Bovard Scholars in the News

First-year student from two continents stops at USC on her way to two more

Lesley Omenge’s life journey has taken her across oceans and cultures. Immersing herself in the customs of others, her destination is somewhere on the other side of borders.

Lesley Omenge’s dream is to form an organization abroad that focuses on improving access to education.
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Salinas student accepted into 21 colleges, receives $2.4 million in scholarships

From Stanford to Yale, UCLA and many more, Everette Alvarez High School Valedictorian, Jorge Marquez Sanchez was accepted to 21 universities and offered a whopping $2.4 million in scholarships. Out of all his options, it’s Harvard that he’s chosen.


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Virginia High School Rededicates to John Lewis, Dropping Confederate Name

Bovard Scholar Kimberly Boateng and Kadija Ismail were instrumental in the effort to rename their high school to John R. Lewis High School. The high school was also spotlighted in a question on Jeopardy during the week of the renaming ceremony. Contestants were asked “In 2020, Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield, Virginia was renamed for this late Congressman and civil rights icon.”

The answer? “Who is John R. Lewis?”

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Freshman creates organization to help underserved communities

Bovard Scholar Raymiro Gomez-Galiano, who initially created New Colors Project in May to share resources and highlight social issues, has since evolved the Instagram account to include an adult English tutoring program and an advocacy project to help those experiencing homelessness.


Filled with Possibilities for the Future

USC Bovard Scholars helps high-achieving students succeed at top-tier universities.


New Trojan wants to inspire more Native American students to attend college

Even though her USC journey has just begun, Natalie Battiest already understands the value of embracing her heritage.


Bovard Scholars inspires low-income high school students to aim high

USC’s college preparatory program helps high achievers avoid undermatching and get into the top schools they deserve.


Fox 11’s Good Day LA Features Scholar Evelyn Marquez

Cohort 3 Bovard Scholar shares her inspiring services and achievements on a segment highlighting exceptional class of 2020 high school graduates.

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Fox 11’s Good Day LA Features Scholar Raymiro Gomez-Galiano

Cohort 3 Bovard Scholar shares his journey and accomplishments on a segment highlighting exceptional class of 2020 high school graduates.

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Fox 11’s Good Day LA Features Scholar Valentina Costarelli

Cohort 3 Bovard Scholar shares her remarkable story on a segment highlighting exceptional class of 2020 high school graduates.

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USC announces major financial aid expansion to benefit low- and middle-income families

Two new policies will make a USC undergraduate education more affordable for those who most need financial assistance.


USC Bovard Scholar shares her success: ‘If I can do it … you can do it’

A one-of-a-kind program at USC offers year-round support to ensure that high school seniors succeed at applying to and attending top-tier universities.


Former Bovard Scholars share why they chose USC as their new home

Five participants in last year’s USC Bovard Scholars program explain why the three-week summer residency inspired them to commit to USC.


How USC helps high-achieving, low-income students get into top universities

Bovard Scholars program helps high schoolers see their potential with an all-expenses-paid immersive university experience.


El programa que ayuda a que los jóvenes de escasos recursos aspiren a las universidades de más alto nivel del país.


From a village in Syria to USC Bovard Scholar and first-gen student

Toni Atieh came to America only knowing two words in English: “hi” and “bye.” Now he’s finishing his freshman year at USC.


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Living the college dream: high-performing, low-income students reach for the nation’s top colleges

Students lived on USC campus for three weeks this summer…


20 Full Rides to Top Colleges: A Texas Student’s Perfect Sweep

Micheal Brown, a senior in Houston, was accepted to 20 universities, including Stanford… His academic accomplishments aside, Mr. Brown credited his involvement in guidance programs such as the University of Southern California’s Bovard Scholars program…


5 High Schoolers and Their College Application Essays About Work, Money and Social Class

Eric Ngugi Muthondu, of Richmond, Texas, was a Bovard Scholar…


Bovard Scholars aims to help low-income students

Yale, Stanford and Harvard — these are just three of the elite schools that the USC Bovard Scholars Program has assisted low-income, high-achieving high school students from across the nation in getting into.


USC’s Bovard Scholars program gives low-income high schoolers a chance at a top-tier university

Students come to campus for three weeks, then guidance counselors help them through the application and admission processes at any school, not just USC.


Una ‘probadita’ de vida universitaria

Programa gratuito de USC ofrece a estudiantes de último año experimentar clases en estudios superiores durante el verano.