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Public Affairs Grad Named 2024 Young Alumnus of the Year

Born at UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center, UCLA quarterback Chase Griffin has been a true lifelong Bruin, earning a bachelor’s degree in public affairs in 2021 and a master’s in education in 2023. Now he’s poised to add a UCLA master’s in legal studies to the list. Recently named the 2024 Young Alumnus of the Year for his leadership and philanthropic commitment, Griffin has leveraged his status as one of college football’s most recognizable athletes to raise awareness of social justice issues and encourage corporations to invest in community organizations. Griffin, a leader in the NIL (name, image, likeness) licensing, which gives student-athletes power over their personal brand, launched the Chase Griffin Foundation to help combat food insecurity and has donated more than $50,000 of his NIL earnings to the Los Angeles Food Bank and other local groups. He has served on California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Student-Athlete Task Force, mentored students at the Horace Mann UCLA Community School and in 2023 was initiated into the Order of the Golden Bruin, UCLA’s oldest honorary society, for his service to the university and community.

Read more about Griffin and the other 2024 UCLA Alumni Award recipients


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