This named endowment was established to honor Gil Somes, a man who was part of Laker Athletics for over 20 years. Starting in 1981 and until his retirement in 1994, Gil worked as the equipment manager for Laker Athletics. He was with the Lakers through each of their three NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) titles in 1988, 1992, and 1994. Recipients must be a full-time student in any degree curriculum working as a student equipment manager or student athletic trainer with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Selection is based on the recommendation of the Athletic Director and Coaching Staff.