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With Your Shield: Navy special warfare USC initiative
Andre Gomez, Nicole Gomez, Katie Bradley, Brian Bradley and George Pens, from left, are part of the first cohort for a new USC Marshall initiative that helps separating and retiring Navy Special Warfare community members transition to civilian life. (Photo/Will Chiang)

Veterans initiative helps the heroes — and their families

A new USC Marshall certificate program, With Your Shield, provides veterans and their spouses special access to civilian business networks and educational opportunities.

USC scholarship financial hardship
Ann Marie Manahan, right, with her daughter, Madeleine. Manahan loved her time at USC so much that she wanted to give current students experiencing financial hardship a chance to finish their degree. (Photo/Courtesy of Ann Marie Manahan)

She couldn’t finish her degree at USC — but now she’s helping others avoid the same fate

Unexpected financial hardship forced Ann Marie Manahan to leave USC midway through her studies. Decades later, she created a scholarship to help USC students struggling to afford school.

group photo Tom Sayles, Jorge Campos, Theda Douglas, Jonathan Franklin
Thomas S. Sayles, USC senior vice president for university relations (left), visits with Jorge Campos, Theda S. Douglas and Johnathan Franklin, the ceremony’s keynote speaker and a USC TRiO alum who played for the Green Bay Packers and now works in community affairs for the Los Angeles Rams. (Photo/Sergio Gascon)

USC TRiO programs mark 40 years of helping low-income pupils get ready for college

The programs have been life-changing for students like Jorge Campos, who was homeless at the start of high school but will be attending Harvard in the fall.