GLENDALE ? The skyrocketing cost of attending a prestigious university was just cut in half for seven area students.
The University of Southern California awarded presidential scholarships to the seven National Merit Scholarship finalists from Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge and Burbank, officials announced Monday. The scholarships represent more than $64,000 over four years for each student.
"If a student is selected by National Merit as a finalist and we are their first-choice school, we guarantee them a presidential scholarship from USC, which is half tuition," said L. Katharine Harrington, USC's dean of admission and financial aid. "We want the best and the brightest and we are proud to have students who are finalists. We think we have a lot to offer students and this is one of the ways we seek to attract some of the best."