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News - June 1996

Scholarships available for GLB students at USC

University of Southern California Lambda Alumni Association is an officially chartered support group whose mission is to raise money for scholarships for gay, lesbian and bi students at USC. It was inaugurated by the University three years ago, on May 1, 1996, and the Lambda board of directors reports to Vice President Student Affairs.

Five scholarships have already been awarded to promote excellence in undergraduate and in graduate education.

Four scholarships, in the sum of $1,000 each, are being offered for this coming academic year, for students having a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, in the following categories: Research (for material costs of thesis or dissertation); Women's Issues, Role Model (for an outstanding member of the gay, lesbian or bi student community), and Cinema-Television.

Targeted scholarships for other USC professional schools and colleges are planned as additional funds are raised.

Scholarship applications, which are available at the Office of the Vice President Student Affairs, must be completed (in triplicate) with transcripts attached and returned to that Office by September 13, 1996.

The Association publishes a newsletter, and PFLAG members and others are welcome to request that their name be added to our distribution list. Inquiries and requests may be sent to eckardt@usc.edu or to the address shown below..

These scholarships might be interest to PFLAG members whose children are making decisions about where students might want to enroll, and to students making decisions about undergraduate transfers or about graduate work.

Lambda Alumni Association presently has almost 600 on its mailing list, and its scholarship fund, donations to which are fully tax deductible, is rapidly growing, both by present gifts and by estate planning gifts. There is also outreach to corporations and foundations.

This past month, at a University-wide Volunteer Recognition Luncheon, two University Trustees and the Senior Vice President For Advancement presented to my predecessor Co-President, Donald L. Gabard, Ph.D., a General Alumni Association President's Award for forming Lambda Alumni Association. It took Don and the rest of us on the Board two years, commencing in 1991, to receive full authorization from the University to form a new support group specifically targeted to gay, lesbian and bi students and research.

It is our privilege and goal to reward excellence and to provide for the next generation of gay, lesbian, and bi scholars. Please join us in our efforts.


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