Disability Studies Minor


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: 2016-17 application is 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

  4. 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

Profiles of 2016 Student Winners
Thanks to the generous support of the Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Oschin Family Foundation, UCLA Disability Studies is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Samuel Oschin Scholarship. Jameelah Najieb will be awarded $3,500, Jake Abarca will be awarded $2000, and Miso Kwak and Mandy Mekhail have received Honorable Mentions.

The selection committee received a number of highly qualified applicants. Jameelah and Jake rose to the top by clearly exemplifying the spirit of the Samuel Oschin Scholarship. The committee was impressed by their strong academic record, resumes that highlight service, and their viable plans to positively impact the disability community in their future careers.


Jameelah is currently a senior completing a double major in Political Science and Sociology with a minor in Disability Studies. She is an intern and student volunteer at the Disability Rights Legal Center in Los Angeles and a student volunteer in the Justice Corps program in the Los Angeles Superior Courts. Jameelah’s legal internships fuel her commitment to pursue a law degree and to continue being an advocate as part of the disability movement. Learning about disability law and policy and scrutinizing how these laws can be improved, is crucial to being an advocate for underrepresented communities. Through Disability Studies she found a purpose for her passion and a community for whom she would advocate.


Jake is a senior majoring in Anthropology. His academic interests have explored the intersections of anthropology and disability studies. As part of the Lemelson Anthropological Honors Program, he has been conducting ethnographic research on identity, community, embodiment, and empowerment. His research on the body has pushed him to explore holistic forms of treatment. Jake is interning at Therapy West where he is working alongside occupational therapists in client-centered practices furthering his research interests in sensory therapy integration. Jake exemplifies the ways research and practice can inform each other.

Honorable Mention


Miso Kwak is a senior completing a degree in Psychology and double minors in Education and Disability Studies. Miso coordinated “Braille on Bruinwalk” for 2016’s Disability Awareness Week. This event encouraged folks passing by to learn about Braille, test different tools, and to appreciate the blind community at UCLA. Miso is a mentor for Accessible Science, a high school science camp for blind students. Through her example, she hopes to show the students that a disability can enrich human understanding


Mandy Mekhail is a senior completing a degree in Psychology. Mandy has focused her undergraduate career on holistic wellness and education. Mandy’s commitment to wellness is exemplified in her many student leadership positions. As the Assistant Commissioner for the Undergraduate Students Association Council’s Student Wellness Commission (SWC), Mandy has expanded the office’s work on health and wellness to include advocacy for food security, housing, and financial security.