The LEAGUE Foundation awarded new college scholarships for 2016. Since 1996, the LEAGUE Foundation has awarded 133 college scholarships. It is the nation’s oldest LGBT scholarship program and has given scholarships to students attending different US institutions nationwide.
This year’s Matthew Shepard Memorial Scholarship (name used with permission of the Shepard family), was awarded in the amount of $4,000 to Max Schlenker, of Deep Gap, NC. Max, will be attending the Yale University in New Haven, CT. The scholarship is named for the Wyoming college student whose life was taken in 1998 for his sexual orientation.
The Laurel Hester Memorial Scholarship, named after the Ocean County, NJ Police Lieutenant who successfully battled county freeholders for the right to leave her pension and other benefits to her surviving domestic partner, was awarded in the amount of $4,000 to Noah Radetsky, of Sausalito, CA. Noah will be attending the Reed College in Portland, OR.
Eight additional scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each were awarded to:
- Naomi Kolb-Untinen of Eagan, MN (Portland State University, OR)
- Jeremy Tsai of Flower Mound, TX (Harvard University, MA)
- Adam Kriz of Parkville, MO (University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, MN)
- Victor Ramos of Gaithersburg, MD
- Haruka Yukioka of Fond du Lac, WI (University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, MN) Fiona Cisternas, of Carlsbad, CA (University of San Diego, CA)
- Stephanie Figueroa, of North Hollywood, CA (California Lutheran University, CA)
- J Clifforde Alcover, of Honolulu, HI (Brown University, RI)
For more visit www.leaguefoundation.org/