Scholar of the Week

Dennis Orozco

Dennis Orozco is entering his junior year at the University of Southern California (USC) where he is majoring in civil engineering with an emphasis in construction management.

Dennis graduated from Bell Gardens High School in California and as a senior applied for the USC Topping Scholarship, a need based scholarship that targets first generation college students. Every Topping Scholar is selected from a highly competitive applicant pool and the students selected exemplify an extraordinary level of volunteerism and community awareness. Dennis was one of fourteen freshmen scholarship recipients selected from a pool of over six hundred applicants.

Dennis was admitted into USC as a pre-engineering student which meant he had to take a certain number of prerequisites before he was able to transfer into the Viterbi School of Engineering. The average freshman takes two to three semesters to transfer due to the difficulty of the curriculum since the grades earned in these courses determine whether or not the student is admitted into the school. During his first semester, Dennis earned an impressive 3.65 grade point average that not only granted him admission into Viterbi, but also earned him a spot on the Dean’s list.

At USC Dennis is very involved in campus activities. He is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, the Sigma Alpha Lambda Honor Society, the Construction Management Association of America, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineering. In addition, he is a member of the USC Club Baseball Team and an intern with KXSC, the University Radio Station.

Having family in Guatemala, Dennis would travel to Central America every two years. He would notice the huge gap of living standards when compared to those of the United States. After witnessing the improper living conditions of an underdeveloped country, he is determined to become an experienced and successful engineer and provide construction services to third world countries.

Dennis is a 2012 HENAAC-Southern California Edison scholarship recipient.

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