Discovery Scholar Distinction and Prize Competition
The USC Discovery Scholar distinction is intended to recognize and celebrate graduating seniors who have excelled academically while making a meaningful contribution to their field of study through exceptional new scholarship or artistic work. Review all requirements on the Academic Honors and Fellowships website before starting the application.
Who Should Apply: seniors graduating December 2023, May 2024, and August 2024 (graduation defined by baccalaureate degree completion, not by participation in Commencement, or, walking).
DISTINCTION & PRIZE COMPETITION
Applicants who wish to be considered for the Discovery Scholars Prize Competition must submit this form and all supplemental materials by the final deadline.
- graduate with a minimum of 3.5 overall GPA (with University Honors)
- graduate within 5 years of entering USC
- meet criteria for distinction set by the appropriate USC School
The application consists of: demonstration of a capstone or final project based on discipline-specific criteria, letter of recommendation, and resume/C.V.
Visit the Academic Honors & Fellowships website for complete details on application requirements.
If you are applying for the Global and Discovery Scholar distinction, you must submit a completely different project for each application to earn both distinctions and/or prize nominations. If you submit the same project for Discovery and Global, your school will certify you for just one of the distinctions based on which program criteria (if any) best fits your submitted work. In addition, you may be considered for each distinction’s Prize Competition; however, no student can be awarded more than one prize.
Contact Academic Honors and Fellowships