Campus Scene: Windmeyer nets award, scholarship apps

Windmeyer receives national award

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Campus Pride Executive Director and Founder Shane Windmeyer received the 2015 Excellence in Education award from the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) at their conference opening session on Oct. 1.

Windmeyer was selected for the honor as a result of his leadership and pioneering efforts with Campus Pride through its LGBT student outreach in the college admissions process.

“It is an honor for Campus Pride to be honored by an association like NACAC,” said Windmeyer in his acceptance speech. In speaking to the NACAC professionals on the subject of asking optional LGBT identity questions on college admission forms, he shared: “It doesn’t just get better, we have to do better, we have to ask the important questions.

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“I am humbled by this award,” said Windmeyer. “I have always been committed to improving college and university campuses for LGBTQ students, and I am thrilled to see larger, non-LGBTQ higher education organizations like NACAC recognizing and acknowledging the importance of these efforts. It shows that LGBTQ students do matter, our work matters.”

The award is given out on behalf of the NACAC board to those who have demonstrated a commitment to policies that strengthen access to colleges and universities for underrepresented groups. This award is the highest award the NACAC can give to a non-member.

info: nacacnet.org. campuspride.org.

Scholarship apps available

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The Point Foundation is currently accepting scholarship applications from LGBT students who are seeking financial assistance for the undergraduate or graduate school education programs.

Those who are enrolled for the 2016-17 academic year are eligible for Point’s multi-year scholarships.

Applications are due by Nov. 1 and are available online.

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Students may submit Part I of the application until 11:59 p.m. PST Jan. 19, 2016. Qualified applicants will be invited to submit Part II of the application from Nov. 2, 2015, until 11:59 p.m. PST Feb. 1, 2016.

Jorge Valencia, executive director and CEO of Point Foundation said, “Many of our scholarship applicants face rejection from peers, communities and their own families. But they face this rejection head on, often seeing college as their ticket to a better life. Point helps make educational opportunities available to these young people who are striving to improve their lives and also make a positive impact on society.”

info/application: pointfoundation.org/apply.

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