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.

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.




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 a remarkably diverse group.  Today, this tradition is stronger than ever.

Visit affordability.usc.edu to learn more about USC’s long-time commitment to need-based funding.


First-generation college students from low-income families account for 20 percent of our incoming freshman class.


We award $640 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 $1.3 million each year, awarded to over 50 university – community neighborhood partnerships serving the area surrounding the University Park Campus and Health Science Campus.


More than 4,700 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.



“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.”

– Anthony Bailey, Dean Bovard College