2017 — Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarship Awards

The Welcoming Project will award a $500 scholarship to one undergraduate student and a $500 scholarship to one graduate student who provide outstanding contributions to LGBTQ activism. In the past, we have received applications from LGBTQ activist students at universities in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Russia (St. Petersburg). We are impressed with the caliber of students across the United States who are dedicated to LGBTQ activism and proud to offer these scholarships to support their work.

Applicants must be enrolled in degree-granting institutions in August 2017 and provide an outstanding contribution to LGBTQ activism. The award winners will be announced at our anniversary celebration in spring 2017.

2017 Scholarship Applications

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Application Deadline: March 1, 2017

Special thanks to Laura Adams,
who inspired the creation
of The Welcoming Project
Annual Scholarship Award.


2016 Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarship Awards

Undergraduate: Kathryn DelGenio
Sociology (Major)
Women's and Gender Studies (Minor)
Augusta University

2016 Undergrad
At Augusta University, Kathryn supports the LGBTQ+ community through her leadership and service in the University Safe Zone Program and Lambda Alliance. She first became actively involved in Lambda Alliance when she helped mobilize a collective response to homophobic sidewalk messages on her campus. Since then, she has organized a “Take Back the Sidewalks” rally, drafted changes for the student legislation, organized discussion panels about homophobia and mental health in the LGBTQ+ community, and dedicated her studies to LGBTQ+ issues. She has also taken her activism to a global scale in St. Petersburg and Toronto at the World Pride Human Rights Conference. Through her efforts, Kathryn has made her own university a more welcoming place for LGBTQ+ people and she continues to work tirelessly in her endeavors to support the global LGBTQ+ community.

Graduate: Angela Perone
Sociology/Social Work
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

2016 Grad
Angie Perone has a diverse career in LGBTQ activism. As an undergraduate student, she advocated for transgender student housing. As a law student, she volunteered helping low-income LGBTQ persons. As a lawyer, she worked as a nonprofit public interest attorney advocating for LGBTQ persons through marriage equality, parental custody, and employment discrimination cases. She created one of the first transgender-specific elder law clinics while serving as a staff attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, she served on the San Francisco Human Rights Commission’s LGBTQ Advisory Committee, and she also wrote legislation, policy briefs, and FAQs about employment, family, and healthcare rights for LGBTQ persons. In addition to her pursuit of a Ph.D. in social work and sociology at the University of Michigan, she currently serves on Michigan State’s Advisory Council on Aging where she shapes policy in ways that benefit LGBTQ persons and she is also the Director of SAGE Metro Detroit which focuses on services and advocacy for LGBTQ older adults. Her commitment to building bridges among LGBTQ communities and allies demonstrates her dedication to improve social, economic, and political conditions for LGBTQ persons.

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