As a host for the Southern California regional competition and a sponsor for local high school teams, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering has first hand knowledge of just how exciting and motivating FIRST is for student who are considering careers in engineering or computer science.

In partnership with FIRST the USC Viterbi School of Engineering has established a $5000 renewable, merit-based scholarship for two students who have participated on either a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team or FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team.  In order for the selected students to receive the scholarship award, the student must be admitted and enroll full time in any major within the Viterbi School of Engineering. The scholarship is renewable, contingent upon satisfactory academic progress in the engineering major and maintain a 3.0 GPA overall, for a total of $20,000 over four years.  The winners will be selected based on overall academic achievement and the content of their essay.

The First Robotics Scholarship Application is Due No Later than February 16, 2018.


  • Students must apply and meet all the application requirements and deadlines (December 1, 2017) for admission to the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering
  • In addition, you must upload a brief essay (500 words or less) on your FIRST involvement through our online application.

We will post a link to the application in late September 2017

If you have any further questions or need additional information, please let us know via email at