Proud Scholars Launches Fundraising to Establish LGBT Scholarships

Clubs and Organizations

October 20, 2015

From: Proud Scholars

Proud Scholars announced the launch of fundraising efforts to create a new scholarship foundation for students in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT), or who are supported by LGBT parents.

"My primary objective as the founder of Proud Scholars is to remove the uncertainty LGBT students can experience when they're preparing to take the step from high school to college, and then from college to career," says Noah Kling, Executive Director. "Educational facilities today do offer resources, but often lack the ability to provide personal attention. We want to enable LGBT youth to become leaders in the community and in business, so if college is part of their path, we can help."

The immediate goal for Proud Scholars is to build a scholarship fund, with a long-term goal of reaching $1 million in ten years or less. A variety of scholarships will be offered, with factors such as grade point average and community involvement also considered as a part of eligibility. Additionally, Proud Scholars will provide support services for students, such as mentoring with local business leaders, internships within the community, and leadership development opportunities.

The launch event on November 19, 2015 will provide the opportunity for local parents and guardians of LGBT students, community leaders, and representatives of organizations that share Proud Scholars' goals to meet and learn about this new program. The launch party begins at 6:00 PM and will be held at Below Zero Lounge, 1112 Walnut Street, in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati. Mr. Kling and other board members will be present to talk about Proud Scholars, and the event will also include the premier of their first fundraising video. Donations will be accepted, and those interested in volunteering for the board or at future events are encouraged to attend.

Proud Scholars is in the process of applying for 501(c)(3) status and has received a tax exemption number. It will be registered as a non-profit organization in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky.

For additional information, please contact Noah Kling, Proud Scholars Executive Director, at or 503-750-8936.