Lambda Alumni Association Community Service Award

The Lambda Alumni Association Community Service Award was established by the UCLA Lambda Alumni Association to support any UCLA continuing student who has provided documented leadership and service to the LGBTQ+ community during the years of their current degree. This can include making a positive and lasting impact on campus, in the local community, in their hometown, and beyond.

Award candidates come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, but are universally defined by their experience or desire to serve the LGBTQ+ communities. Awards will be given in consideration of:

  • Demonstrated measurable leadership or specific aspirations and plans to improve the conditions for LGBTQ+ individuals.
  • Contributing member of the LGBTQ+ communities. Membership in the LGBTQ+ communities will be based on self-identification.
  • Demonstrated financial need, as determined by UCLA Financial Aid and Scholarships

This is not a merit-based scholarship. LGBTQ+ BIPOC and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Requires full-time enrollment and good academic standing.

Optional sections of the general application that are required for this scholarship and require specific examples from within the community:

  • Extracurriculars (Please include Leadership, Volunteer, Work, and Community Service Activities) Tip: Please focus on activities of which you are passionate.
  • Work/Internships
  • Honors and Awards

If awarded, Lambda hopes the scholar is willing, if possible, to volunteer at/support/attend at least one Lambda event in each quarter of the current academic school year. Given the restrictions the current COVID-19 pandemic limits our ability to host live events, participation may be in a virtual space until further notice. Tasks could range from clerical support, technical support during a virtual meeting, event or webinar, or anything else that matches the skill set of the scholar. If a scholar holds an interest in developing a specific professional skill, the Student Support Committee will match volunteer activities or mentors to that interest. The Student Support Committee welcomes any input from our scholars in order to help them increase their professional and personal networks.

If you would like further information regarding UCLA Lambda (LGBTQ+) Alumni Student Support and this exciting new scholarship opportunity, please contact Co-Chair Steven Llanusa ‘85 (

up to $1,500
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please confirm you have updated your responses on the general application to reflect the specific requirements of this diversity scholarship.
  2. Do you self-identify with any of the LGBTQ+ communities?
  3. Please carefully consider the following quotes, and discuss how one of the selections personally relates to your leadership experiences and/or current and future aspirations serving the community.

    A. “Love [them] and let [them] love you. Do you think anything else under heaven really matters?” – James Baldwin (Black LGBTQ+ Author of Giovanni’s Room)
    James Baldwin makes a powerful statement about love. He proclaims that sex and gender don’t matter; all that matters is that two people love each other. How does Mr. Baldwin’s view align or not align with the ways you build community with others?

    B. “If a [trans person] doesn’t say I’m [queer] and I’m proud and I’m a [trans person], then nobody else is going to hop up there and say I’m [queer] and I’m proud and I’m a [trans person] for them.” – Marsha P. Johnson (Black Trans Activist at Stonewall Uprising) How does this quote relate to you as a true and authentic leader?

    C. “Equality means more than passing laws. The struggle is really won in the hearts and minds of the community, where it really counts.” – Barbara Gittings (Lesbian activist who led marches in the 60s against the Federal ban on hiring homosexuals) What approaches would hope to use or have done to achieve equality for all LGBTQ+ communities?
  4. Please share any additional factors or information you would like the selection committee to know about you.