USC Lambda Scholarship Benefit

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Save the date for the 2022 USC Lambda LGBT Alumni Association Scholarship Gala! On April 9, 2022, we will celebrate the professional achievements and legacy of service of a group of outstanding LGBTQ+ and allied Trojans.  Your support of the USC Lambda Scholarship Gala and our scholars is critical, and begins with your nominations of alumni who exemplify the university’s highest ideals through their achievements and legacy of service to USC as well as their support of the LGBTQ+ community at USC and beyond.

We are pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2022 USC Lambda LGBT Alumni Association Scholarship Gala.  These awards recognize outstanding LGBTQ+ and allied USC alumni who have worked to advance and support the LGBTQ+ Trojan Family on campus and in the wider community. Please see individual award descriptions below.

All USC schools, departments, alumni groups and affiliated organizations are eligible to nominate. All fields in the nomination form must be completed. If you are nominating someone for multiple awards, please complete a separate nomination form and statement of support for each award.

All completed nominations, including supporting documents, must be submitted by 5:00 pm Friday, October 22.

Click here for the nomination form

Award Descriptions:

– The USC Lambda Alumni Association Recognition Award for Merit is presented to a member or ally of the LGBTQ+ community who serves as a role model; whose personal and/or professional achievements have advanced the causes of the LGBTQ+ community; and who has heightened the visibility of the LGBTQ+ community at large.

– The USC Lambda Alumni Association Recognition Award for Service is presented to a member or ally of the LGBTQ+ community who serves as a role model by dedicating their time, talents, or resources to advance USC Lambda’s mission in support of USC LGBTQ+ students, alumni, and the LGBTQ+ community at large.

– The USC Lambda Alumni Association Award for Faculty/Staff Recognition is presented to a USC faculty or staff member whose work demonstrates the values of USC Lambda’s mission to support USC LGBTQ+ students, alumni, faculty, and staff, and the LGBTQ+ community at large.

Previous LAARA Recipients:

  • Sheila Kuehl
  • Thomas Becktold ’87
  • David C. Bohnett ’78
  • John Heilman MPA ‘07, JD ’82, MRED ’09
  • Tina Mabry MFA ’05
  • Carole Migden
  • David Mixner
  • Stephen Soucy MPW ’00
  • Lily Tomlin
  • Nancy Warner
  • Thomas Becktold ’87

Registration and ticketing information will be announced in the coming weeks.

Last year’s scholarship benefit was a great success, thanks to your generosity! We surpassed our $25,000 goal to raise $26,135.  We’re now on track to grow USC Lambda’s endowment to $500,00, so that we can provide scholarships to deserving LGBTQ+ students in perpetuity.

During our virtual celebration, we presented USC Lambda Alumni Association Recognition Awards (LAARAs) to four outstanding Trojans in recognition of their achievements and dedicated service to USC Lambda, the university and the LGBTQ+ community at large.

Our Lambda Scholars are poised to become the LGBTQ+ leaders of tomorrow.  Please help them realize their dream of earning a USC degree by making a gift of any size to the USC Lambda Scholarship Fund.