Giving Priorities

Your support in any amount makes a meaningful difference to our students, faculty and all who benefit from the wide-ranging advances fueled by the school. 

Gifts may be in cash, pledges payable over multiple years, securities or real estate—or you may wish to consider a bequest or other planned gift.

Annual and endowed scholarships help us recruit and retain top talent and a diverse student body that reflects the world we serve. 

Annual Scholarship
An annual scholarship is:

  • Awarded annually during the contribution period
  • Carries the donor’s name for the duration of the gift
  • Requires a $1,000 minimum annual contribution

Endowed Scholarship
With a legacy gift of an endowed scholarship:

  • The principal is invested for long-term growth with only a portion of the income distributed annually in accordance with USC’s endowment policy.
  • Contributions of any amount may be made to the school’s endowment. Endowment gifts of $100,000 + will establish a separate fund in your name or the name of someone who wish to honor. Such gifts also allow you to designate certain preferences for how the scholarships are awarded.

Scholarship donors are recognized at our annual Scholarship Luncheon, where you have the opportunity to meet the recipient of your generosity.

The school has refurbished—and reimagined—Seaver Hall, the building adjacent to our John Stauffer Pharmaceutical Sciences Center, and has created an inviting and vibrant home for the Margaret and John Biles Leadership Center. 

This student-focused and technologically advanced facility will centralize student services and host programs and events. It frees up space for faculty and research laboratories in the Center for Health Professions Building, allowing the school to continue to expand. 

The new Biles Center includes:

  • A new student activity room with a large-screen TV, quiet study lounge and flexible-use space
  • New offices for Admissions and Financial Aid, Career Counseling and Student Affairs
  • Major upgrades to electrical and network infrastructure that will facilitate more collaborative and technology-enabled learning

The center is named for visionary pharmacy leader John Biles, PhD, and his wife, Margaret. Biles first joined the USC School of Pharmacy as an assistant professor in 1952, eventually serving the school as dean from 1968 to 1995. The Biles Leadership Center was created through a generous gift from Ninetta and Gavin Herbert.

Designed to encourage big ideas and bold projects in research, clinical practice and education, the Dean’s Innovation Fund builds upon the school’s long history of pioneering work. It will foster such projects as early-stage, higher-risk laboratory investigations with potential for great impact but which often have difficulty garnering backing from government and other external sources. The fund also may be used to develop advanced facilities and purchase equipment to fuel such initiatives, as well as to bolster unique educational opportunities for enhancing the student experience.

One of our highest priorities is recruiting and retaining world-class faculty who will continue to propel the school forward. The school currently is home to 12 endowed chairs and professorships. 

A vital part of our mission involves transforming how diseases are understood, treated and cured—as well as increasing access to care, improving health policy and promoting harmonized regulation of drugs and medical devices. Donor support is essential to this work and can be targeted to an individual lab, project or research center at the school.