Our Story

About Bovard Scholars

Perhaps your dream is to cure disease, create the next Hamilton, teach in the inner city, travel to Mars, lead a Fortune 500 company, engineer the next killer app, develop a new source of green energy or end homelessness. Or maybe you’re still discovering how you want to make your mark on the world.

Whatever your aspirations, you need access to a great college education.

USC established Bovard Scholars to empower outstanding high school students with financial need to dream big. We help you reach higher. We prepare you for success in college — including gaining admission and scholarships to the best schools that are the ideal fit for you — and in your career. That includes thorough exploration of the wide range of options for your future.

You have the power to change the world.

We have the capacity, the approach and the commitment to help you get there.

A top priority for USC is to support motivated, economically disadvantaged high school students with a rigorous college preparation program in their efforts to gain admission to USC and other top universities.”

-USC Provost Michael Quick

Our Commitment

USC’s commitment to providing an extraordinary and inclusive education is longstanding. Since the university’s founding in 1880, our student body has represented an ethnically diverse group of women and men.  Today, this tradition is stronger than ever:


First-generation college goers from low-income families account for some 15 percent of our incoming freshman class.


We award $300 million each year in financial aid.


We commit more than $80 million annually to support diversity efforts on campus and in the community.


Our Neighborhood Academic Initiative sends 100 percent of participating students to college — with nearly half getting full-tuition scholarships to USC.


The USC Good Neighbors Campaign raises more than $1 million each year, most of it awarded to 15 neighborhood elementary, middle and high schools as part of our Family of Schools effort.


More than 3,500 teens and young children take part in USC college-access and preschool Head Start programs.

USC Bovard Scholars represents our latest, boldest step in expanding opportunities for young people who have been traditionally underrepresented in top-tier colleges.

The program is administered by USC Bovard College, which supports aspiring professionals during key academic and career transitions. Both are named in memory of Emma Bovard, one of the first students to enroll at USC and an early advocate for access and opportunity.