LGBTQ* Resources Accepting Applications for Scholarships, Grants, Internships

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 14, 2018) — The University of Kentucky Office of LGBTQ* Resources — a unit in the Office for Institutional Diversity — has opened its annual cycle of scholarships available to currently enrolled full-time students. These scholarships are awarded to help defray the cost of tuition, room and board, books, education abroad and other expenses related to the recipient’s academic pursuits at the university.

These scholarships are made possible by gifts to the UK LGBTQ* Endowment Scholarship Fund. Initially created by Keisa Fallin-Bennett, associate professor of family and community medicine, and Amanda Fallin-Bennett, assistant professor of nursing — two generous alumnae devoted to empowering student success — this fund seeks to support students who are committed to completing a degree at the university. Additional funds are provided by the UK Feast on Equality program.

Multiple scholarships of up to $2,000 will be granted. Applications for the 2018-19 academic year will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, March 30. For additional information on these scholarships and to access the application packet, visit the LGBTQ* Resources website.

In addition to these scholarships, the Graduate School, the Center for Graduate and Professional Diversity Initiatives and the Office of LGBTQ* Resources will be awarding research grants to currently enrolled full-time graduate and professional students. These one-time grants will be awarded to full-time graduate and professional students to support research and/or professional development related to sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and/or intersectional approaches to identity.

The goal of the UK Graduate and Professional Student LGBTQ* Research Grants is to support and promote LGBTQ* scholarship that advances knowledge and fosters an inclusive University of Kentucky community. These awards are made possible by a collaboration between UK's Graduate School and Office of LGBTQ* Resources. Three $1,000 awards will be granted for the 2018-19 academic year.

Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, March 30. For additional information on these research grants and to access the application packet visit the LGBTQ* Resources website.

The office is also currently accepting applications for 2018-2019 undergraduate internships. These internships allow students to spend a year engaged in leadership development and peer support opportunities through LGBTQ* Resources.

Interns commit eight hours per week to supporting office initiatives and receive a $2,200 stipend. Additionally, interns receive time and funding to execute a unique project of their own design focused on providing positive growth for LGBTQ* communities at UK and/or in Central Kentucky. For more information and to apply for these internships, click here. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, March 30.