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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 LGBTQ+ Student Scholarship Fund to assist qualified LGBTQ+ undergraduate students of Notre Dame and St. Mary’s College.  Through September – 2019, ten scholarships have been awarded. The goal is to increase that to a minimum of four scholarships each year.  To read about the students already helped, go to LGBTQ+ Student Scholarship Recipients.

The students this scholarship supports are the new generation of Notre Dame and St Mary’s Alumni. Even with the changing times, LGBTQ+ students still face significant challenges that their straight peers may not.

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 ‘19/’20 is ~$75,000) 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.

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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 fundraising of events.  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, just scroll down.  For other giving opportunities, including donating via check or estate and legacy planning, go to Other ways to give.

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.

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