USC Lambda Scholarship Benefit

Saturday, April 4, 2020

**Event Postponed**

In accordance with the March 10 directive issued by USC’s Office of the Provost, and for the safety and well-being of our alumni, the USC Alumni Association is postponing the 2020 USC Lambda Scholarship Benefit. We hope to announce an alternate date for the benefit  in the near future. Please revisit this page or the USC Alumni Association home page for updates.

We deeply appreciate the ongoing interest of our alumni to stay connected to the Trojan Family and to support our university. Thank you for your patience, understanding and cooperation. Fight On!


Join us to celebrate the accomplishments of four outstanding LGBTQ Trojans and raise funds for USC Lambda scholarships. Enjoy an afternoon with the Trojan Family camaraderie at the USC Amy King Dundon-Berchtold University Club at King Stoops Hall.  Network with fellow LGBTQ Trojans and allies and learn how Lambda is making a positive impact on the lives of the university’s LGBTQ students today, tomorrow and far into the future.

Don’t miss the festivities!

At this year’s benefit, we will presenting Lambda Alumni Association Recognition Awards to outstanding Trojans for their dedication and service to Lambda, USC and our great LGBTQ community.

Hear directly from the scholars who are poised to become the LGBTQ leaders of tomorrow, thanks to the support of Lambda and our generous donors.

Join us for this important event on April 4!

By partnering with the USC Alumni Association on the 2020 Lambda Scholarship Benefit, you can take advantage of this valuable opportunity to market your company name and brand and support Lambda Scholars! We invite you to partner with us on the 2020 Lambda Scholarship Benefit by choosing from among several sponsorship packages, which can be found here, with a wide range of marketing options:

* Additional sponsor-level tickets available (to sponsors only) for $150 each.  Sponsor levels cannot be combined.  Other restrictions may apply.

Thank you in advance for your consideration. If you would like to purchase a sponsorship, please click here.



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Questions? Please call the USC Alumni Association at (213) 740-2300.

First presented in 2000, the Lambda Alumni Association Recognition Award (LAARA) honors a member or advocate of the LGBTQ community for their service in advancing USC Lambda’s mission, serving as a role model, and heightening the visibility of the community at large.

LAARA for Merit
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.

LAARA for Service
Presented to an LGBTQ or ally USC alum who serves as a role model and has given their time to advance USC Lambda’s mission in support of USC LGBTQ students, alumni and the greater LGBTQ community at large.

LAARA for Outstanding Lambda Scholar
Presented to a current USC Lambda Scholar who has gone above and beyond to advance USC Lambda’s mission in support of USC LGBTQ students, alumni and the greater LGBTQ community at large.

Previous LAARA Recipients:

  • Sheila Kuehl
  • David C. Bohnett ’78
  • John Heilman MPA ‘07, JD ’82, MRED ’09
  • Carole Migden
  • David Mixner
  • Lily Tomlin
  • Nancy Warner

LAARA for Merit

Tina Mabry MFA ’05
Senior Vice President, Executive Director of Morgan’s Mark
Award-Winning Filmmaker


LAARA for Service

Thomas Becktold ’87
Co-Founder of Insight Media Labs and News Driver

Stephen Soucy MPW ’00
Producer and Film Director


LAARA for Outstanding Lambda Scholar

Boaz M. Gerstl
Senior, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism