The OU LGBTQ Alumni Society connects the University of Oklahoma’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender alumni to OU and one another while providing scholarships, internships and personal and professional development to current LGBTQ students.
Our scholarship program grants awards of up to $5,000 in stipends and tuition waivers each year to talented OU student leaders who are making a difference for LGBT equality. In just four years, the LGBT Alumni Society has built one of the largest endowed alumni club scholarship funds at the University of Oklahoma.
Learn about our prior recipients:
Morgan Benjamin, 2016
“At Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the world’s first and leading HIV/AIDS organization, I was a Public Affairs and Policy intern. My tasks included helping the PA department with legislation and funding, at all government levels, that impacted those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. Additionally, I assisted with all tasks that the staff and organization needed; such as, planning for large fundraisers, creating press releases, and even orchestrating a protest on the FDA’s discriminatory blood ban in the wake of the Orlando Massacre on the steps of NY City Hall. … In short, living in NYC and interning in politics and LGBTQ+ issues was easily the most amazing, growing, rewarding, and equally challenging, summer of my life. … By rewarding me the OU LGBT Alumni Society Scholarship, you all have lightened my financial burden which allowed me to focus on my online summer classes and my work in public service and LGBTQ+ advocacy. Your generosity and support has inspired me to help others and give back to my community.”
Victoria Bergman, 2017
"I really enjoyed my time in the LGBTQ Department of Youth Services Tulsa. I started the summer helping them prepare for Tulsa Pride, including assisting the youth to decorate a float and paint shields with their schools’ names on them to carry in the parade. Overall, we helped about 150 LGBTQ youth get to the parade in downtown Tulsa and march. … We hosted programs such as a weekly group for LGBTQ youth in the area to meet up and talk about various issues that they found relevant to them. We talked about queer representation in the media, how to advocate for yourself effectively, mental health, etc. I honestly learned a lot from the youth. It’s really so inspiring to hear their thoughts on issues in our community, and I was taken aback by just how passionate and smart they were about these issues. Overall, my time at Youth Services really encouraged me to keep advocating for the queer community, and especially younger LGBTQ people. … I am incredibly grateful for the support of the OU LGBT Alumni Society in helping me to live and work in Tulsa over the summer. … the entire experience has been so vital to my growth as an advocate for the LGBTQ community!””
Paula Sophia Schonauer, 2016
“One of the most exciting things to happen to me was the opportunity to do an internship with the National Center for Transgender Equality in Washington D.C. I would have never applied for this internship had I not won the OU LGBT Alumni Society scholarship. … The best takeaway from my summer in Washington D.C. is having the experience of seeing a nationally prominent organization in action. I am impressed with the NCTE and their devotion to the movement for transgender equality. They are passionate advocates who work long hours to develop education programs about transgender lives. They engage policy issues head-on with intelligence backed by thorough research, and they carefully develop messaging that addresses the concerns of transgender people nationwide. During policy meetings I saw people disagreeing on key issues from time to time, but they displayed the stamina to continue the debate and come up with a resolution. … I am thankful for the support and encouragement of the LGBT Alumni Society. Without you I would not have stretched my horizons beyond Oklahoma. I would not have had the opportunity to live in and work in a dynamic city like Washington D.C.”