The Skull and Dagger Honor Society is the all-university honor society at the University of Southern California. Founded in 1913, the society is primarily for graduating seniors consisting of leaders, scholars, and student-athletes. Many great USC alumni have been members of the Skull and Dagger Society, though the identities of the members are kept a secret.
The Skull and Dagger Foundation has established two scholarships in memory of former Permanent Masters of the Society. The first was established in 1989 and is named in memory of Dr. Kenneth Owler Smith, a professor of Journalism, who served as Permanent Master of the Society from 1983 until his death in 1988. The second was established in 2002 in memory of Dr. Harrison M. Kurtz, a professor of Biological Sciences, who served as Permanent Master from 1989 until his death in 2001. Both scholarships are awarded annually to the continuing USC students (graduate or undergraduate) who have demonstrated significant campus and/or community leadership.
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