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Major Milestone for LEAGUE Foundation as it awards 100th College Scholarship

LEAGUE Foundation
Charles Eader
Executive Director
1 AT&T Way
Room 4B214J
Bedminster, NJ 07921
(908) 234-7484

August 20, 2012, Bedminster, NJ -- LEAGUE Foundation awards 7 new college scholarships for 2012.

LEAGUE Foundation marked a major milestone this week when it awarded its 100th college scholarship since its inception in 1996; seven graduating high school students received a 2012 award this year. Through its tenure as the nation’s oldest Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender scholarship program, awards have been given to students attending 79 different institutions in 30 different states.

Through the years, LEAGUE Foundation has received applications from students in all 50 states. John Klenert, LEAGUE Foundation President had this to say, "Our scholarship recipients and indeed all our applicants prove that the future of our GLBT community will be in very good hands when these young adults take their places in leadership positions. We salute all of them!"

"Every student has the right and the potential to excel. The LEAGUE Foundation provides financial resources for America's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender youth to attend institutions of higher learning to meet this mission."

Key selection criteria for these students include: identification as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender; achievement of a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; actively and substantially involved in community service; and acceptance to an accredited college or university.

Executive Director, Charles Eader said, "As more and more young people throughout the U.S. are becoming aware of LEAGUE Foundation's scholarship program, our selection committee has a harder task of narrowing the increasing selection pool to the 7 award winners – as was the case this year. Each and every applicant should be congratulated for their courage to be an 'out' and visible member of the GLBT community at such a young age."

This year's Matthew Shepard Memorial Scholarship, (name used with permission of the Shepard family), named for the Wyoming college student murdered in 1998 for his sexual orientation, was awarded in the amount of $2,500 to Richard Frische of Mesa, AZ.. Mr. Frische will be attending Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ.

The Laurel Hester Memorial Scholarship, named after the Ocean County, NJ Police Lieutenant who successfully battled county freeholders for the right to leave her pension and other benefits to her surviving domestic partner, was awarded in the amount of $2,500 to John Otto, III of Haddonfield, NJ.. Mr. Otto will be attending the University of Chicago in Chicago, IL.

Five additional scholarships in the amount of $1,500 each were awarded to:

Zachary Keith Johnson of Siler City, NC (University of NC at Greensboro)

Sara McAtee of Greenwood, IN (Oberlin College and Conservatory, OH)

Emilie Palmer of Brookline, MA (Smith College in Northampton, MA)

Maximillian Staebler of Bradenton, Fl (Duke University, Durham, NC)

Amy Vallis of Washington, DC (Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA)

Congratulations to these deserving individuals.

Contributions to the LEAGUE Foundation scholarship programs can be made through the website: www.LEAGUEFoundation.org. Hotline: 703-691-5734. As a 501(c)3 contributions to LEAGUE Foundation may be tax deductible.


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