USC GLASS Endowed Scholarship
In 1990, Christopher Street West, in conjunction with GLASS — the name of the University of Southern California (USC) LGBT student group at that time — established a $5000 endowment with the purpose of funding scholarship for students pursuing degrees and research for the improvement of LGBTQ+ people around the world. Unfortunately, the scholarship went dormant until it was reinstated in 2017.
The GLASS Endowed Scholarship is awarded to USC students to help them conduct or present research affirming the important role that the LGBTQ+ community plays in society today. The grant is established so that LGBTQ+ identified students can develop their scholarly pursuits without added financial burden. When the scholarship was first established in 1990, being open about one’s gender or sexual identity was oftentimes met with financial disadvantages or loss. This scholarship was, therefore, designed to empower students to own their identities and to further the knowledge on topics concerning the LGBTQ+ community.