USF fundraiser creates $150,000 LGBT scholarship
Boasting that the school "continues to set the pace in supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students," the University of South Florida today announced that it exceeded its goal in creating a $150,000 endowed LGBT scholarship.
The goal was to reach $100,000 so the scholarship would be eligible for a 50 percent match from the state. A one-night event last month added $40,000 to the $65,000 pot USF had raised over three years through the school's Alumni Association and Committee on Issues of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.
Since the fund's inception, four students have earned scholarships. USF says the new money "comes at the best possible time." Scholarship applications, which totaled seven in the scholarship's first year, exceeded 40 last year.
The announcement comes about a week after USF changed its housing application to better accommodate transgender students. USF says its the first step toward gender-neutral housing on a wider scale. In the spring, USF will launch a pilot program for up to 10 students to live with members of whatever gender they please.