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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 LGBT Student Scholarship Fund to assist qualified LGBT undergraduate students of Notre Dame and St. Mary’s College.  Through April – 2018, eight 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 LGBT 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, LGBT 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 ‘18/’19 is $72,000) 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 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, 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.

Once you have completed your donation ask your employer for a matching contribution & double your donation! 

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