The USC John Hope Bryant Endowed Scholarship

USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

The USC John Hope Bryant Endowed Scholarship

The John Hope Bryant Endowed Scholarship was established in 2005 to provide scholarship support to deserving students from underrepresented groups seeking an advanced degree from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.

John Hope Bryant is a globally recognized American entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, and prominent thought leader on financial inclusion, economic empowerment, and financial dignity. He is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Operation HOPE, Inc.America’s first nonprofit social investment banking organization established immediately following the Rodney King Riots of 1992, in South Central Los Angeles. Today it is a global organization working to disrupt poverty and empower inclusion for low and moderate-income youth and adults.

The first social work student to receive the Bryant Scholarship was Daniel Soto, MSW/MPA ’06. Currently, Daniel is an educational social worker providing critical mental health services and trauma awareness programs for youth in one of the largest school districts in Orange County, CA.

The John Hope Bryant Scholarship gave me an opportunity to fulfill personal and professional goals aligned with the values of social work. The generous support allowed me to focus more time on the pursuit of social justice, community engagement, and academic excellence and less on the burden of affording such a coveted graduate degree. Scholarships like this not only provide students with much-needed financial help, but also allow an opportunity for someone to pay it forward by promoting change at all levels of society.” – Daniel A. Soto, LCSW, MPA

Sona Hovsepian, MSW ’11, is grateful that the Bryant Scholarship enabled her to dedicate more time to pursue her degree. Now, as a seasoned LCSW and health science specialist at the local, state, and national level, Sona is also a researcher focused on Veterans with serious mental illness, substance use disorders, and a history of homelessness.  

The support of the Bryant Scholarship goes above and beyond its monetary contribution; it allowed me to reduce my work hours in order to complete my graduate studies while still supporting my family and raising our daughter. One step at a time, I have been utilizing my education to make change in the world we all live in. Thank you, John Hope Bryant, for believing in education, for providing an opportunity to learn, and for creating a better future for all of us.” – Sona Hovsepian, LCSW 

Join John in empowering social workers like Daniel and Sona from all backgrounds and experiences to be prepared to serve and effect positive change in the diverse communities of our society. 

"We don’t do business with governments or companies or communities – we do business with people. You have undertaken a profession where it is not about me, but about we, and that is an honored and noble profession indeed. But you must challenge yourself to become a revolutionary within your chosen profession, re-imagining the field of social work, and providing individuals with a hand up, and not just a handout. As you move out into the vineyards of hope and change in our under-served communities, I am comforted by the fact that you are not simply going through the motions."
- John Hope Bryant at the 2007 Commencement Address, USC School of Social Work

Every gift, every dollar, makes every difference. Please make your contribution to the John Hope Bryant Endowed Scholarship today!