At a December ceremony involving LGBTQ students, staff, and faculty and their supporters, CUNY’s Baruch College announced the establishment of the Matthew Shepard Scholarship, named after the openly gay student at the University of Wyoming, whose brutal murder brought homophobic hate crimes to national attention last year.
The scholarship, in the amount of $500, is to be awarded annually to an enrolled Baruch College student who has contributed significantly to an enlightened awareness of gay and lesbian issues within the Baruch academic community and the business community it serves. Nominations for the award are welcomed from Baruch students, faculty and staff and should contain a statement outlining the candidate’s contribution and commitment to tolerance and diversity. Selection will be made by the Faculty Advisor of GALA (Baruch’s on-campus gay and lesbian student organization) in consultation with the Dean of Students and the Director of Financial Aid Services.
As of December 15th, the scholarship had collected over $4,000 in contributions; Baruch is still receiving donations.