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: Award amount varies.

Eligibility Criteria:
Recipients of the Samuel Oschin Scholarship are selected based on strong academic achievement and commitment both to the field of disability studies and to working as an advocate on issues of importance to the disability community. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must:

  1. Have a 3.0 cumulative GPA;
  2. Be admitted to the UCLA Disability Studies minor;
  3. Have at least one course for the program completed or in progress at the time of application.

Application Deadline: Closed.

Application Instructions:

  1. In an essay not to exceed 750 words (3 double-spaced pages), describe your experience working in the disability community to date and discuss 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.
  2. Submit a current resume
  3. Submit application materials to Pia Palomo

Applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee.

Applicants will be notified via email by a date TBD.

For more scholarship information please contact:
Pia Palomo
Academic Counselor for Disability Studies
College Academic Counseling
A316 Murphy Hall


Thanks to the generous support of the Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Oschin Family Foundation, UCLA Disability Studies is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Samuel Oschin Scholarship. Elizabeth Stephens will be awarded $4,000, Zhe Zhang will be awarded $3000, and Elaine Lu has received an Honorable Mention.

The selection committee received a strong pool of qualified applicants who all had strong academic records and a history of service with the disability community. Elizabeth and Zhe rose to the top by exemplifying the spirit of the Samuel Oschin Scholarship in the clear connections they made between disability studies scholarship, their current service, and particularly their future goals to be change makers.


Elizabeth is currently a junior pursuing a degree in Psychology with a minor in Disability Studies. She works at Special Camp, an organization that provides opportunities for children and adults to form one-on-one friendships with their peers in a summer camp setting. She also is involved at UCLA as a Disability Justice Advocate to break down the stigma surrounding disability in order to create a more inclusive atmosphere on campus. With the resources and insight from the Disability Minor, she is looking to find way to increase awareness, understanding, and inclusion.

ZHE ZHANG ($3000)

Zhe Zhang is a Transfer Bruin majoring in Statistics with a minor in Disability Studies. Zhe has immersed himself in disability studies and balances his statistics curriculum and big data experience through his disability studies internship with the UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment. He is also learning American Sign Language (ASL) and hopes to teach ASL to Chinese people who are deaf, so that they can increase their access to studying abroad and minimize language barriers. Zhe will graduate this spring and intends to pursue graduate studies in programs that explore the intersections between disability and special education. We look forward to Zhe’s contributions to changing special education in China.



Elaine Lu is a senior majoring in neuroscience and has an impressive history of lab research and service to the disability community. Elaine is currently completing her disability studies internship requirement with Bridges Academy, a school that serves twice exceptional (2e) students with a unique academic curriculum and structure. Elaine’s experiences fuel her desire to pursue a career in the medical field and to establish networks of practitioners, educators, and therapists, to provide better care and stronger advocacy for the patients.