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:  $5500 and $2700 (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.

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 Ananya Bhargava at abhargava@college.ucla.edu.

*Your application materials should be sent directly to the committee via the following email address: Fall_20.jy7bjd27o327pcs4@u.box.com

Application Deadline: Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 11:59pm

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 2018 Samuel Oschin Scholarship. Lily Shaw will be awarded $3,500, and Isita Tripathi and Egle Urbonaite will both be awarded $500.

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. Lily, Isita, and Egle 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.

LILY SHAW ($3500)

Lily Shaw portrait

Lily Shaw portrait

Lily Shaw is a third year Political Science Major with a double minor in Disability Studies and Labor and Workplace Studies. Lily has a strong record of disability advocacy. Starting at age 16, Lily served as the youngest adviser to the Mayor of Nashville on the Disability Advisory Board. She transferred this experience and passion to UCLA when she became the director of Access on Board, an initiative put forth by the Facilities Commission to serve students with disabilities and make UCLA more accessible for all. Lily hopes to study and eventually practice Disability Rights Law. Her dream is to one day work with the World Health Organization under the United Nations to create universal standards of living for people with disabilities.


Isita Tripathi portrait

Isita Tripathi portrait

Isita Tripathi is a second year pursuing a degree in Neuroscience with minors in Disability Studies and Global Health. She currently volunteers at PEERS Clinic, where she helps socially-motivated youth with autism learn how to form meaningful relationships with others. Within PEERS, she also works as a career coach in the College-to-Careers program, which aims to find job opportunities and establish accommodating workplaces for UCLA college students with autism. As a culmination of her interest in medicine, public health, and disability studies, she is currently developing a student organization that provides access to free surgical care for patients in underprivileged communities. With mentorship from Disabilities Studies faculty, she hopes to advocate for people with disabilities who are rejected from the care they desire due to structural issues in healthcare. In the future, she aspires to build on her experiences in the minor to integrate disability studies perspectives into the medical field.


Egle Urbonaite portrait

Egle Urbonaite portrait

Egle graduated in the fall 2018 with a major in Psychology and minor in Disability Studies. She conducted her internship at the Disability Rights Legal Center, a non-profit law firm that defends the rights of people with disabilities through education, advocacy, and litigation. She also completed her capstone project while enrolled in Rosemarie Garland-Thomson’s class, “The Future of Humanity: The Bioethics of Health and Disability” where she analyzed several legal documents that either enforce or threaten the rights of people with disabilities. Egle is applying to law school for the following school year, where she hopes to continue advocating for people with disabilities in health law or public interest law.



Elizabeth Stephens – 2017
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
Major: International Development Studies


Elaine Lu – 2017
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