Should LGBTQ Students of Spelman Recieve Scholarships Because of Their Sexuality?

Published On July 25, 2017 | By patrice | The latest posts

Just this past week, HBCU powerhouse Spelman College made the announcement that they would be creating two scholarships in hopes of awarding their LGBTQ students for their hard work, academic excellence and dedication.

The Levi Watkins Jr. Scholars Program is planning to “call attention to the importance of making visible the courageous and significant work of LGBTQ scholar activists within and beyond the academy, especially at HBCUs,” Spelman Professor Beverly Guy-Sheftall said in a press release.

The scholarships will be renewable at the wage of $25K, with many recipients to be named this coming fall.

Additionally, the famous HBCU announced that it plans to begin a lecture series in which they examine topics such as issues of race, gender, and sexuality.

“[T]his gift will present new opportunities for critical conversation on race and sexuality with distinguished scholars and thought leaders, and provide a platform to recognize campus LGBTQ advocates and their scholarly achievements,” said Spelman President Mary Schmidt Campbell.

Beverly Guy-Sheftall, the founder of the Spelman Women’s Research and Resource Center, launched this particular lecture series in May and has since pledged $100K to its causes. The series will be inviting activists, community organizers and scholars alike to come to Atlanta and spark conversation on the issues that many young black LGBTQ students are forced to face today.

Watkins and Guy-Sheftall were cousins and he was also a member of the Women’s Research and Resource Center’s National Advisory Board from the time that it was established in 2008, up until his death in 2015.

Watkins was extremely instrumental in bringing in minority students to Johns Hopkins University during his time of study and many felt that this scholarship is much needed and they are also happy that the black community is finally embracing homosexuality, unlike in the past.

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