Students who identify as LGBTQ+ face financial challenges much differently than their peers. Among the various reasons, lack of familial support is one of the most prevalent. This can result in homelessness, difficulty repaying debt after graduation, and anxiety about being discriminated against while seeking employment. By earning a scholarship, the concerns of these students can become significantly mitigated.
who we are
The LGBTQ+ Scholarship supports USF students who demonstrate academic achievement, have unmet financial need and have contributed to the welcoming climate of all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and thus support their academic, personal and social development as a citizen in the community.
Since 2009, this scholarship has awarded more than $40,000 to support our high-achieving LGBTQ+ student leaders. Our goal is to raise more financial support for deserving students and to bring awareness to issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community and generate dialogue amongst students, faculty, staff and alumni.
Supporting LGBTQ+ students will not only assist with financial needs, but also provide transformative education to make an inclusive and welcoming difference in the world. All students should have the same access to education regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. Receiving an LGBTQ+ scholarship will assist in bridging the gap and opening doors that otherwise may not have been available. It will give these students a sense of achievement and recognition that they will carry with them for years to come.
Any gift, any size, is reassuring for them to be reminded they have support throughout their college journey and beyond. To know there are people who want you to reach greater heights can make a huge difference!
what your gifts will do
Your gift will help build the critical resources for the LGBTQ+ Scholarship, which will change the lives of our students on campus. We want all students to feel welcome and equal. So many people in our community are rejected by their support system for living authentically – including students at USF. Providing financial support is one way we can ensure they know that there are people in their corner. With these scholarships, LGBTQ+ students can afford their education while maintaining sound financial footing. Will you join the call to action and help be the rain-BULL in someone’s life?
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