NORMAN — OU’s only LGBTQ alumni club has selected the winner of its third annual scholarship competition.

Emily Mee will receive $5,000 in cash and tuition waivers from the LGBTQ Alumni Society in recognition of her commitment to pursuing LGBTQ advocacy.

The society, founded in 2014, aims to connect OU alumni who identify on the LGBTQ spectrum and develop new LGBTQ leaders. The group’s membership base donate to support the scholarship and completed its $50,000 endowment in late 2015. A campaign to double the endowment to $100,000 is now underway.

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.

“We are so excited for Emily,” said Joe Sangirardi, president and founder of the society. “She’s proven her dedication to advancing equality for the LGBTQ community, and we believe she’s only scratched the surface of her potential.”

Mee is the fourth scholarship recipient since the program’s inception. In its inaugural competition in 2016, the Society awarded scholarships to Morgan Benjamin and Paula Sophia Schonauer. Last year, Victoria Bergman received the award.

Founded in 2014, the OU LGBTQ Alumni Society connects the University of Oklahoma’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer alumni to OU and to one another while providing scholarships, internships, and personal and professional development to current students pursuing LGBTQ equality.