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

November 2019: applications available

February 1, 2020: application deadline

February-March 2020: applications reviewed by committee

April 2020: final applicant interviews, all applicants notified

All USC Lambda Scholars are required to:

  • Complete bio and gratitude statement by May 2020
  • Attend USC Lambda Scholar Retreat on August 23, 2020
  • Attend USC Lambda Scholarship Benefit Spring 2021
  • Attend USC Lambda Scholarship Reception and Lavender Celebration on May 2, 2021
  • Fulfill 20 hours of service (10 hours per semester) in the academic year for the USC Lambda LGBT Alumni Association

The deadline to apply for a 2020-21 academic-year scholarship is 11:59pm on Saturday, February 1, 2020.

To help fund a scholarship, or if you have any questions about USC Lambda, contact Miguel A. Vásquez, Director of the USC Lambda LGBT Alumni Association.

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 LGBT 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 LGBT 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 LGBT community.

AMY ROSS SCHOLARSHIP IN HEALTH STUDIES: $5,000

Available to an undergraduate or graduate student in any academic program of study whose creative work, scholarship and/or community engagement demonstrates a commitment to promoting LGBT health and wellness.

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 LGBT 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 LGBT 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 LGBT 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 LGBT issues through creative work, scholarship and/or community engagement.

THOMAS J. PETERSON SCHOLARSHIP IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: $2,000

Available to a graduate student enrolled in the USC Marshall School of Business who demonstrates a commitment to advancing LGBT visibility and prominence through professional work, scholarship and/or community engagement.

TOMLINSON HOLMAN SCHOLARSHIP IN CINEMATIC ARTS: $12,000

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

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 LGBT community.

Yvana Bustamante

Albert Brecht Scholarship in Law

 

Giselle Dominguez

Albert Brecht Scholarship in Leadership

 

TBD

Matthew Holland Scholarship in Social Work

 

Chasey Ridgley

Tomlinson Holman Scholarship in Cinematic Arts

 

Goaz Gerstl

Lambda Scholarship in Outstanding Achievement

Alexia Sambrano

Solomon Notrica Scholarship in Biological Sciences

 

Steve Vargas

Christine Marie Ofiesh Scholarship in Performing Arts

 

Nyle Rioux

Tom Peterson Scholarship in Business Administration

 

Ellice Wang

Amy Ross Scholarship in Health Studies

 

Astor Stark

Don Thompson Scholarship in Cinematic Arts