Our Scholars

Become a Bovard Scholar

Bovard Scholars are high-achieving, resilient and place a high value on education. They show leadership and are ready to take ownership of their academic path to success.

Admission Criteria

Bovard Scholars are high-achieving, resilient and place a high value on education. They show leadership and are ready to take ownership of their academic path to success.

  • Junior in high school (11th grader) at time of application
  • Currently hold a 4.0 weighted GPA or above
  • Enrolled in Algebra II, Trigonometry or above
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Have taken Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate courses, if offered
  • Actively enrolled in a high school curriculum within the U.S. or U.S. territories

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.


The 2024 Bovard Scholars application deadline is January 12, 2024 at 5pm PT.

How to Apply for the 2024 Program

We hope you are as excited about the USC Bovard Scholars program as we are to offer it!

To be considered for the program:
  • Complete and submit the online application.
  • Request that your counselor complete the Counselor Evaluation Form
    • The Counselor Evaluation Form should be completed by your high school guidance counselor, who will be asked to comment on your academic achievement and attach a copy of your transcript. Additionally, your counselor can also choose to attach an optional letter of recommendation. Once you complete the portal registration, you will be able to send an electronic request to your counselor to complete the form. Please note, all required documents are to be submitted before the application deadline.

All communication from the USC Bovard Scholars program — including application status, acceptance notification and program updates — will be sent to you via email. When registering for the online application, please be sure to use an email address that you check frequently.

Our review process is holistic, which means that all parts of an application will be considered before making a decision. All questions on the application are important; the answer to an individual question will not automatically include or exclude a student from consideration. The application will be reviewed in its entirety.

The information provided in an application will be kept confidential and will not be shared with anyone outside of the Bovard Scholars program.

Applications will be reviewed by the selection committee. Decision notifications will be emailed to all applicants by mid-March 2024.

Thank you for your interest in the USC Bovard Scholars program!

2024 Program – Important Dates

January 12, 2024 at 5pm PT – Application deadline

March – USC Bovard Scholars will be selected and notified

July 15-August 3, 2024 – Three-week summer intensive

Fall 2024 – Work with your Bovard Scholars Admissions Coach as you complete your college, financial aid and scholarship applications/span>

Spring 2025 – Our Admissions Coaches are available to you as needed to help with your college selection

Time Commitment

This is a three-week summer intensive program that requires full participation. This is an intensive program. We do not recommend that you be enrolled in any online courses during this time. We want to make the most of our short, in-person time together.

The program doesn’t end after three weeks. During your senior year you will work with your admissions coach to receive support and feedback as questions arise, throughout the application and decision-making process.

“I never knew that I’d be an Ivy League student.”

—Emily Guzman, ‘17 Bovard Scholar, Alum of Yale University