Applications for the 2018 scholarship have closed. The 2019 scholarship application will be available in October.

The LGBTQ Alumni Society Scholarship empowers student leaders in equality.

Our scholarship program grants awards of up to $5,000 in stipends and tuition waivers each year to talented OU student leaders who are making a difference for LGBT equality. In just four years, the LGBT Alumni Society has built one of the largest endowed alumni club scholarship funds at the University of Oklahoma. But we aren’t stopping now. By our five-year anniversary in 2018, we hope to double the endowment to $100,000 so we can support more students than ever before. Consider joining our Five-Year Anniversary Campaign by clicking “Contribute” below.

Learn about our prior recipients:

Morgan Benjamin, 2016

“At Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the world’s first and leading HIV/AIDS organization, I was a Public Affairs and Policy intern. My tasks included helping the PA department with legislation and funding, at all government levels, that impacted those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. Additionally, I assisted with all tasks that the staff and organization needed; such as, planning for large fundraisers, creating press releases, and even orchestrating a protest on the FDA’s discriminatory blood ban in the wake of the Orlando Massacre on the steps of NY City Hall. … In short, living in NYC and interning in politics and LGBTQ+ issues was easily the most amazing, growing, rewarding, and equally challenging, summer of my life. … By rewarding me the OU LGBT Alumni Society Scholarship, you all have lightened my financial burden which allowed me to focus on my online summer classes and my work in public service and LGBTQ+ advocacy. Your generosity and support has inspired me to help others and give back to my community.”

Paula Sophia Schonauer, 2016

“One of the most exciting things to happen to me was the opportunity to do an internship with the National Center for Transgender Equality in Washington D.C. I would have never applied for this internship had I not won the OU LGBT Alumni Society scholarship. … The best takeaway from my summer in Washington D.C. is having the experience of seeing a nationally prominent organization in action. I am impressed with the NCTE and their devotion to the movement for transgender equality. They are passionate advocates who work long hours to develop education programs about transgender lives. They engage policy issues head-on with intelligence backed by thorough research, and they carefully develop messaging that addresses the concerns of transgender people nationwide. During policy meetings I saw people disagreeing on key issues from time to time, but they displayed the stamina to continue the debate and come up with a resolution. … I am thankful for the support and encouragement of the LGBT Alumni Society. Without you I would not have stretched my horizons beyond Oklahoma. I would not have had the opportunity to live in and work in a dynamic city like Washington D.C.”

Victoria Bergman, 2017

“One of the most exciting things to happen to me was the opportunity to do an internship with the National Center for Transgender Equality in Washington D.C. I would have never applied for this internship had I not won the OU LGBT Alumni Society scholarship. … The best takeaway from my summer in Washington D.C. is having the experience of seeing a nationally prominent organization in action. I am impressed with the NCTE and their devotion to the movement for transgender equality. They are passionate advocates who work long hours to develop education programs about transgender lives. They engage policy issues head-on with intelligence backed by thorough research, and they carefully develop messaging that addresses the concerns of transgender people nationwide. During policy meetings I saw people disagreeing on key issues from time to time, but they displayed the stamina to continue the debate and come up with a resolution. … I am thankful for the support and encouragement of the LGBT Alumni Society. Without you I would not have stretched my horizons beyond Oklahoma. I would not have had the opportunity to live in and work in a dynamic city like Washington D.C.”

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