The 2020 scholarship competition has closed. Applications for the 2021 scholarship will be available October 1, 2020 on the CASH portal at cash.ou.edu.
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 LGBTQ equality. In just four years, the LGBTQ Alumni Society has built one of the largest endowed alumni club scholarship funds at the University of Oklahoma. But we aren’t stopping now. 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 “Give” below.
AC Carlton (they/them/theirs) is a senior chemical engineering student from Edmond, Oklahoma. They are the founding president of the University of Oklahoma’s chapter of oSTEM (Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and a student leader in the Gallogly College of Engineering. AC has also connected OU’s community with valuable outside opportunities, such as the Out for Undergrad conferences for LGBTQ+ students studying engineering, technology, marketing, and business. In every space they enter, AC serves as a visible nonbinary “engiqueer” and an educator to those around them. This summer, they will be an R&D intern with Clorox at their site in Pleasanton, California. There, they hope to build on their technical experience, explore the Bay Area, and search for ways they can make professional spaces more welcoming to LGBTQ+ people in STEM fields.
Leanne Ho (they/them/theirs) is a senior from Orange, California who is majoring in English Literature. Leanne hopes to earn an MD/MPH and work as a clinical researcher and educator, advocating for LGBTQ-inclusive healthcare policy. Although their primary focus is transgender and gender non-conforming health, Leanne plans to maintain an intersectional focus that dismantles the race, class, and gender disparities in healthcare. In 2019, Leanne was named OU’s 30th Rhodes Scholar.
Learn about our prior recipients:
Emily Mee, 2018
Mee, a junior, is a political science major co-enrolled in OU’s accelerated master’s in public administration program. Originally from Henderson, NV, she has lived in rural Oklahoma for most of her life. At OU, she participates in the Academic Integrity Council, OU FORUM newsmagazine, Crimson Club, Student Government Association and other groups. Mee hopes to make a difference for LGBTQ youth through inclusive advocacy in the policy-making world. Her long-term career goals include working in higher education policy on projects related to access disparities for underrepresented populations.
Victoria Bergman, 2017
“I really enjoyed my time in the LGBTQ Department of Youth Services Tulsa. I started the summer helping them prepare for Tulsa Pride, including assisting the youth to decorate a float and paint shields with their schools’ names on them to carry in the parade. Overall, we helped about 150 LGBTQ youth get to the parade in downtown Tulsa and march. … We hosted programs such as a weekly group for LGBTQ youth in the area to meet up and talk about various issues that they found relevant to them. We talked about queer representation in the media, how to advocate for yourself effectively, mental health, etc. I honestly learned a lot from the youth. It’s really so inspiring to hear their thoughts on issues in our community, and I was taken aback by just how passionate and smart they were about these issues. Overall, my time at Youth Services really encouraged me to keep advocating for the queer community, and especially younger LGBTQ people. … I am incredibly grateful for the support of the OU LGBT Alumni Society in helping me to live and work in Tulsa over the summer. … the entire experience has been so vital to my growth as an advocate for the LGBTQ community!””
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.”