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Scholarships

The Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity offers multiple scholarships to Penn State students who are interested in and have shown a commitment to the Penn State LGBTQ+ community. Each scholarship has specific requirements for eligibility, including financial status, academic standing, and current and future involvement in the LGBTQ+ community on Penn State campuses.

Scholarship Awarding Timeline

Scholarships Open: August 1, 2019
Scholarships Close: December 6, 2019
Recipients Notified:  February 7, 2020
Scholarships Presented: April 24, 2020

Scholarship List

Barry H. Marshal Scholarship

The Barry H. Marshal Scholarship provides recognition and financial assistance to outstanding undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll at Penn State who have a demonstrated need for funds to meet their necessary college expenses and who advocate for or contribute to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community.

Eligibility:

  • All undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll at any Penn State campus
  • Demonstration of financial need (must have a FAFSA on file)
  • Demonstration or anticipation of advocating for or contributing to the LGBT community
  • Preference is given to students from New York State
  • Preference is given to students in good academic standing
Bruce Miller and Dean LaVigne Trustee Scholarship

The Bruce Miller and Dean LaVigne Trustee Scholarship provides financial assistance to undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll at Penn State, who have a demonstrated need for funds to meet their necessary college expenses and who have demonstrated an interest in advocating for or contributing to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community.

Eligibility:

  • All undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll at Penn State
  • Pell Grant eligible or demonstration of financial need (must have a FAFSA on file)
  • Demonstration or anticipation of advocating for or contributing to the LGBT community
  • Preference is given to students in good academic standing
Henderson and Marshall Military Leadership Scholarship

The Henderson and Marshall Military Leadership Scholarship recognizes full-time undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll at Penn State who have an interest in and concern for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Allied community at the University and have demonstrated efforts toward improving the climate and well-being of LGBTQA individuals through advocacy, awareness, and leadership with the LGBTQA Student Resource Center, and who are either United States military students or who are enrolled or planning to enroll in Reserve Officers' Training Corps. (ROTC) program at the University.

Eligibility:

  • Full-time undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll at Penn State
  • Interest and concern for the well being of LGBTQA individuals through advocacy
  • Preference shall be given to students who have demonstrated financial need for funds
  • Preference shall be given to students in the United States military or who are enrolled or are planning to enroll in the Penn State Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program (U.S. military is defined as veterans, active duty, reservists, or National Guard)
Lambda Alumni Outstanding Student Award

The purpose of the Lambda Alumni Outstanding Student Award is to honor and recognize contributions to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community achieved by an undergraduate or graduate student who is enrolled at Penn State.

Eligibility:

  • All full-time undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at Penn State
  • Demonstration or anticipation of advocating for or contributing to the LGBT community
  • Anticipated advocacy and involvement with the LGBT community as an alumni of Penn State
  • Preference given to those in good academic standing
Marc David Foundation Award

The Marc David Foundation Award recognizes an outstanding undergraduate student at Penn State, University Park who has achieved outstanding academic success and has demonstrated leadership and advocacy in the LGBTQA community at the University through their involvement in the LGBTQA Student Resource Center.

Eligibility:

  • Full or part-time undergraduate student enrolled at Penn State's University Park campus
  • Demonstrated leadership in the LGBTQA community and involvement in the LGBTQA Student Resource Center.
Masel-McClin LGBTQA Scholarship

The Masel-McClin LGBTQA scholarship provides recognition and financial assistance to outstanding undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll at Penn State, University Park who advocate for or contribute to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally (LGBTQA) community.

Eligibility:

  • All undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll at Penn State's University Park campus
  • Demonstration or anticipation of advocating for or contributing to the LGBT community
  • Preference is given to students enrolled or planning to enroll in the College of Engineering
  • Preference is given to students in good academic standing
Steve Artz and Tom Strickler Arts and Architecture Scholarship

The Steve Artz and Tom Strickler Arts and Architecture Scholarship provides financial assistance to undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll at Penn State, University Park who advocate for or contribute to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally (LGBTQA) community.

Eligibility:

  • All undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll at Penn State's University Park campus
  • Demonstration or anticipation of advocating for or contributing to the LGBT community
  • Preference is given to students enrolled or planning to enroll in the College of Arts and Architecture (or other academic unit that focuses on visual and performing arts, art, dance, music, or education)
  • Preference shall be given to students who have demonstrated financial need for funds
  • Preference is given to students in good academic standing
Tom Strickler and Steve Artz Engineering Scholarship

The Tom Strickler and Steve Artz Engineering Scholarship provides financial assistance to undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll at Penn State, University Park who advocate for or contribute to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally (LGBTQA) community.

Eligibility:

  • All undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll at Penn State's University Park campus
  • Demonstration or anticipation of advocating for or contributing to the LGBT community
  • Preference is given to students enrolled or planning to enroll in the College of Engineering
  • Preference shall be given to students who have demonstrated financial need for funds
  • Preference is given to students in good academic standing

Awards

    The Dr. Susan R. Rankin Award

    The Dr. Susan R. Rankin Award, established in 2007, honors someone who shows leadership, integrity, and has made outstanding contributions to Penn State. It is given annually to a student, staff member, faculty member, community member, or organization who has provided leadership and service to the LGBTQA community and who demonstrates outstanding efforts in leadership, integrity, and contributions to the LGBTQA community.

    Self-nominations are accepted. Nominations from all Penn State constituents and community members are encouraged.

    Leadership

    • Maintains excellence as a role model for students, faculty, and staff at Penn State
    • Demonstrates leadership in supporting students who are members of the LGBTQA community
    • Represents genuine accountability in upholding the integrity of the LGBTQA community at Penn State

    Integrity

    • Demonstrates integrity in the promotion of a positive identity for LGBTQA students throughout the University and local community
    • Values and succeeds at working with individuals who are different than themselves
    • Challenges the status quo by taking risks to raise awareness and educate others

    Outstanding Contributions

    • Has made meaningful contributions to students, faculty, and staff at Penn State
    • Demonstrates on-going efforts to add to the support services for LGBTQA students, faculty, and staff at Penn State
    • Demonstrates care, flexibility, initiative, creativity, and perseverance in all efforts

    Rankin Award Timeline

     Nominations for Spring 2020 Awards will be accepted at a date yet to be determined. 

    Outstanding Service Award

    2020 Outstanding Service Award

    Nominations are sought for individuals within the University community who have shown outstanding service regarding LGBTQ concerns at The Pennsylvania State University. The definition of service is open to interpretation, but all nominees should be active participants in improving the climate of diversity and inclusion for LGBTQ people at Penn State. Self-nominations are accepted.

    Nominations for Spring 2020 Awards will be accepted at a date yet to be determined. 

    Academic Achievement Award

    2020 Academic Achievement Award

    Nominations are sought for individuals at The Pennsylvania State University community who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the areas of research, teaching, and/or academic course work. Nominations should preferably acknowledge meritorious faculty, staff and students whose academic achievements are LGBTQ-focused but could also acknowledge the achievements of LGBTQ people in any area of research, teaching and student scholastic engagement. Self-nominations are accepted.

    Nominations for Spring 2020 Awards will be accepted at a date yet to be determined.