First & Second Year

Spend your first and second year creating a strong foundation in academics, extracurricular activities, and research. Consider short-term opportunities for internship, study abroad, language study, and more to prepare you for future applications to other fellowships, graduate school, and jobs.


How to Prepare

First Year

Second Year

Develop academic, career, and personal goals Select programs with interdisciplinary emphasis and look into the Renaissance Scholar distinction certification
Take foreign language courses Continue involvement with research on and off campus; continue extracurricular activities
Attend classes and start with a strong GPA (go to office hours!) Get to know your professors further at office hours and campus events
Get involved with research through professors Apply for study abroad programs; consider going abroad for the summer
Join student organizations and/or volunteer – stay involved Explore leadership roles in student organizations
Start and continue to update a resume/CV and visit the Career Center for resume coaching Make a positive impact on campus/local community
Visit the Writing Center for help with essay drafts Participate in mock interviews
Apply for summer abroad opportunities Maintain a journal of goals and reflections
Research fellowships available to juniors and prepare your applications

Attend Research and Fellowships Week!

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Applications to Consider

USC Awards & Fellowships

What & When

USC Academic Achievement Award  Tuition benefits for USC students pursuing multiple undergraduate degree objectives with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.75. Freshmen – senior.
USC Africa Student Fund Funding to support USC undergraduate student traveling to African countries for study, research, internships, or service-based learning. Freshmen – senior.
USC Warren Bennis Scholars Twenty USC students selected at end of sophomore year for two-year leadership training program. Sophomore.
Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellows in Government Service 10-week, full-time government service summer internships with elected officials and agencies at the federal, state or local level. Sophomore – junior.
Boren Scholarship Up to one year of study abroad, with focus on language study and future career paths in national security or the federal government. Freshmen – senior.
Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) 8-10 week summer overseas intensive language and cultural immersion program to learn one of 15 critical-need languages. Freshmen – senior.
Gilman Scholarship Scholarship for summer or academic year study abroad programs or internships for USC credit for Federal Pell Grant recipients. Freshmen – senior.
Fulbright US-UK Summer Institute 3-4 week summer academic and cultural immersion programs at universities in the United Kingdom. Freshmen – sophomore.
Udall Scholarship $7,000 merit-based scholarship for students pursuing careers in tribal health, tribal public policy, or the environment. Sophomore – junior.

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