Mar 30, 2011    #053
Contact: John Austin

UMKC establishes endowment to create LGBTQIA scholarship

Scholarship will recognize students whose efforts have helped advance equality and respect

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) has announced the creation of an endowment to fund the creation of the university's first LGBTQIA Scholarship. The purpose of the scholarship is to recognize and promote the tremendous impact that the dedication and service of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and ally (LGBTQIA) students have on our communities.

The endowment fund will be used to provide scholarships to LGBTQIA students who are full-time students and currently enrolled in any degree undergraduate program at UMKC, who maintain a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA, and who demonstrate support of the LGBTQI community, either on-campus or off-campus, through significant support, engagement, and/or volunteering. Recipients of this scholarship will be eligible to reapply for consideration for this scholarship from year to year.

Established with the support of UMKC alumnus Paolo Andino, star of Logo network's Big Gay Sketch Show, this scholarship will recognize UMKC students whose efforts have helped advance LGBTQIA equality and respect in their schools and communities. "Through this scholarship we highlight what one person's efforts in LGBTQIA can achieve, and also recognize that through singular accomplishments, we can change the world," said Andino.

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

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