LGBT Resource Center invites sophomores, juniors to apply for Joseph Harry Scholarship

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center logoNIU’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center is seeking applications for its annual Joseph Harry Endowed Scholarship.

The endowment for the Joseph Harry Scholarship Program was established through the generosity of the namesake professor, who taught in the NIU Department of Sociology from 1977 to 1998. During that period, he conducted considerable research in the area of gay studies and was also the faculty adviser for several years to NIU’s LGBT student organization, then called the Gay/Lesbian Union.

The purpose of the Joseph Harry Endowed Scholarship Program is to provide tuition scholarships to undergraduate students in their junior or senior year who have participated in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender queer/questioning (LGBTQ) organizations or activities.

To be awarded this scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of financial need, scholarly performance and academic standing.
  • Scholarships are awarded for the following academic year.
  • Scholarships may be renewable for a second year, with application materials, at the discretion of the scholarship committee if the student maintains satisfactory academic standing (a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all NIU credit earned and of 2.0 in the major).
  • Scholarships shall be awarded on the basis of merit without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, political affiliation or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, as defined by university policy.

The application, more information and application resources are all available online. All recipients will be recognized at the Annual Pride Awards Dinner in April.

The deadline for submission of all required documents is 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8. For more information, contact Molly Holmes, director of the LGBT Resource Center and chair of the scholarship committee, by calling (815) 753-5248, emailing lgtb@niu.edu or visiting Holmes Student Center 707.

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