In the spring of 2015, The Gay and Lesbian Alumni/ae of Notre Dame and St. Mary’s College (GALA-ND/SMC) created The GALA ND/SMC LGBT Student Scholarship Fund to assist qualified LGBT undergraduate students of Notre Dame and St. Mary’s College. To date, two scholarships have been awarded in both the 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 academic years. The long term goal is to increase that to a minimum of four scholarships each year. To read about the students already helped, go to LGBT Student Scholarship Recipients.
The students this scholarship supports are the new generation of Notre Dame and St Mary’s grads. Even with the changing times, LGBT students still face significant challenges that their straight peers may not. See four LGBT students tell their story of life on campus. LGBT Student Video
The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance and support to full-time undergraduate students who identifies within the LGBTQ community. The hope is that this scholarship will assist the recipients with reducing the financial costs incurred (estimated full cost of attending Notre Dame ‘15/’16 is $65,000) while pursuing their education as well as allow them to make a positive impact at Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College, and/or the South Bend community.
GALA has embarked on a capital program to ensure continued funding of the scholarships in the future. The fundraising goal of the program is $250,000 through 2020. To meet this goal, GALA is holding a series of events in larger metropolitan areas such as New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago. In addition, we will be performing outreach to alumni/ae to help continue supporting students attend our beloved alma mater.
Given the challenge of meeting this long-term capital goal, please consider giving one of the following options ($250, $500, $1000, $2,500, $5,000). To make an online donation, go to: On Line Donation Form. For other giving opportunities, including donating via check or estate and legacy planning, go to Make a Gift.
It is not necessary to be a member to make an online gift, however if you are a member please ensure that you are logged into the online member directory before making the gift so that the donation will be automatically associated with your membership record.
Whether you are a member or not, once your donation is processed, you will receive an acknowledgement email. All online donations are secured and processed by Paypal.
GALA-ND/SMC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. If a gift is not otherwise designated then it will be considered a general donation. If your gift is for the scholarship fund please indicate in the “comments” field on the donation form.