Disability Studies is pleased to announce that the Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Oschin Family Foundation is providing a scholarship to promising students in the Disability Studies Minor who are dedicated to service and advocating on issues of importance to the disability community.


The Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Oschin Family Foundation was founded in 1981 by the late Samuel Oschin, an entrepreneur, explorer and philanthropist who was dedicated to giving back to the Los Angeles community. Under the direction of Mrs. Samuel Oschin, the Foundation continues her husband’s work by giving generously to the community and supporting a variety of causes in the areas of astronomy, medicine, education, and the arts.

Lynda Oschin says her husband wanted nothing more than to make a difference and encourage others to share in the work of improving our world and bringing hope for the future through stimulating collaboration. With this generous gift to UCLA’s Disability Studies program, students are able to continue Samuel Oschin’s legacy and dedicate themselves to improving the quality of life for those in the Los Angeles community and beyond.




Award Amount:  $5600 and $6400 (two awards or split into multiple awards)

Eligibility Criteria:
Recipients of the Disability Studies fall scholarships are selected based on (1) strong academic achievement, (2) commitment to the field of disability studies and (3) to working as an advocate on issues of importance to the disability community. To be eligible for the scholarships, students must have:

      1. A 3.0 cumulative GPA;
      2. Admittance to the UCLA Disability Studies minor;
      3. Completed or currently enrolled in Disability Studies 101W and;
      4. Completed or currently enrolled in at least one elective course for the minor.
  • Note: All applicants will apply for both scholarships using one application. Only US citizens, permanent residents or AB540 eligible students will be selected for the Samuel Oschin Scholarship.

Application instructions:
1. In a single PDF document, include the following two items:

  • An essay not to exceed 750 words (3 double-spaced pages) that describes your experience working in the disability community to date and discusses how the Disability Studies minor has influenced (or how you envision it will influence) the direction of your academic career and future plans. If applicable, please include a discussion of your internship and/or capstone research plans.
  • A current resume

Save the PDF in the following format:

  • LastName_FirstName_Application.pdf
  • Ex: Block_Gene_Application.pdf

2. Obtain a copy of your unofficial transcript and save it in the following format:

  • LastName_FirstName_Transcript.pdf
  • Block_Gene_Transcript.pdf

Email both files to the Disability Studies Fall Scholarship Committee*. Your application materials will be automatically uploaded to a drive once they are received.

Confirmation email:

You will receive a confirmation email for each file when your application materials have been successfully uploaded. Important: If you do not receive a confirmation email or if you are having issues uploading your application, please send application materials to Charlotte Vo at cvo@college.ucla.edu.

*Your application materials should be sent directly to the committee via the following email address: Fall_20.6ywqkdgpjljitdsd@u.box.com.

Application Deadline: Extended to Monday, November 16, 2020, 9:00am

Note to Non-DS Minors: Students who are not yet admitted to the minor may submit their application to the minor at the same time as their application for the scholarship—but their scholarship application will only be reviewed AFTER admission to the minor is confirmed.



Thanks to the generous support of the Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Oschin Family Foundation, UCLA Disability Studies is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Fall Disability Studies Scholarships. Amy Bugwadia and Thaksaporn Chitrakorn were the winners of the 2019 Samuel Oschin Scholarship – they will be awarded $3,000 and $2,500 respectively.

The winners were chosen from a pool of truly exceptional candidates of high academic caliber and a strong history of service within the disability community. Amy and Thaksaporn were the top candidates for the award due to their adept linking of disability scholarship to their goals and service initiatives.


Amy Bugwadia portrait

Amy Bugwadia is a fourth year Political Science major and Disability Studies minor on the pre-medical track. Her work in disability advocacy and justice has been shaped by lived experience and aims to integrate social theory into medical models. Amy has worked extensively within the chronic illness community with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, empowering young adults living with inflammatory bowel diseases through psychosocial, advocacy, and educational initiatives, and as co-founder of IBDetermined, an on-campus student organization. Along with volunteering with young children at Therapy West, Amy is currently working with the UCLA Master’s in Genetic Counseling program to build a disability justice perspective into the curricular framework and pedagogy of the program. In the future, Amy aspires to work at the intersection of medicine, public policy, and disability advocacy as a pediatrician.


Thaksaporn Chitrakorn portrait

Thaksaporn (Tatt) Chitrakorn is a fourth-year Psychology student minoring in Disability Studies and specializing in computing. Hoping to pursue a graduate study in clinical psychology, Tatt has been rigorously committing to both clinical and research work at UCLA. She currently volunteers as an Educational Coach at Pathway UCLA Extension, where she provides academic guidance and mentorship to students with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Passionate about mental health, Tatt has also served as a STAND Peer, a program under the Depression Grand Challenge in which she received supervision from clinical psychologists to run support groups and one-on-one sessions for students with mild to moderate anxiety and depression. In addition to her clinical experiences, she is currently completing her Departmental Honors Thesis under Dr. Karney in his Marriage Lab and is planning to broaden her research interests to help her better understand the mental health concerns of those in the disability community. In the future, Tatt would like to work with young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families and help address the mental health crisis in this specific population.



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Major: Neuroscience
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Major: Psychology
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Major: Psychology
Zhe Zhang – 2017
Major: Statistics
Jake Abarca – 2016
Major: Anthropology
Jameelah Najieb – 2016
Major: Political Science and Sociology
Rachel Davis – 2015
Major: Linguistics & Psychology
Justin Kawakami – 2015
Major: English
Rowan Smith – 2015
Major: Theater
Sonia Fan – 2014
Major: Psychobiology
Cindy Sayani – 2014
Major: Psychology
Jessica Kianmahd – 2013
Major: Psychology
Ashton Rosin – 2013
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Major: Neuroscience
Amanda Mekhail – 2016, 2015
Major: Psychology
Rachel Davis – 2014
Major: Linguistics & Psychology
Olivia Hansell – 2014
Major: Human Biology and Society
Sonia Maldonado – 2014
Major: Sociology