USC Lambda Scholarships

Since 1994, USC Lambda has awarded nearly $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 LGBT community. These scholars have gone on to executive roles in Fortune 500 companies and LGBT 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 LGBT student body to see their sexual and gender identities as strengths, not obstacles.

APPLY TODAY: 2018-19 Application

Application Timeline

December 2017: applications available

February 2, 2018: application deadline

February-March 2018: applications reviewed by committee

April 2018: applicants notified

April 29, 2018: Lambda Scholars Reception

All USC Lambda Scholars are required to:

  • Complete bio and donor gratitude statement by April 2018
  • Appear in the USC Lambda scholarship video, which films in fall 2018
  • Attend Scholarship Brunch and Lavender Celebration on April 29, 2018
  • 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 2018-19 academic-year scholarship is 11:59pm on Friday, February 2, 2018.

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 FOR 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.

CHAD BEGUELIN SCHOLARSHIP IN DRAMATIC ARTS: $5,000

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

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.

RUSSELL GAMBLE SCHOLARSHIP IN ARCHITECTURE: $3,500

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

SOLOMON NOTRICA SCHOLARSHIP IN BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES: $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.

VINCENT VIGIL 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.

William Hines

Amy Ross Scholarship in Health Studies

 

Chasey Ridgley

Tomlinson Holman Scholarship in Cinematic Arts

 

John Palmer

Don Thompson Scholarship in Cinematic Arts

 

Alexandra Sizemore-Smale

Albert Brecht Scholarship in Leadership

 

John Hernandez

Russell Gamble Scholarship in Architecture

 

Steve Vargas

Chad Beguelin Scholarship in Dramatic Arts

Cristian Pagan

Christine Marie Ofiesh Scholarship in Performing Arts

 

Leo Harris Driessen

Lambda Scholarship in Outstanding Achievement

 

Elizabeth Shi

Solomon Notrica Scholarship in Biological Sciences

 

Victoria Rodriguez

Matthew Holland Scholarship in Social Work

 

Erin Lim

Albert Brecht Scholarship in Law

 

Jessica Lynn Regner

Vincent Vigil Scholarship in Outstanding Achievement

 

Brandon Barretto

Tom Peterson Scholarship in Business Administration