UTSA GLBTQ students are invited to apply for five scholarships

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(March 31, 2014) -- UTSA students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or questioning are invited to apply for a scholarship created through the GLBTQ Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Since 2005, UTSA has worked with a group of dedicated donors who generously helped to create the GLBTQ Endowed Scholarship Fund. Initially working with the Alpha Lambda Tau fraternity and continuing the legacy with the GLBTQ student organization, John Szetela, Tony Era '93, Kevin Duhrkopf and Brian Wiatrek '95, the founding donors of the scholarship, have been instrumental in making the endowed fund a reality.

In eight years, this group of dedicated volunteers has raised more than $100,000 on behalf of UTSA students. As a result, the scholarship fund has grown from supporting two students each semester to five. The group is passionate about supporting GLBTQ youth who seek an education at UTSA.

"Getting an education at a university as diverse and open as UTSA helped me as a gay man to focus on the skills I bring to the table," said Brian Wiatrek. "It is very important to me to contribute to the scholarship so that others can benefit just as I do."

Past recipients of the scholarship have expressed their gratitude for the scholarship and how it has provided them the opportunity to focus on academics and celebrate their connection to the GLBTQ student organization. Personal stories share a transformation to a place where they feel safe, included and free to be themselves without judgment.

Applicants for the GLBTQ scholarship must meet these criteria:

  • Current undergraduate enrolled full-time (at least 12 hours) or graduate student enrolled in at least six hours
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
  • Active member of the GLBTQ student organization
  • In good disciplinary standing with the university

>> Access the application on RowdyLink.

The application deadline is April 11.

To support the GLBTQ Scholarship fund, email Brittany Pratt.