociology
Minors: Spatial Studies; Education and Society

Vivek Shah

Majors: Biochemistry; Philosophy

Samantha Sharkoff

Majors: English (Creative Writing); Economics/Mathematics

Matthew Solowan

Majors: Economics; Italian
Minor: Dance in Entertainment

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