Student Support

“It is like I have 200-plus grandparents, but I also have 200 friends,” says Natalie Waldon, a Master of Aging Services Management student.

Supporting Students at the USC Leonard Davis School

When you donate to the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology you enable the education of remarkable students who share our passion for the human lifespan and for improving the aging process for people everywhere.

Student Support By the Numbers

$1.6 million

in scholarships given to students annually

nearly 50%

of graduate students receive scholarship support

600+ students

nearly 200% growth since 2012

Portrait of USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology Scholarship and Benefactors Luncheon Attendees

Endowed Scholarships

Gifts to USC Leonard Davis School’s endowed scholarship funds ensure that our remarkable students will have the resources and scholarships they require to excel—in perpetuity.  Named scholarships funds leave a lasting legacy for donors and create a permanent impact on the lives of generations of students whom receive this generous support.

Portrait of Mei-Lee Ney

“I invested in the mission, method, and marvelous minds of the USC Leonard Davis School. Bringing top scientists from disparate fields together to advance new approaches for healthy aging will lead to breakthroughs that benefit us all.”

Mei-Lee Ney

President, Richard Ney & Associates Asset Management, Inc. and member of USC Leonard Davis School Board of Councilors

Portrait of John and Linda Seiter

“A career in the financial industry has taught me the importance of economic security. The USC Leonard Davis School protects older adults when they need it most with education and advocacy in various areas of financial security and beyond.”

John and Linda Seiter

Board of Councilors Member John Seiter and his wife Linda are longtime supporters of the school

Portrait of Rick Matros

“My degree from the USC Leonard Davis School set me on my path and is at the heart of what matters to me. There’s a whole human connection that motivates me.”

Rick Matros

Alumnus Rick Matros founded and leads Sabra Health Care REIT, one of the country’s largest owners of seniors housing

Portrait of Keith Renken

“I was drawn to the subject due to my age and curiosity about what life was like after 60,” Renken says. “Knowing that the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology is the best in the country and under [Dean Emeritus and Professor] Ed Schneider’s leadership made it enjoyable to participate in.”

Keith Renken

Board of Councilor Member Keith Renken
Former Managing Partner of Deloitte

Why Your Gifts Matter

Hanson-Thorell Family Research Awards Support New Studies on Diet & Exercise

Research Assistant Professors T. Em Arpawong and Sebastian Brandhorst will each receive $25,000 in funding for one-year pilot projects.

Two Health Food Industry Pioneers Support Research on How Diet & Nutrition Affect Alzheimer’s

The USC Daryl and Irwin Simon Nutrition for Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention Research Fund was created to explore the role diet can play in the prevention or delay of Alzheimer’s disease.

New Scholarship Fund Honors Edward Schneider

Friends of the Leonard Davis School and Dean Emeritus Edward Schneider joined with foundations and companies to endow the new Schneider Scholarship Fund.

Give the Gift of Vitality

Your generosity allows us to acquire tools, advance research and attract talent but it does so much more. It sends a message that each of us at every age deserves to be happy, healthy and secure. Your investment in us makes all this possible. We can’t think of a more meaningful gift than that.