Scholarships, Internships and Awards

All applications require recommendation(s). Students, direct your recommenders to access the link below.
Awards are not given on a recurring basis. An additional application cycle will open for the Undergraduate Internships Mid-July until Mid-August for new federal work-study awardees.

Recommendations

References and recommendations for award and opportunity applications will be submitted online for the application cycle, March 1 - 31st, annually. All opportunities and awards require at least one recommendation form. An individual recommendation must be submitted per student you are providing a reference. If a student  is apply for multiple opportunities, for example a scholarship and grant or scholarship and internship, one form can be applied to all the opportunities the student has asked the individual to recommend them for. Access the Recommendation Form directly with this link here. One reference per applicant must be a UK employee. Contact the office with any questions, lgbtq@uky.edu or call (859)-218-4816.

 

Internships

LGBTQ* Resources Undergraduate Education Internship Application (Formerly known as 'Programming Internship')

The undergraduate student programming internship opportunity is a formalized way for students to connect with the Office of LGBTQ* Resources, develop leadership and programming skills, create diverse campus connections, and explore issues related to gender and sexual orientation advocacy that impact campus belonging and inclusivity. Applicants must be fulltime undergraduate students at the University of Kentucky for the entirety of the academic year and must have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Interns will be expected to maintain a consistent 8 hour per week work schedule in the office during the regular academic terms. The internship will officially begin the Monday after move-in and end on the Friday of finals week; internship hours are not expected during University holidays and breaks. The internship can carry academic credit and is paid either through Federal Work-study or stipend for the academic year. 

Access the application online here. Applicants should direct recommenders to the information on this page. Interviews will be conducted in April. For more information, email LGBTQ@UKY.EDU.

Internship Application Requirements

  • Contact information
  • 2 references (information for references above)
  • Essay
  • Resume
  • Program/Project proposal

 

Office of LGBTQ* Resources Outreach Intern (Formerly Known As Adminstrative Internship)

Interns in this position serve as Office of LGBTQ* Resources staff member who assists with general office duties including promotion, preparation and execution of office programs, events and workshops. In addition to participating in regular staff meetings, retreats and training. This position is only open to students who are eligible for Federal Work Study. Current students must have a 2.5 GPA or higher to be elligible.

Access the application online here. The application for this internship is open first during the March award application cycle, then again during the summer (July to the first Friday of the academic year) for new work-study awardees, including incoming students. Applicants should direct recommenders to the information on this page. 

Internship Application Requirements

  • Contact information
  • 2 references (information for references above)
  • Resume
  • Essay

 

Scholarships

David Mudry Memorial Scholarship
David Mudry was an alumni of the University of Kentucky. In life, David was an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ* people. He was an aspiring drag queen, huge Nintendo fan, and lover of all animals (especially dogs). He always found ways to lift up others, even in their lowest moments. He was the kindest, most supportive, and most loving person you could ever meet! His presence is sorely missed in the lives of those he loved and those who loved him. It is fitting to carry on his legacy, to honor his life, and to remember him by lending his name to this scholarship for young members of the LGBTQ* community at the University of Kentucky. While a student at UK, David worked at the University Bookstore. This experience showed him, up close, that many students struggled to pay for their books and course materials. He always went out of his way to help those students. This scholarship is intended to help fill that, and other, student needs. One $500 scholarship will be awarded.

Access the online application here, Applicants should direct recommenders to the information on this page. Applications are accepted March 1st - 31st annually for the upcoming academic year.

Scholarship Application Components:

  • Applicant contact information
  • Statement of financial need, particularly related to books and other course materials
  • 1 Reference (information for references above)

 

Tuesday Meadows Endowed Scholarship
Tuesday Meadows, University of Kentucky alumna and Kentucky native, grew up with five siblings in her Louisville, Kentucky, family. Meadows, who earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from UK in 1977, is still actively involved with the university community and the Office of LGBTQ* Resources.  A video interview with Meadows can be seen as part of the OutSouth Oral History Project in the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in UK Libraries in conjunction with UK LGBTQ* Resources. One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded.

Access the online application here. Applicants should direct recommenders to the information on this page. Applications are accepted March 1st - 31st annually for the upcoming academic year.

