Two NJ LGBT students recieve college scholarships

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Rev. Peter J Gomes

The LEAGUE Foundation awarded its 108th college scholarship since its inception in 1996; Eight graduating high school students received a 2013 award this year. Two of the eight are from New Jersey High Schools. Through its tenure as the nation’s oldest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) scholarship program, awards have been given to students attending 87 different institutions in 31 different states.

League scholarship winner Jacob Rudolph of Parsippany NJ is seen accepting his award.

League scholarship winner Jacob Rudolph of Parsippany NJ is seen accepting his award.

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 $2,500 to Jacob Rudolph of Parsippany, NJ. Mr. Rudolph will be attending the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL.

Amram Altzman of Linden, NJ recieved a 1,500 award. She will attend Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies in New York.

The 2013 Matthew Shepard Memorial Scholarship, (name used with permission of the Shepard family), named for the Wyoming college student murdered in 1998 for his sexual orientation, was awarded in the amount of $2,500 to Casey John Leonard, of Walnut Creek, CA. Mr. Leonard, an Eagle Scout, will be attending UCLA in Los Angeles, CA.  

Through the years, LEAGUE Foundation has received applications from students in all 50 states. John Klenert, LEAGUE Foundation President had this to say, “Our scholarship recipients and indeed all our applicants prove that the future of our LGBT community will be in very good hands when these young adults take their places in leadership positions. We salute all of them!”

“Every student has the right and the potential to excel. The LEAGUE Foundation provides financial resources for America’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender youth to attend institutions of higher learning to meet this mission.”

Key selection criteria for these students include: identification as LGBT; achievement of a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; actively and substantially involved in community service; and acceptance to an accredited college or university.

Executive Director, Charles Eader said, “As more and more young people throughout the U.S. are becoming aware of LEAGUE Foundation’s scholarship program, our selection committee has a harder task of narrowing the increasing selection pool to the 8 award winners – as was the case this year. Each and every applicant should be congratulated for their courage to be an ‘out’ and visible member of the GLBT community at such a young age.”

Five additional scholarships in the amount of $1,500 each were awarded to:

Samuel Arthur McCauley of Greenville, SC (College of Charleston, SC)

Ari Flaks of Melrose Park, PA (Columbia University, NY)

Camille Stovall-Ceja of San Diego, CA (Wellesley College, MA)

Mario Vasquez Zuniga of Lancaster, CA (San Francisco State University, CA)

Camden Goetz of Wisconsin Rapids, WI (Tufts University, MA 

Contributions to the LEAGUE Foundation scholarship programs can be made through the website: www.LEAGUEFoundation.org.  Hotline: 703-691-5734. As a 501(c)3 contributions to LEAGUE Foundation may be tax deductible.

 

The LEAGUE Foundation awarded its 108th college scholarship since its inception in 1996; Eight graduating high school students received a 2013 award this year. Two of the eight are from New Jersey High Schools. Through its tenure as the nation’s oldest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) scholarship program, awards have been given to students attending 87 different institutions in 31 different states.