USC Viterbi Active Duty Military Scholarship - Fall 2021


The USC Viterbi Active Duty Military Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship for outstanding U.S. Active Duty Military serving full-time on active duty status within any of the U.S. military branches who are pursuing a master’s or graduate certificate program online via DEN@Viterbi or on USC’s campus.

Scholarship recipients must receive partial, or no, military funding and/or tuition reimbursement funds from their employer. Awards are partial scholarships ranging from 1-4 units of tuition.

Partial scholarships in varying amounts will be awarded to outstanding students serving on active duty. This scholarship must be utilized during the awarded academic year. Applicants can reapply each academic year for future scholarship consideration.

Newly admitted students (or applicants to a master's or graduate certificate program) must have at least a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and must have applied to a USC Viterbi School of Engineering master's or graduate certificate program.

Continuing USC Viterbi master's or graduate certificate students are eligible and must have a 3.3 cumulative GPA in their current academic program.

The application deadline for the Fall 2021 is Thursday, July 22, 2021 by 23:59 PT.

For questions, please email DEN@Viterbi.usc.edu.

Applicant Qualifications

Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for the USC Viterbi Active Duty Military Scholarship:

  • Applying or admitted to a USC Viterbi School of Engineering master's or graduate certificate program. The applicant must be admitted to their academic program upon review of their scholarship application.
  • Applicant must be serving full-time on active duty status within any of the U.S. military branches and submit proof that they receive partial, or no, military funding and/or tuition reimbursement funds from their employer. 
  • Minimum GPA Requirement:
    • Prospective or newly admitted master's or graduate certificate students must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • Current USC Viterbi master's or graduate certificate students must have a 3.3 cumulative GPA in their program of study
  • Evidence of leadership or accomplishments as cited by manager or supervisor.

Scholarship Guidelines

Scholarship recipients must:

  • Be serving full-time on active duty status within any of the U.S. military branches
  • Take courses for credit only
  • Courses must be applicable towards the degree program
  • Maintain enrollment as a USC Viterbi master's or graduate certificate student

Application Instructions

Before submitting the USC Viterbi Active Duty Military Scholarship application, you must have a USC Graduate Application on file for review, or be a currently enrolled USC Viterbi graduate student. You must be formally admitted into a USC Viterbi master's or graduate certificate program upon review of your scholarship application. 

Please submit the following:

  • Completed USC Viterbi Active Duty Military Scholarship Application
  • Personal Statement
    • The personal statement should succinctly describe the reasons for pursuing your intended program at the Viterbi School of Engineering, future career plans, and other aspects of your background and interests which may aid the scholarship committee in evaluating your reason for pursuing an advanced degree. 
  • Copies of transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
    • Please submit unofficial transcript copies as part of your scholarship application. The scholarship committee does not have access to the transcripts submitted as part of your application for admission.
    • Current students, or students that have taken courses via Limited Status enrollment, should provide a copy of their STARS report.  
  • A copy of your active duty orders
  • Documentation (i.e. Letter or Flyer) indicating you receive partial or no military funding or tuition assistance through your current employer
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Résumé/CV