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The Grant Imahara Memorial Study Lounge

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Raised toward our $50,000 Goal
576 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on February 14, at 12:00 AM PST
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Grant Imahara STEAM Foundation Opt-In – Your Response Requested

March 01, 2021

Dear valued Grant Imahara Ignite campaign donor,

Thanks to your generosity, we were able to raise $50,150 for K-12 STEM programs in honor of Grant Imahara. In addition, you have helped us name a study lounge in his old electrical engineering building to create a comfortable space for students for decades to come.

While our work with this campaign is almost done, the Grant Imahara STEAM Foundation, comprised of his family and life-long friends, continue to work hard to give back to the underserved community through mentorship, grants, and scholarships. Please click here to opt-in to the Foundation’s mailing list so that you receive the latest on their work and partnerships.

Thank you again for making an impact on USC and our surrounding community.


The USC Viterbi Alumni Relations & Annual Giving Office

Thank you! You Did it!

February 14, 2021

Dear Grant Imahara Ignite Campaign Donors:

On behalf of Wade Bick, '93, Grant’s family and friends, and the staff at USC Viterbi, we wanted to say thank you for support of the Grant Imahara Memorial Study Lounge Campaign.  Thanks to all of you, we have officially reached our goal!  We will provide you with updates about a new study lounge that will be named in Grant's honor in the coming weeks.

In the mean time, if you would like to continue making an impact in honor of Grant, please visit for more information and ways to contribute.

We could not have done this without you.  Thank you again!  

Take care and FIGHT ON!

91% There…Let’s Close This!

February 10, 2021

With hundreds of donors pulling through this past week, Wade Bick, '93 and the USC staff are so grateful for your support of our K-12 STEM programs in Grant’s name!

We'd like to especially thank Kristen Lomasney at for all of her help to raise awareness of our campaign last week.

We’d also like to thank Mouser Electronics for their generous gift and touching tribute to Grant:

Please share…tweet…post…email this campaign ( to help us close the campaign this weekend! 

Thank you so much! 

Take care and FIGHT ON!

An Update From Wade Bick, '93

January 25, 2021

Grant Imahara was a great friend, to me and to many other people. He would go out of his way to help you, he was fun to be around and had a great sense of humor. When he passed away suddenly in July, I felt like I had to do something to honor his memory. Grant and I and our friends spent countless hours studying and working in labs at USC where we were engineering students, so I thought it would be appropriate to have a study lounge named after him at USC's Viterbi School of Engineering. Since that time, I've been working with friends from USC and the board of the Grant Imahara STEAM Foundation to make this happen. To dedicate a study lounge at USC will require a $50,000 donation with proceeds going to the USC Viterbi K-12 STEM Center, a place where underprivileged kids can learn about tech and learn how much fun it is to build things. Grant liked to help people learn and he liked to build things. I think he'd love to know we're donating money to a cause like that. We're at about 35% of our goal so we still have a long way to go. 

Please consider sharing this campaign ( to your network to keep the momentum going.

In 2020, a lot of people spent time tearing other people down. Grant liked to build things. So let's try and make 2021 about helping people learn to build as a part of Grant’s legacy.


Fight On!


2020 Giving Tuesday Update

December 01, 2020

To All Grant Imahara Memorial Study Lounge Ignite Campaign Supporters:


Thank you to all of you for making a gift in support of our campaign. Today, December 1st is #GivingTuesday, a powerful day of giving. Its mission is to create a global generosity movement that will unleash the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. 


We’d like to ask all of you if you could please help to promote our campaign ( by posting it on all of your social media page and emailing it to your family, friends and co-workers to encourage everyone in your network to join you in supporting our project on this day of giving.


We know there will be a lot of organizations who will be asking for support as well, but we hope that as a USC Viterbi Ambassador you can help bring additional donors to support the USC Viterbi campaign you were passionate about.


Thank you for all that you do in support of the memory of Grant Imahara, '93, and for our students and school.  We couldn’t do this without you.


Happy Holidays!  FIGHT ON!

Thank you for bringing us 17% to goal! Now…let’s get to 100%!

November 04, 2020

Thanks to 39 donors, we are at 17% toward our $50,000 goal. All proceeds to this naming will go directly to Viterbi’s K-12 STEM program, bringing innovative STEM projects to under-resourced K-12 schools, teachers, and families in Southern California. We are so grateful for your support.


We still have a ways to go and here’s how you can help:


  1. Share this campaign ( with friends or family interested in K-12 STEM programs in Southern California or simply want to honor Grant Imahara.
  2. Post this campaign on your Facebook, LinkedIn, or Instagram
  3. Inform interested parties that their generous gifts are tax-deductible and will count toward their 2020 charitable giving

We couldn’t do this without you. Thank you again to our donors below:


Wade Bick

Coya Elliott

Aimceelyn Ahumada

Holly Amos

Jason Bender

Kenneth Carpenter

Yinglung Chuang

Holly Chung

Dana Coyle

Jensen Crawford

Michael Dolan

Michelle Ehrman

Sheila Everhart

Jonathan Fan

Gary Gitelson

Angelina Herridge

Harry Hollander

Tomlinson Holman

Eugene Hsu

Amy Jackson

Max Kaiserman

Priya Kapoor

Jeannette Lee

Brian Ly

Sharon Ng

John Peterson

Evan Phoenix

Carmen Rad

Luke Ravitch

Elizabeth Reynolds

Catherine Ricafort

Donna Sandsmark

Dennis Scales

Julia Scheibmeir

Chris Thacker

Smyrne Vermeille

Jeffrey Yu

Tina Zimmerman




If you do not wish to have your name listed, please email Jane Ong - Senior Associate Director of Development at: to remain anonymous.

Choose a giving level


Cardinal Level Supporter

Thank you so much for your kind gift in honor of Grant Imahara. We truly appreciate it!


Bronze Level Supporter

Your gift is a wonderful way to honor the memory of Grant Imahara. Thank you so much!


Silver Level Supporter

Your gift is helping to support under-resourced K-12 students, schools, teachers, and families in Grant's honor. Thank you!


Gold Level Supporter

Thank you so much for your very generous gift! Every gift will help us get one step closer to naming the study lounge in Grant Imahara's name.


Platinum Level Supporter

We are truly grateful for your support and dedication to the future of engineering and honoring the memory of Grant Imahara.


Titanium Level Supporter

Thank so much for you for your very generous support. Your gift is helping to ensure that Grant's name and legacy will live on forever at USC.