Indiana U. Alumni Group Provides Support for GLBT Students

Indiana University announced on Tuesday that its Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Alumni Association was elevating its existing scholarship fund for GLBT students to “campaign” level with the help of an anonymous $500,000 challenge gift.

“This scholarship campaign will help us recruit and educate future leaders,” Lauren Robel, the university’s executive vice president, said in a statement announcing the effort, which is being kicked off with more than $200,000 in cash and pledges.

Since 2005 the alumni group has provided academic and emergency scholarships for GLBT students, but the new campaign seeks to significantly increase support for both. The emergency scholarships serve undergraduates who have lost family financial support after disclosing their sexual orientation or gender identity.

“We launched this campaign to increase the total number of scholarships and, eventually, award amounts,” Michael D. Shumate, who is president of the GLBT alumni group and a board director of the Indiana University Foundation, said in a written statement. “Ultimately, we hope to create an endowment that will assist deserving students and promote diversity and leadership well into the future.”

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