Dupuis scholarship to honor WIU recipient involved with LGBTQ community


MACOMB, Illinois (NEWS3) — Western Illinois University 2021 Martin Dupuis Fund leadership award in the LGBTQ community completed its application process this week. 

The $1,400 award recognizes a student who has provided leadership either for a LGBTQ group and/or in regards to LGBTQ issues.

“It was established as a scholarship that awards LGBTQ leadership. It is not an academic merit scholarship at all, it is all about leadership,” said Merrill Cole, advisor for the interdisciplinary minor in queer studies. “It is not limited to people in the community. It is also open to allies that have done good work.” 

Applicants who met the leadership criteria for the Martin Dupuis Scholarship are undergraduate students who plan to return to Western Illinois University for the 2021-2022 academic year. The recipient of the award will be selected by the University Committee on Sexual Orientation Gender Identity and Expression.

“I’m passionate about this because I think WIU is a place that embraces diversity and this is one aspect of our rich diverse students here on campus,” said Barbara Lawthorn, secretary of the University Committee on SOGIE. 

Applications, which were available in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access, Sherman Hall 312, or online. 

For more information, contact Tami McCoy at TK-McCoy@wiu.edu or 309-298-1977.

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