LGBTQA Scholarship and Awards

Lavender Graduation and the Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contributions to the GLBT Community Program and Reception.

April 21, 2016
Nebraska Union Colonial Room
5:00 - 7:00 PM

Participation forms for Lavender Graduation are due April 5, 2016. 
Crompton Scholarship Applications and Nominations for the Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contributions to the GLBT Community are due April 4th, 2016. The Louis Crompton Scholarship Recipient is recognized at the event.

To Apply for Lavendar Graduation CLICK HERE

To Apply for the Louis Crompton Scholarship CLICK HERE

Nominations for the Chancellor's Award are due March 18, 2016

Louis Crompton Scholarship

Louis Crompton Photo

"A Pioneer of grace, social justice, and inclusion."

The Louis Crompton Scholarship, created in 2009, is worth $1,000 ($500 per semester) and is to be given to a student who is enrolled in the LGBTQ/Sexuality Studies minor,  a member of Spectrum (or another LGBTQA Registered Student Organization), and/or a student staff and/or volunteer at the LGBTQA+ Resource Center at UNL.

The student must be attending UNL during the academic year that the scholarship is provided, must maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average, and carry a minimum of 12 credit hours. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need as defined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Selection will be based on integrity and honesty, support and inclusion of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Asexual, and Ally community, and participation in LGBTQA community activities (e.g., Spectrum member, volunteer at the LGBTQA+ Resource Center at UNL, or enrolled in the LGBTQ/Sexuality Studies minor).

Louis Crompton was an extraordinary pioneer of gay studies and an international scholar of nineteenth-century British literature. Born in Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada on April 5, 1925 to Clarence Crompton, Master Mariner, and Mabel Crompton, Dr. Crompton demonstrated excellence throughout his life. After graduating from the University of Toronto with a M.A. in mathematics (1948) and from the University of Chicago with a Ph.D. in English (1954), Dr. Crompton began his long career to become an incredible scholar and an honored professor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln community. His awards include the Frank H. Woods Foundation Fellowship, the Phi Beta Kappa Christian Gauss Award for Literary Criticism for 1969 (for his book,Shaw the Dramatist), the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to the GLBT Community in 2003, the Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity in 1986, and the Bonnie Zimmerman and Vern L. Bullough prize of the Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality award for 2003 (for his book,Homosexuality and Civilization that covers 2500 years of world history). He is survived by his beloved husband, Luis Diaz-Perdomo, also a former faculty member at UNL who also served many years with Counseling and Psychological Services at UNL, facilitated the Gay Men’s Discussion Group, and was a member of the Committee on GLBT Concerns along with Lou.

Crompton became an inspiring figure at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 1970, he started the second gay studies course in the nation at UNL (Pro-seminar in Homophile Studies), which became a heated debated topic for Nebraska’s elections that year (a bill was introduced that year to ban the teaching of homosexuality at any state college, but it failed). He also became the faculty advisor for the Gay Action Group which would become the Gay/Lesbian Student Association, Spectrum, the Queer Student Alliance, the Queer Ally Coalition, and is currently known as Spectrum UNL. Crompton also was a figure in founding the UNL Homophobia Awareness Committee which would become the Committee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns, a committee that seeks to provide inclusion and a safe environment for the LGBTQ community at UNL. Louis Crompton also co-founded the Gay and Lesbian Caucus of the Modern Language Association in 1974.

The purpose of this scholarship is to honor a true hero in gay rights and leader in academics and to inspire change and inclusion for students interested in and working toward a more inclusive, welcoming and socially just environment for the LGBTQA+ community.

Louis Crompton spent much of his career working for social justice and inclusion for students, staff and faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and to educate others to inspire this type of environment. These are characteristics that indicate an honorable citizen and wonderful human being and we want to support and encourage others who similarly want to contribute to the LGBTQA+ community.  This scholarship is in honor of his compassion, grace, scholarship and nobility, and we are honored and grateful to be able to provide this scholarship in his memory.

The Louis Crompton Scholarship was initiated by Ryan Fette and Fred Schneider with assistance and support from Pat Tetreault and the University of Nebraska Foundation.  Established in 2009, the scholarship is now endowed (as of 2013 and increased from $500. to $1,000.) and is a permanent scholarship.  Each year, applications will be accepted and a qualified recipient will be awarded $1,000 ($500 each semester to be credited toward the student’s tuition and fees).

The first scholarship recipient, Jason Lucht, was selected in January 2010 (for a related article visit:  

To download The Louis Crompton Scholarship form, CLICK HERE

Louis Crompton Scholarship Recipients:

Spring 2010        Jason Lucht

Fall 2010            Chelsea Chappel

Fall 2011            Michael Booton

Fall 2012           Annie Pigaga

Fall 2013          Anthony Moran

Fall 2014         Dylan "Dizzy" Roberson

Contributions to the Louis Crompton Scholarship Fund may be made at Gifts made payable to the University of Nebraska Foundation may also be sent to: Louis Crompton Scholarship Fund, University of Nebraska Foundation, 1010 Lincoln Mall Ste 300, Lincoln NE 68508. For more information contact  Jennifer Katz, 800.432.3216 or

Lavender Graduation and Advocate Appreciation

Are you graduating in May, August or December during the current year from a UNL undergraduate or graduate program?
If so, join us to celebrate your success at the annual Lavender Graduation!

Lavender Graduation is a special graduation ceremony that honors the achievements of graduating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, asexual and ally students on campus. Lavender Graduation is hosted by the LGBTQA+ Resource Center, the Committee on GLBT Concerns, and the Chancellor's Office. The Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contributions to the GLBT Community and the Louis Crompton Scholarship recipient are also recognized. Our goal is to provide a time to recognize success in our community. The Lavender Graduation Ceremony includes:

  • Positive messages from UNL faculty, staff, administrators, students, and alumni;
  • The opportunity to celebrate your success and to receive a rainbow tassel and a Lavender Graduation certificate signed by the Chancellor; and
  • Music and refreshments to share with friends, family and well-wishers!
All members of the UNL community, your friends and family are invited!

Are you graduating and interested in walking the Lavender stage? Complete the online form and we will contact you with additional information about the event. You can also print and complete a paper copy of the form and return it to:  LGBTQA+ Resource Center, 346 Nebraska Union (0453).

Advocate Appreciation: Is there a UNL faculty or staff member that you would like to have acknowledged at the ceremony as an advocate – someone who was proactive in providing support and/or guidance to you as an LGBTQA+ student;  someone who made a significant impact on your academic achievement?  If yes, please complete the section inside the Lavender Graduation Participation Form (for up to 3 people).  We will invite each person to the reception and acknowledge their contribution with a certificate.

Lavender Graduation and Advocate Apreciation Form

Do you want to show your support even though you are not graduating?
Attend the event, and bring your friends!

Do you know a graduating student who would be interested in participating in Lavender Graduation?
Help us spread the word by sending this webpage to friends. And join our Facebook page, and invite your friends to do the same!