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The History of Gold Shield

In 1939, just three years after their founding, Gold Shield responded to the Alumni Association’s need for assistance with its new Scholarship Program. Since that time, the organization has funded not only hundreds of scholarship awards, but also many other projects for UCLA:

  • Gold Shield commissioned the writing and publication of a 50th anniversary campus history, UCLA on the Move, and published a souvenir UCLA pictorial booklet.
  • The group originated the often emulated Dinners for Twelve Strangers Program.
  • Gold Shield donated to the campaigns to construct the John R. Wooden Center, Pauley Pavilion, and the James West Alumni Center.
  • To mark Gold Shield’s own fiftieth anniversary in 1986, the members established a $250,000 endowment for the Gold Shield Faculty Prize, An Award for Academic Excellence. This endowment has since grown to more than $500,000. The Prize is awarded biennially to a UCLA Faculty member in mid-career who has demonstrated extraordinary accomplishments in teaching, research or creative activity and who has made a significant contribution to undergraduate education.
  • Gold Shield Alumnae of UCLA is providing $20,000 in funding to help support the new Bruin Excellence & Student Transformation Grant Program (BEST), an innovative grassroots initiative led by a team of UCLA graduate students to provide grants for transformative, student-centered projects that improve campus climate. Gold Shield’s generous commitment constitutes the first gift that BEST has received from an alumni organization.