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 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 LGBTQ+ Student Scholarship Recipients.
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.
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.
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