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Scholarship fund for LGBTQ+ students seeks applicants

AKRON, Ohio (March 26, 2019) – The GCEF Scholarship Fund of Akron Community Foundation is accepting scholarship applications from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied students who have positively impacted the LGBTQ+ community. 

Established by the Gay Community Endowment Fund, the GCEF Scholarship Fund awards postsecondary academic scholarships to LGBTQ+ and allied students who live or study in Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne counties. Priority is given to students who have participated in organizations or initiatives that make a positive difference in the LGBTQ+ community. 

Scholarship applications are due by Tuesday, April 30. A link to the online application and instructions for applying are available at scholarship.gaycommunityfund.org. Applicants must reapply annually by submitting a new application.

For more information about the GCEF Scholarship Fund, contact Dr. Patricia Rubin, scholarship chair, at 330-418-6431. Questions about the application process should be directed to Diane Schumaker, scholarships and grants administrator, at 330-436-5615 or dschumaker@akroncf.org.

About the GCEF Scholarship Fund
The Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation established the GCEF Scholarship Fund in 2012 to provide scholarships for LGBTQ+ and allied students who live or attend school in the geographic area served by the fund, including Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne counties. To date, the fund has awarded $16,600 in scholarships to students across Greater Akron. For more information about the scholarship fund, including eligibility and renewal requirements, visit scholarship.gaycommunityfund.org

About the Gay Community Endowment Fund
Founded in 2001, the Gay Community Endowment Fund is a permanent philanthropic endowment of Akron Community Foundation. The fund advances a lived equality for all LGBTQ+ people in Greater Akron by investing in strategic and responsive grantmaking that empowers the LGBTQ+ community and its allies. Since its inception, the fund has grown to almost $1.3 million while reinvesting nearly $530,000 into the community. Contributions of any amount are welcome and support future grantmaking. Donations may also be designated for the GCEF Scholarship Fund. Checks should be sent to the Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation, 345 W. Cedar St., Akron, OH 44307-2407. For more information, or to contribute, call 330-376-8522 or visit www.gaycommunityfund.org.