USC Lambda Scholarships

Since 1994, USC Lambda has awarded over $500,000 in scholarships to more than 150 students who, regardless of their gender or sexual identity, demonstrated academic achievement and a strong commitment to the LGBTQ+ community. These scholars have gone on to executive roles in Fortune 500 companies and LGBTQ+ nonprofits. They have spearheaded research in technology and sociology, produced award-winning films, and argued cases before the United States Supreme Court. They are doctors, educators, artists and activists who inspire our LGBTQ+ student body to see their sexual and gender identities as strengths, not obstacles.

Application Timeline

October 2020: applications available

February 1, 2021: application deadline

February-March 2021: applications reviewed by committee

April 2021: final applicant interviews, all applicants notified

All USC Lambda Scholars are required to:

  • Complete bio and gratitude statement by May 2021
  • Attend Lambda Scholar Retreat in Fall 2021
  • Attend USC Lambda Scholarship Benefit Spring 2022
  • Attend USC Lambda Scholarship Reception and Lavender Celebration in Spring 2022
  • Fulfill 20 hours of service (10 hours per semester) in the academic year for the USC Lambda LGBT Alumni Association

APPLY HERE

Apply for a 2021-22 academic-year scholarship by 11:59 pm on Monday, February 1, 2021.

To help fund a scholarship, or if you have any questions about USC Lambda, contact Danielle Harvey, Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations. 

USC LAMBDA SCHOLARSHIP IN OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT: $3,000

Available to an undergraduate or graduate student in any academic program of study whose creative work, scholarship and/or community engagement demonstrates leadership within the LGBTQ community.

USC LAMBDA SCHOLARSHIP IN LEADERSHIP: $2,000

Available to an undergraduate student in any academic program of study whose creative work, scholarship and/or community engagement demonstrates leadership within the LGBTQ community.

ALBERT BRECHT SCHOLARSHIP IN LAW: $5,000

Available to a student enrolled in the USC Gould School of Law whose creative work, scholarship and/or community engagement demonstrates leadership within the LGBTQ community.

ALBERT BRECHT SCHOLARSHIP IN LEADERSHIP: $7,500

Available to an undergraduate or graduate student in any academic program of study whose creative work, scholarship and/or community engagement demonstrates leadership within the LGBTQ community.

CHRISTINE MARIE OFIESH SCHOLARSHIP IN PERFORMING ARTS: $5,000

Available to an undergraduate student active in the performing arts (School of Dramatic Arts, Thornton School of Music, Kaufman School of Dance, etc.) who demonstrates a commitment to advancing LGBTQ issues through creative work, scholarship and/or community engagement.

DON THOMPSON SCHOLARSHIP IN CINEMATIC ARTS: $5,000

Available to an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in the USC School of Cinematic Arts who demonstrates a commitment to advancing LGBTQ issues through creative work, scholarship and/or community engagement.

MATTHEW HOLLAND SCHOLARSHIP IN SOCIAL WORK: $2,500

Available to a graduate student enrolled in the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work who demonstrates a commitment to advancing LGBTQ issues through creative work, scholarship and/or community engagement.

SOLOMON NOTRICA SCHOLARSHIP IN BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES: $4,000-$5,000

Available to an undergraduate or graduate student studying the biological sciences (Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences; Keck School of Medicine of USC; etc.) who demonstrates a commitment to advancing LGBTQ issues through creative work, scholarship and/or community engagement.

Current Scholars

USC Lambda proudly recognizes our 2020-2021 scholarship recipients:

Yvana Bustamante
Albert Brecht Scholarship in Law

Boaz Gerstl BA/MCG ’20 
Albert Brecht Scholarship in Leadership
Lambda Scholarship in Outstanding Achievement

Alec Allee-Munoz
Solomon Notrica Scholarship in Biological Sciences

Alexander Honey
Christine Marie Ofiesh Scholarship in Performing Arts

Kyle Scott
Tom Peterson Scholarship in Business Administration

Kellie Miyashima
Amy Ross Scholarship in Health Studies

Jean Leasiolagi
Don Thompson Scholarship in Cinematic Arts

TBA
Matthew Holland Scholarship in Social Work

TBA
Tomlinson Holman Scholarship in Cinematic Arts

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Past Scholars

Emily Allen
Michael Angelo
Michael Annetta
Brandon Barretto
Kathleen Beasley
David Bishop
Eric Bogin
Lorelei Bonet
Cissie Bonini
David Booher
Jonah Brown
Kara Cagulada
Hector Ceballos
Karli Cerankowski
Caroline Cha
Sung-Chang Chiang
Michael Chifalo
Richard Chu
Michael Clarkson
Sharon Claros
Christine Coffman
Taynara Costa Moura
Daniela Covel
Kindra Covert
Mark DeAngelis
Harout Dimijian
J. Dallas Dishman
Leo Driessen
Vanessa Eisemann
Marrissa Emond
Chris Esguerra
Amber Espinosa-Jones
Daniel Faltz
Manuel Fernandez
Conor Fetting-Smith
Katheryn Frankl
David Freedman
Ramon Garcia
Graham Gee
Jay Gladstein
Marc Goodman
Andrew Goodrich
Michael Gorse
Joanna Griebel
Frances Grimstad
Rebecca Grumet
Benjamin Gutierrez
Ivy Hammond
Lindsay Harrison
Nausheen Hassan
Margaret Hawkins
John Vincent Hernandez
William Hines
Emily Hobson
Adam Hochschuler
Jo Hoenninger
William Hoover
Jarad Hrusovsky
Brian Hurley
Shelby Inouye
Bonnie Johnson
Antonia Kao
Todd Kimmelman
Erica Kirk
Steven Kung
Matthew Lancellotti
John Lee
Mark Lemke
Erin Lim
Geraldine Lin
Anthony Lopez
Rebecca Louisell
Daniel Lyman
Shauna Madrigal
Brett Malec
Matthew Mallon
Kirk Marcolina
Alain Martinossi
Javier Meier
Lauren Mok
Michael Moody
Nicholas Mortaloni
Christophe Nassif
David Nguyen
David O Brien
Kristen Ochoa
Robin Ocubillo
Cristian Pagan
Crystal Page
John Palmer
Rachel Pearson
John Pham
Carol Powell
Karin Quimby
Arun Ramakrishnan
Natalia Ramos
Joanne Rapadas
Christopher Records
Jessica Lynn Regner
Stephen Rice
Chasey Ridgley
Victoria Rodriguez
Michael Roma
Tara Rose
Victoria Rose
Michelle Rouse
Lynn Sacco
Sandra Safford
Raffi Sarkissian
Kevin Shapiro
Elizabeth Shi
Jeffrey Simon
Alexandra Smale
Paisley Smith
Eric Solis
Jeffrey Solomon
Richard Solomon
Monely Soltani
Mark Spratt
Deborah Stevens
John Sudsina
Shelby Surfas
Ryan Swinney
Steven Tang
Emily Taymor
Tania Trepanier
Kevin Tsukii
Gail Tubs
Julian Turner
Dana Udall-Weiner
Eme Unanaowo
Michael Vacha
Paul Valentine
Steven Vargas
Harvey Villarica
Trac Vu
Rachel Walker
Christopher White
Brian Wilson
Melanie Winfrey
Kimberlee Woods
Joseph Wright
David Wu
Emily Zolfaghari