Youth scholarships go to seven students

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Foundation announces the 2011 winners of LGBT scholars fund.  

Marking its 15th year, the LEAGUE Foundation awarded 7 college new scholarships this year. “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,” said Executive Director Charles Eader. 

Key selection criteria for these students include: identification as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender; (LGBT) and 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.

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 7 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.”

This year’s 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 Noah Rory Mann of Newport, RI. Ms. Mann will be attending Marlboro College in Marlboro, VT

The Laurel Hester Memorial Scholarship, named after the Ocean County, New Jersey 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 Daniel Sparks of Parma, OH. Mr. Sparks will be attending Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.

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

  • Derek Demeri of N. Haledon, NJ (Rutgers University, NJ)
  • Mason Hsieh of Oakland, CA (Harvard University, MA)
  • Aden Cook of Grand Island, NY (State University of NY at Buffalo)
  • Pauline Varley of Cleveland Heights, OH (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA)
  • Cody Jackson of Delray Beach, FL (University of FL)

Since 1996, 93 scholarships have been awarded to students attending 73 different institutions.Through the years LEAGUE Foundation has received applications from students in all 50 states.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.

 

Foundation announces the 2011 winners of LGBT scholars fund.  

Marking its 15th year, the LEAGUE Foundation awarded 7 college new scholarships this year. “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,” said Executive Director Charles Eader.