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LGBTQ+ Equity Center Awards and Scholarship

Graduate Student Involvement Award

The recipient of the Graduate Student Involvement Award is a graduate student at UMD who has been directly involved with LGBTQ+ communities at UMD.

Previous Awardees

  • 2022 Brenda Sorto-Baires
  • 2019 Mel. Coles, PhD program, American Studies
  • 2018 Anna M. Moncada Storti, PhD program, Women's Studies
  • 2017 Jamie C. Welch, PhD program, Counseling Psychology

Pride and Advocacy Award

The recipient of the Pride and Advocacy Award is someone who has demonstrated exceptional leadership during the past year resulting in a positive impact on UMD's campus LGBTQ+ communities. The recipient may be anyone, including undergraduate and graduate students, staff, faculty, administrators, and also alumni and friends of the campus.

Previous Awardees

  • 2022 Veena Aruldhas
  • 2019 Wesley Joy Isberner
  • 2018 Max Balagtas-Badoy
  • 2017 Charles F. Delwich

LGBTQ+ Equity Center Scholarship

The LGBT Equity Scholarship is financed by the LGBT Scholarship Fund and administered by the LGBTQ+ Equity Center. Recipients must be full-time students at the University of Maryland, College Park, who have demonstrated a commitment to promoting civil rights for and preventing discrimination against LGBT people. In June, a call for applications is issued by the Office of Student Financial Aid and the LGBTQ+ Equity Center. Awards are determined and awarded for the fall semester.

Applicants must submit a short statement (maximum of 2 pages, double-spaced) outlining their qualifications for the scholarship. They must also submit an unofficial transcript and at least one letter of recommendation. Further instructions on how to apply are included in the call for applications. The number of awards and the precise amount depending on the available assets in the endowment. In recent years, the typical scholarship award amount has been $1,500.