Made possible by a generous gift from the Shapiro Family Charitable Foundation, the Shapiro Family Scholarship will support one or more students in the Disability Studies minor, to be selected annually 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.


The Shapiro Family Charitable Foundation was founded in 1984 by Ralph and Shirley Shapiro and their children, Alison and Peter, and Peter serves as foundation president. Through their foundation, the Shapiro family has generously supported medical and environmental research, as well as education, arts and children’s welfare programs, including initiatives that serve children with developmental disabilities and their families. The Shapiro Family are legendary leaders and philanthropists to UCLA. They remain intricately involved in UCLA activities, supporting the university in a variety of capacities and maintaining a lifelong commitment to helping the Bruin family. Their contributions have helped to make UCLA a world-class institution, accessible to students in current and future generations.




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.

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 Shapiro Charitable Family Foundation, UCLA Disability Studies is pleased to announce the inaugural winners of the 2019 Fall Disability Studies Scholarships.

The Shapiro Family Scholarship  aims to celebrate the strides made by our students, who have been agents of change on this campus and beyond. Lily Shaw and Isita Tripati were the inaugural winners of the 2019 Shapiro Family Scholarship – they will each receive an award of $1,350.

Lily and Isita rose to the top of the applicant pool through the connections they drew between disability studies scholarship, their goals and advocacy efforts.


Lily Shaw portrait

Lily Shaw is a fourth year Political Science Major with a double minor in Disability Studies and Labor and Workplace Studies. Lily’s role as a forceful and unstoppable agent of change for the disability community was evident upon her arrival to UCLA. She was quick to enroll in the Disability Studies minor as a first year and earned the top grade in the upper division entry course. Soon after, Lily was appointed to serve a two year term on the Chancellor’s Committee on Disability. She then became director and founder of Access on Board, an initiative put forth by the Facilities Commission to serve students with disabilities and make UCLA more accessible for all. In her senior year, Lily is serving as the USAC Facilities Commissioner with access at the forefront of her office initiatives in addition to undergoing the process of law school admittance. Lily plans to study International Human Rights Law with a concentration on Disability Rights and Healthcare Policy Reform. 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 is a graduating third year with a major in Neuroscience and a minor Disability Studies. During her time at UCLA, Isita has pushed to bridge the gap between medical and social discourses on disability. In particular, she has made an impact through her work at PEERS Clinic, where she coaches individuals with autism and ADHD on forming meaningful relationships and accessing employment opportunities. This year, she has undertaken a project investigating the impact of parent attitudes towards neurodiversity on long-term outcomes for past participants in the PEERS program. As a student representative on the UCLA Committee on Disability, Isita also informs campus initiatives to increase inclusivity for people with disabilities. Within the larger community, Isita has established a student-run organization, Speak Out for Surgery, that works across California in collaboration with local nonprofits to connect uninsured families with surgical, legal, and psychological resources. Through projects such as these, she hopes to increase awareness about socioeconomic disparities in healthcare. As a culmination of her passions for medicine, public health, and disabilities studies, Isita aims to work as a neurosurgeon in the future designing optimal care systems for children with developmental disabilities and their families based on the social model of disability.