Donor Spotlight

Thomas A. Kirschbaum Scholarship

Thomas A. Kirschbaum Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate an interest in and an aptitude for studying tax law. This year, Steve Serna ’14, Ryan McKay Hicks ’15, and Alan Beadle ‘16 were chosen as Kirschbaum Scholarship recipients. The scholarship helps fund the recipients’ education and also connects them to potential mentors in the Los Angeles legal community. Noah Metz ’13 and Ryan J. Shumacher ’14, inaugural recipients of the scholarships in 2012, had the opportunity to meet with the Los Angeles Benefits and Compensation Group (LABCG), a group of 17 leading executive compensation and employee benefits attorneys.

The scholarship was created to honor the life and work of Tom Kirschbaum, ’77, who was widely recognized as one of California’s leading tax, compensation and employee benefits lawyers. Established by Tom’s friends, family and colleagues – including Jim Barrall, who was pivotal in creating and implementing the vision for the scholarship, the award annually recognizes a UCLA Law student or students who embody Tom’s spirit and special qualities – a sharp intellect, sense of humor, passion for life and compassion for others.