Russell L. Caldwell Neighborhood Scholarship
Conceived by the late Professor Russell Caldwell in the mid 1960’s, this scholarship was meant to encourage and support students from the USC campus neighborhood while they are students at USC. The criteria for selection include leadership, initiative, academic program and achievement and community service while taking into account any extenuating circumstances.
Fostering Dr. Caldwell's longstanding legacy of support for students from our neighborhood schools, the Caldwell scholars are truly inspiring young people, high academic achievers who regularly reach back and commit themselves to USC's many community engagements such as tutoring local middle and high school students.
Only two new scholarships are awarded each year and each is renewable for an additional three years pending academic progress. The Retired Faculty Association (RFA) helps administer it in partnership with the USC Financial Aid Office. This scholarship program awards $3,000 each year to eight scholars; this requires a $24,000 annual commitment. Please help the RFA keep the Caldwell Neighborhood Scholarship Program alive and continue to support these stellar students by making a gift today!
This years Caldwell Neighborhood Scholars include:
Jesus Garcia: Jesus came to USC from Foshay Learning Center and is now in his senior year at the Viterbi School of Engineering. Loving the arts as well as the sciences, Jesus founded the Los Angeles Talented Thespian Ensemble which serves the community through the USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative Theater Workshop.
Mark Jones: Mark is a senior who came from South Central Los Angeles and Thomas Jefferson High School. After completing his major in Real Estate Development, he will work for an MBA and hopes to open his own business. At USC he recently served as president of SOLID USC – an organization that centers on helping the neighboring community.
Joshua Park: Joshua came to USC from Belmont High School and is starting his junior year in the Marshall School of Business. During summers and vacations he has been active in the Korean-American Campus Mission, and in Amor Ministries dedicated to those in need in the Philippines and Mexico. He hopes for a career in public service.
Gwang Neung Kim: Gwang also came to USC with high honors from Belmont High School and is a sophomore majoring in Computer Science. He spent his first year at USC exploring courses in communications, philosophy and Russian political thought. Gwang is active in community service projects with his church donating to needy areas of Los Angeles and Mexico.
Silvia Gomez: Silvia is a sophomore from Belmont High School with a major in Business Administration. She is the first from her large family (eight siblings in all) to go to college. She is active in intramural sports and is a member of the Best Buddies Club – a support organization for children with special needs from her local community.
Mousael Rosa Louis: Mousael graduated from Dorsey High School this last June at the top of her class. She was a Los Angeles City champion in varsity track and served as captain of the varsity volleyball team. She participated in Teen Court, a program of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, and was a Dorsey peer counselor. Immediately after graduation, Mousael headed to USC to take summer classes. She will major in Mechanical Engineering.
Carlos Marin: Carlos enters USC this year from Thomas Jefferson High School where he was the class valedictorian. At Jefferson, he was president of the Student Health Advocacy Club and an intern at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. He is interested in aeronautical engineering and after graduating from USC may pursue a career in the United States Air Force.