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Establishment of Scholarships for STEM Students who happen to be LGBT, is the first in the nation.


Pasadena, CA -- Columbus, Ohio -- Battelle and National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals Establish Scholarship.

COLUMBUS, Ohio 03-10-11 -- Battelle, the largest research and development company in the United States, and the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP) announced today funding of the Battelle/NOGLSTP Out To Innovate Scholarships.

The Scholarships were established following NOGLSTP's inaugural Out to Innovate Career Summit (www.outtoinnovate.org), with lead funding support from Battelle. The new scholarships are intended for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) programs who are either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) or an active ally of the LGBT community. These scholarships are designed to promote academic excellence and increased visibility of talented LGBT students in STEM careers.

The scholarships, funded at a minimum of $5,000 each, will be awarded for the Fall, 2011 academic year. Students currently enrolled at any U.S.-based college or university are eligible to apply.

Student applicants must meet the following criteria:

· Successful completion of a minimum of two years of post-high school education at an accredited college or university.

· Maintenance of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for the entirety of college/university enrollment.

· A declared major in an accredited STEM or STEM-related teaching field.

· Be an active supporter of and participant in programs or organizations that promote LGBT inclusion and visibility.

Online scholarship applications will be available through the NOGLSTP website (www.noglstp.org) on April 1. Applications must be submitted with supporting documentation no later than June 3. Scholarship recipients will be notified on August 1.

The diverse work force at Battelle is supported through internal organizations such as Prism, the LGBT employee resource group, founded in 2008. Prism strives to make Battelle a more inclusive workplace, fostering a safe, supportive, and welcoming environment for all employees regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

About Battelle
As the world's largest, independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world's most pressing needs through its four global businesses: Laboratory Management; National Security; Health and Life Sciences; and Energy, Environment and Material Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $6.5 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including seven national laboratories which Battelle manages or co-manages for the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and a nuclear energy lab in the United Kingdom.

Battelle also is one of the nation's leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

For more information contact Katy Delaney at (614) 424-7208 or delaneyk@battelle.org, or T.R. Massey at (614) 424-5544 or masseytr@battelle.org.

NOGLSTP was established in 1980, incorporated in the State of California in 1991, and was granted IRS 501 (c) 3 non-profit status in 1992. NOGLSTP's mission is to educate the scientific and general communities about the presence and accomplishments of LGBT individuals in STEM professions. NOGLSTP presents educational symposia and workshops nationwide. NOGLSTP fosters dialog with other professional societies, academia, and industry to facilitate diversity and inclusion in the workplace. NOGLSTP is an affiliate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is a participating professional society member of MentorNet®, a sustaining member of the National Postdoctoral Association, a member of the Gay and Lesbian Leadership Institute Presidential Advisory Project's Coalition and a founding member of the E-Week Diversity Council.

For more information, visit the website at www.noglstp.org or contact: Rochelle Diamond, Chair, at chair@noglstp.org, or Amy A. Ross, Ph.D,.Program Coordinator. at rossa@caltech.edu.

Contact:: Rochelle Diamond NOGLSTP Phone: (626)484.7022 P.O. Box 91803 Pasadena, CA 91109 www.noglstp.org


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