Scholarship Application Components:

  • Contact Information
  • Essay
  • Statement of Financial Need
  • 1 Reference (information for references above)

 

UK Office of LGBTQ* Resources Scholarships
The University of Kentucky Office of LGBTQ* Resources, a part of the Office of the Vice President for Institutional Diversity, announces its second annual cycle of scholarships available to currently enrolled full-time students. These awards will be made to help defray the cost of tuition, room and board, books, education abroad, and other expenses related to the recipient’s academic pursuits at the university. These awards are made possible by gifts to the UK LGBTQ* Endowment Scholarship Fund. Initially created by Drs. Keisa and Amanda Fallin-Bennett—two generous alums devoted to empowering student success—this fund seeks to support Wildcats who are committed to completing a degree at the university. Additional funds are provided by the UK Feast on Equality program

Multiple awards of up to $2,000 will be granted. Applications are accepted March 1st - 31st annually for the upcoming academic year. Access the online application here. Applicants should direct recommenders to the information on this page. For more information, email LGBTQ@UKY.EDU.

Endowed Scholarship Application Requirements:

  • Demographic Information
  • 2 references (information for references above)
  • Essay
  • Statement of Financial Need

 

Grants

Graduate and Professional Student LGBTQ* Research Grants

The University of Kentucky’s Graduate School and Office of LGBTQ* Resources announces its annual cycle of graduate research grants to currently enrolled full time graduate and professional students. These one-time grants will be awarded to fulltime graduate and professional students to support research and/or professional development related to sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and/or intersectional approaches to identity. The goal of the UK Graduate and Professional Student LGBTQ* Research Grants is to support and promote LGBTQ* scholarship that advances knowledge and fosters an inclusive University of Kentucky community. These awards are made possible by a collaboration between the University of Kentucky’s Graduate School and Office of LGBTQ* Resources.

Multiple awards up to $1,000 will be granted. These awards will be made to help defray the cost of tuition, room and board, books, education abroad, and other expenses related to the recipient’s academic pursuits at the university. Applications are accepted March 1st - 31st annually for the upcoming academic year.  Access the online application here. Applicants should direct recommenders to the information on this page.  For more information, email LGBTQ@UKY.EDU.

Grant Application Requirements:

  • Demographic Information
  • 1 reference (information for references above)
  • Resume/CV
  • Research summary and description
  • Research Budget

 

LGBTQ* Resources Endowed Scholarship Recipients

2016-2017 Recipients

College of Engineering, Undergraduate from Georgia
College of Communication and Information, Undergraduate from Grant County, Kentucky

2017-2018 Recipients

College of Engineering, Undergraduate from Georgia
College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate from Ohio
College of Agriculture, Undergraduate from Georgia
College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate from Fayette County, Kentucky
College of Business and Economics, Undergraduate from Harlan County, Kentucky

2018-2019 Recipients

College of Education, Undergraduate from Kentucky
College of Education, Undergraduate from Ohio
College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate from Kentucky 
College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate from Texas
College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate from New York
College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate from Michigan 
College of Business and Economics, Undergraduate from Kentucky 
College of Pharmacy, Undergraduate from Illinois 
College of Pharmacy, Undergraduate from Florida
College of Fine Arts, Undergraduate from Malaysia 

Graduate and Professional Student LGBTQ* Research Grants
Given through a partnership with LGBTQ* Resources and the Graduate School

2017-2018 Recipients

Marc Guest, PhD Student in Gerontology, College of Public Health
Project Funded: “A Needs Assessment of Kentucky’s Older LGBTQ* Populations: Identifying Community Strengths and Opportunities”

Sophonie Bazile, PhD Student in Geography, College of Arts and Sciences
Project Funded: “Queer Haitian Women in the Rural South”

Holly Brown, PhD Student in Counseling Psychology, College of Education
Project Funded: “Gatekeeping Systems for Transgender Healthcare”

2018-2019 Recipients

Mikaela Feroli, PhD Student in Gender and Women's Studies, College of Arts and Sciences 
Project Funded: “Experiences of Parents who Identify as Transgender" 

Kyle Simon, PhD Student in Developmental Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
Project Funded: “How to Talk to Your Child about Sexual Identity" 

Zakary Clements, Ph.D. Student in Counseling Psychology, College of Education 
Project Funded: “Cultivating Positive Identity Development through Strengths-based Narratives from Transgender Individuals in Kentucky"