About the USC Senior Gift
The USC Senior Gift is a time-honored tradition that unifies each graduating class and recognizes its unique contributions to USC. The USC Senior Gift provides an opportunity for each senior to foster their long identity as a member of the Trojan family, identify a need on campus to support collectively with their classmates, and spread the Trojan spirit while leaving a lasting legacy.
You are a student today, but an alumnus forever. Commemorate how much these past four years have meant by helping us go above and beyond our previous class records. Start your legacy today!
Vote to Determine the 2016 Senior Class Gift!
Throughout the month of February each senior has the opportunity to cast their vote on what the 2016 Senior Class Gift will be. The ballot, as decided by the Senior Gift Advisory Board, includes these four funding priorities:
1. USC Career Center Dream Dollars Program
Since 2008, the USC Career Center has assisted students in financing career exploration in the non-profit and government sectors through the USC Dream Dollars Program. This unique scholarship offers undergraduate students who secure unpaid summer internships in the above sectors a $1500 stipend to complement their work experience. This monetary fund offers incentive for students who want to pursue their passions rather than sacrificing their interests for a paycheck. Students are selected through a competitive application and interview process. Prospective candidates must be in good academic standing and currently enrolled in an academic degree program. A gift from the Class of 2016 would allow the Dream Dollars Program to expand the number of scholarships offered to the undergraduate community.
2. USC Class of 2016 Scholarship Fund
A gift from the Class of 2016 would fund a scholarship in the Class’ name to benefit future Trojans on a need and merit basis.
3. USC Facilities Management Services Recognition Day
Traditionally, all FMS employees, no matter what their title or job function, participate in Commencement set-up. Most do so by joining the effort begun days earlier by their FMS Operations colleagues to set up almost 50,000 chairs on the Wednesday before Commencement. During this time FMS takes a mid-day break to celebrate their employees. The 400+ FMS employees enjoy a catered lunch and important award ceremony where four to five Operations employees from both the University Park and Health Sciences campuses are honored. A gift from the Class of 2016 would provide welcome relief to the FMS budget for the Recognition Day (for plaques, monetary awards, lunch, etc.) and allow FMS to channel funds in support of other employee engagement opportunities.
4. USC Volunteer Center Friends and Neighbors Day Program
The Friends and Neighbors Service Days program is one of the USC Volunteer Center’s most popular programs, and has been fostering partnerships between the University and the Los Angeles community for over two decades. The program initially started after the 1992 Rodney King and Los Angeles Riots. This program became a way for students to volunteer while connecting to the Los Angeles community by dedicating their time to help local organizations and education centers in profound ways. These one-day service events take place on Saturdays throughout the school year. Each year over 700 students, faculty, staff, and alumni work with over 40 organizations around the city to participate in agency-specific service projects. A gift from the Class of 2016 would allow the Volunteer Center to accept more volunteers and offer a larger, broader set of volunteer projects on Friends & Neighbors Day in addition to providing t-shirts to volunteers for next year.
Help decide the legacy of the Class of 2016 by submitting voting now!