Grand Challenges Scholars Application for Designation – Apply Today! Deadline: 2/16

December 18, 2019
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Are you a graduating senior?

If so, apply NOW to be a recognized as a  Grand Challenge Scholar!

Each year, the top Viterbi students who successfully complete the USC Viterbi Grand Challenge Scholar program areas will be named National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholars, recognized both by USC at graduation and the National Academy of Engineering.  In addition, a notation about your status will be included on your final USC transcript as well.

Throughout USC and the Viterbi School, there have been a number of opportunities available for our students to take advantage of in learning more about the NAE Grand Challenges – we have encouraged students to participate in Engineering +, undergraduate research, entrepreneurship, multicultural and service opportunities – all of which match up with the components for Grand Challenge Scholar recognition.

The various components of the program are below:

  • Talent Competency
  • Multidisciplinary Competency
  • Viable Business/Entrepreneurship Competency
  • Multicultural Competency
  • Social Consciousness Competency

While in order to considered for Grand Challenge Scholar recognition, you must have had some experiences in each of the five components, only one of the experiences must be in “in-depth.”   In other words, if you have conducted research or had an internship related to one of the NAE Grand Challenges, that can be your “in-depth” experience!

The GCSP Committee will only accept applications from graduating seniors.  Each application will be evaluated on the student’s focus on their chosen Grand Challenge and interpretation of their work and experiences across the 5 competencies. To learn more about program requirements, the 5 competencies of the GCSP, and how to apply, visit:

The GCSP Recognition application is due on Sunday, February 16th, 2020!

We look forward to reviewing your application!


Published on December 18th, 2019

Last updated on December 18th, 2019