Profiles of 2017 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 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 STEPHENS ($4000)
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.
Honorable MentionELAINE LU
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.