USC’s continued academic ascent is fueled by the generosity of alumni and friends who are committed to educating and inspiring the next generation of leaders, driving groundbreaking research, promoting innovation, preventing and curing disease, and helping to solve the world’s most pressing problems.

Some donors are motivated by their passion for an important cause, such as life-saving medical research or the development of promising new technologies. Others are grateful for their USC experience and want future Trojans to have the same opportunities. Some want to leave a legacy to benefit humanity for generations to come. And still others want to support USC’s student-athletes and teams.

Whatever your motivation, you’ll find as many ways to make a difference as there are schools and programs at USC. 


Each year, the caliber of USC’s undergraduate student body continues to improve, and a key factor in this remarkable trajectory has been the generosity of donors in the area of student scholarships. Indeed, support for scholarships is the best way to help USC attract the world’s most talented students.

Nevertheless, too many USC students still graduate with student loans, a burden that may influence the career choices they make after graduation. That’s why establishing undergraduate scholarship funds is a critical, ongoing priority. At the same time, we must increase fellowship support for our PhD, medical and graduate professional students, as well as postdoctoral fellows in all fields.

Faculty and Research

Philanthropic support is essential to increasing the number of exceptional faculty at USC and helps to ensure that current faculty thrive in their teaching, research and creative work. USC faculty are the catalysts for a cascade of effects that determine the quality of their departments, schools, students and the university as a whole. That’s why USC seeks to establish more endowed chairs and professorships, and to provide cutting-edge facilities where these transformative faculty members can carry out their work.

Gifts funding research at the university ensure that USC’s faculty can pursue advances in every field and bring their discoveries to those who need them most. The return on this investment will be measured by our faculty’s scholarly output, creative contributions and patients served, as well as by the thousands of future leaders they educate, and their positive impact on the world.

University Priorities

Philanthropic support is a key component in the university’s ability to advance its priorities and fund strategic opportunities. President Carol L. Folt has identified five areas in which USC will show its leadership over the next decade by addressing urgent societal challenges.

  • Affordability: Increasing financial support for USC students at all levels and reducing their debt burden is essential to expanding access and opportunity.
  • Medicine: USC is leading the charge in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease with greater precision and compassion.
  • Sustainability: USC experts are finding new ways to reduce carbon, water, and waste footprints at USC and in the world.
  • The Urban Future: USC is leveraging its expertise in new ways and in new partnerships to solve problems faced by major world cities.
  • The Arts: USC’s six world-class arts schools, together with the USC Iovine and Young Academy, are preparing tomorrow’s leaders in the creative and performing arts, business, and interdisciplinary fields.