USC Receives Anonymous $20 Million Gift for Scholarships

USC Receives Anonymous $20 Million Gift for Scholarships

The has announced an anonymous gift from two longtime supporters to endow scholarship funds at the , the , and the .

The gift includes $8 million to the Dornsife Undergraduate Fellows Fund, which awards grants ranging from $6,000 to $10,000 to students for international travel, field research, and service in various communities. In addition, the General Scholarship Endowment Fund at the School of Social Work, which provides both need- and merit-based scholarships, and the James G. Ellis Endowed Scholarship Fund, a challenge fund that provides tuition assistance for outstanding and deserving undergraduates at USC Marshall, will receive $6 million each.

The gift will count toward the university's ongoing capital campaign to secure $6 billion or more in private philanthropy to advance its academic priorities.

"Endowed scholarships remain a critical resource for attracting the highest quality students to our university, and the tremendous generosity of these donors will significantly advance USC's efforts in this important area," said USC president C.L. Max Nikias. "Their extraordinary gift will bring the dream of a USC education to deserving students for many generations to come."

"." University of Southern California Press Release 12/10/2013.