Our Program

Program Overview

We prepare our scholars to:


Gain admission to top-tier universities

Navigate the complex admissions and financial aid process

Explore potential careers and ignite professional passions

Connect occupational goals to academic pursuits

Feel at home on a college campus through a three-week, immersive residential experience on USC’s campus

Learn test-taking strategies and boost their entrance exam scores

Understand tools and resources available on a college campus that support success

Determine which college is the best fit

Meet peers and make lifelong, like-minded friends

As a Bovard Scholar you will:

Expert Admissions & Financial Aid Support

Learn how to attend top-tier schools

We’ll walk you through each question of a college application and let you know what admissions committees are indirectly asking. When a college application asks for your “possible career or professional plans,” what should you say? Why do they want to know if English is not your first language? When they ask for optional information regarding “special circumstances and additional qualifications,” should you respond — and what would be an appropriate answer? We’ll help you showcase your personal achievements in a way that optimizes your strengths and resonates with the selection committee.

You will also learn how to attend top-tier schools for free or a fraction of the price. Just like shopping for a car, you shouldn’t expect to pay the sticker price to attend a prestigious college. We’ll help you navigate the scholarship and financial aid process and make sure you understand how to fill out those complicated forms.

receive support in assessing and developingyour ideal career

You need to deeply understand yourself to make optimal choices about your future. What do you value? What are your passions? What makes you unique? How can you best convey who you are in your college applications?

You will receive support in assessing and developing your ideal career profile and path, along with an action plan to help get you there. In addition, we’ll take you behind the scenes to some of the world’s most innovative companies — including the Jet Propulsion Lab, Children’s Hospital of LA, Fox Animation, Latham & Watkins, GOLIN, Los Angeles City Hall, Counsel General of Mexico, USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience, Disney, Hulu and more.

You’ll experience what it’s like to build rockets bound for space, explore cures for cancer or establish a startup venture. You’ll hear from recent college graduates about the intricacies of their work environments, how they landed their positions and how you might pursue a similar course — or chart your own path.

Innovative Career Exploration

Comprehensive Test Preparation

personalized test preparation tailored to your focus areas

We offer the highest quality, personalized test preparation tailored to your focus areas.

You’ll take numerous practice exams that simulate the real thing, helping you build confidence and understand what to expect. At the completion of our program, you’ll have reached your personal best score.

foster educational, career and personal goals

Learn the language and culture of American higher education while staying true to your roots. We engage students in a systematic process intended to foster educational, career and personal goals by connecting you with a broad spectrum of institutional and community resources. Our process honors life experiences — both achievements and roadblocks — as you work to build the future of your dreams.

We’ll help you build time-management and study habits that will help you succeed in college. You’ll learn how to access student support resources. Where do you go for help on campus? How do you talk to college professors? What style of email will elicit the most useful response? Help-seeking is a sign of maturity, not weakness, so we’ll help you get comfortable asking for what you need to succeed.

Students apply for USC Bovard Scholars during their junior year in high school. Selected students receive one-on-one guidance — personalized to meet their individual needs. We offer the program at no cost to students or families. USC will pay for transportation to and from campus for students coming from outside of Southern California.

College Success & Leadership Development

“The program took career exploration to another level”

—Abigail Gonzalez, ‘17 Bovard Scholar, now at Pomona College

“They give you a gateway into the mind of an admissions officer.”

—Aly Tantawy, ‘17 Bovard Scholar, now at the University of Chicago