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HRC launches 2nd year of ‘Generation Equality Scholarships’ for LGBT and allied students

News release from Human Rights Campaign:

Three $2000 scholarships will be awarded to student activists committed to achieving LGBT equality

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, today announced the launch of the second year of the “Generation Equality Scholarships” for LGBT and allied students who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the fight for queer equality.  The scholarships are part of HRC Foundation’s Youth and Campus Outreach Program, which aims to provide tools, facilitate connections and empower young people to fight for LGBT equality on campus and beyond.  To apply for the Generation Equality Scholarships, or to learn about last year’s recipients, visit: www.hrc.org/geneqscholarship.

“We’re excited to once again be able to provide exceptional students with the funding that they need and deserve. All too often, LGBT students face obstacles in the pursuit of education, whether it be from a lack of family support or negative experiences in the classroom or on campus,” said Candace Gingrich-Jones, Associate Director of the HRC Foundation's Youth and Campus Outreach Program.  “The more than 1,000 applications we received last year for the Generation Equality Scholarships not only illustrated the social and economic barriers queer young people today face, but also just how committed they are to making LGBT equality a reality within their schools, communities and country.”

This year, the HRC Foundation will be awarding one $2,000 scholarship in each of the following categories:

•           First-year students

•           Returning four-year school students

•           Returning community college students

Priority will be given to applicants who:

•          Self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or an ally

•           Have applied to or are enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education

•           Have demonstrated a commitment or contribution to the LGBT community

•           Are in good academic standing

•           Have demonstrated need for financial assistance

The application deadline for academic year 2010-2011 is April 16, 2010.  Finalists will be notified in early- to mid-May and will be asked to submit additional materials. Scholarship recipients will be announced in mid- to late-June.

In addition to these scholarships, the Youth and Campus Outreach Program provides a comprehensive online database of more than 220 other scholarships available to LGBT and allied students.  The list, which includes national, statewide and school-specific scholarships, was created to ensure that students committed to the fight for LGBT equality can reach and benefit from institutions of higher education.  To view the online database, visit: www.hrc.org/scholarships.

Generation Equality, the current group of high school and college-aged young people, is more supportive of LGBT equality than any other generation in our country’s history. As young people work to attain the goals of the queer community on their campuses, it is the aim of the Youth and Campus Outreach Program to provide tools and help facilitate connections with other LGBT student activists across the country.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

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