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The Louis Zamperini Endowed Scholarship Campaign

$292,617
58%
Raised toward our $500,000 Goal
391 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on January 31, at 11:00 PM PST
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The Louis Zamperini Endowed Scholarship Campaign

When circumstances destroy our dreams and darkness sets upon our lives, some may give up, but Trojans Fight On. One of our greatest Trojans, Louis Zamperini, was the embodiment of this motto. 

Nicknamed the Torrance Tornado for his incredible speed and aggressive running style on the track field, Louis earned a 4-year full scholarship to attend USC.  As a 19 year old, he was the youngest American ever to qualify for the 5,000 in the 1936 Summer Olympics.  

At USC he continued his winning streak, as a 3-year letterman who co-captained the 1940 Trojan squad and served as a member of three NCAA championship teams.

As did many young men his age, he answered the call of duty upon the onset of America’s entry in World War II.  Shot down over the Pacific Ocean in 1943, Louis was stranded on a life raft and drifted at sea for 47 days before being captured and remained a prisoner-of-war (POW) for 2 years. In true Trojan fashion, Louis became a leader within the POW camp by finding ways to motivate fellow prisoners to stay alive until the end of the war.  After his release, he went on to be a successful businessman.  A firm believer in forgiveness, Louis traveled to Japan following the war and made amends with his former captors.  Sadly, Louis passed away on July 3, 2014, but as a USC scholarship recipient himself, the Louis Zamperini Scholarship will ensure that his memory lives on forever.

The Louis Zamperini Endowed Scholarship will be awarded annually to a male or female track & field athlete who best epitomizes his talents and spirit to receive the same opportunities he received as a USC student.  Help us create this lasting legacy.

Our way
of Thanking You

$25

Thank You Letter

Receive a Thank You letter from USC Athletic Director Pat Haden

25 of Unlimited Claimed
Estimated Delivery: February 2015

$100

Receive a Copy of "Unbroken"

Receive a copy of Lauren Hillenbrand's "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption" plus Thank You letter. Fair market value of $20 is not eligible for tax deduction.

24 of Unlimited Claimed
Estimated Delivery: February 2015

$500

Track Stadium Recognition

Recognition on the “Louis Zamperini Scholarship Wall” at the USC Track Stadium plus all above perks. Fair Market Value of $20 is not eligible for tax deduction.

23 of Unlimited Claimed
Estimated Delivery: February 2015

$1,000

Louis Zamperini Print

Receive an exclusive Louis Zamperini Print plus Thank You letter. Fair market value of to $10 is not eligible for tax deduction.

1 of Unlimited Claimed
Estimated Delivery: February 2015

$1,000

Attend the USC Movie Premiere!

Must make gift by 12/9 to receive perk: VIP Tickets to USC’s Unbroken premiere on December 16th at LA Live plus Thank You letter. Fair market value up to $60 is not eligible for tax deduction.

2 of 100 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: December 2014

$5,000

USC Football Helmet

USC Football Helmet, autographed by Head Coach Steve Sarkisian and Athletic Director Pat Haden plus Thank You letter. Fair Market Value of $300 is not eligible for tax deduction.

0 of Unlimited Claimed
Estimated Delivery: March 2015

$10,000

Sideline Football Tickets

2 in-game sideline passes for 2015 USC Football Game plus Thank You letter. Fair Market Value of up to $150 is not eligible for tax deduction.

0 of 20 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: December 2015