LGBTQA Scholarship and Awards

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

April 19, 2018
Wick Alumni Center
1520 R ST
5:00 - 7:00 PM

Participation forms for Lavender Graduation are due March 30, 2018 Forms will be accepted after that date but inclusion in the program is not guaranteed after April 3, 2018

Crompton/Diaz-Perdomo Scholarship Applications are due March 16, 2018.

Nominations for the Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contributions to the GLBT Community are due March 16, 2018.
The Crompton/Diaz-Perdomo Scholarship Recipient is recognized at the event.

To Apply for Lavender Graduation CLICK HERE

To Apply for the Crompton/Diaz-Perdomo Scholarship CLICK HERE

Crompton/Diaz-Perdomo Scholarship

Louis Crompton Photo

"Pioneers of grace, social justice, and inclusion."

The Louis Crompton/Luis Diaz-Perdomo Scholarship (formerly 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 $1,500) and is a permanent scholarship. Each year, applications will be accepted and a qualified recipient will be awarded $1,500 ($750 each semester to be credited toward the student’s tuition and fees).

The Crompton/Diaz-Perdomo Scholarship is to be given to a student who is enrolled in the LGBTQ/Sexuality Studies minor, a member of Spectrum UNL 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 LGBTQA+ community, and participation in UNL LGBTQA+ community activities.

The purpose of this scholarship is to honor true heroes in gay rights and leaders 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.

To download The Louis Crompton Scholarship form, CLICK HERE

Louis Crompton Scholarship Recipients:

2009 – 2010 Jason Lucht
2010-2011 Chelsea Chappel
2011-2012 Michael Booton
2012-2013 Annie Pigaga
2013-2014 Anthony Moran
2014-2015 Dylan "Dizzy" Roberson
2015-2016 Tanner Reckling
2016-2017 Sheanna (Shea) O’Brien
2017-2018 Tytus Zink

Contributions to the Louis Crompton/Luis Diaz-Perdomo 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, Call: 800.432.3216 or

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).

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. Crompton also co-founded the Gay and Lesbian Caucus of the Modern Language Association in 1974.

Crompton’s beloved husband of 40 years, Dr. Luis Diaz-Perdomo, was 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. In 2017, the name of the scholarship was changed to recognize Diaz-Perdomo alongside Crompton.

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.

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 LGBTQA+ 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 Appreciation 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!

The Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to the LGBTQA Community is to recognize outstanding efforts to create an inclusive, respectful, and safe climate for members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. These efforts may be by an individual, an organization or department within the institution. Previous nominees may be re-nominated. The award recipient must demonstrate a sustained and tangible impact on the campus community.

    Examples of such efforts might include:
  • advocating for GLBT individuals, groups, and issues in UNL campus settings
  • promoting the professional advancement of GLBT faculty and staff members, and encouraging and supporting the recognition of service contributions beyond those normally expected
  • committed to creating projects that promote greater awareness of GLBT issues, including actual and potential oppression, within the University
  • designing activities and programs that convey an active commitment to diversity and inclusion, personal safety and mutual respect for, and among, GLBT students, faculty, and staff

Click here for more information on the award, including how to nominate honorees!

Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to the LGBTQA Community Recipients:

2000 Vern Williams, Career Services
2001 Luis Diaz-Perdomo, University Health Center
2002 Pat Tetreault, University Health Center
Barbara DiBernard, English Department
2003 Louis Crompton, Emeritus, English
George E Wolf, Emeritus, English
Ryan Fette, Student Recipient
2004 English Department, College of Arts & Sciences
Robert D Brown,Emeritus, Educational Psycholog
James V. Griesen, Student Affairs
Linda Major, Student Involvement
Dan Franks, Student Recipient
2005 Joy S Ritchie, English
Kris Gandara, Student Recipient
2006 Debra Anne Hope, Psychology
Student Recipient: Spectrum/QSA Transition Team
2007 Janice Deeds, Student Involvement
Father Don Hanway, Retired Pastor, St. Mark’s on the Campus & CGLBTC
Allen Ratliff, Student Recipient
2008 Debbie Krahmer, University Libraries
Greg Gifford, Student Recipient
Amanda Garrett, Student Recipient
2009 Bill Waters, OASIS/the Culture Center
Heath Harding, Student Recipient
2010 James (Jim) Cole, Psychology
2011 Robin Whisman, Campus Recreation
Jason Lucht, Student Recipient
2012 Reverend Stephen Griffith
Emily Schlichting, Student Recipient
2013 J.B. Milliken, President of the University of Nebraska
Scott Schneider, Student Recipient
2014 Danny Ladely, Director of the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center
Annie Pigaga, Student Recipient
2015 Jonathan Frederick Walz, Curator at the Sheldon Museum of Art
Robert Lipscomb III and Grant Thomas, Student Recipients
2016 Melissa Peters, Assistant Director of Residence Life for Student Leadership and Diversity Initiatives
Austin Christensen, Student Recipient
2017 Dr. Stacey Waite, Department of English
Lauren Segal & Ignacio Correas, Student Recipients

John W. and Marjorie L. Hall Endowment Fund for Social Justice Education Internship & Application Form


John and Marjorie Hall with Katherine
John and Marjorie Hall with Katherine

John and Marjorie Hall had progressive social values that set them apart from many in Western Nebraska. As children from the Depression, they were unable to finish college. They raised a daughter, Katherine, who graduate from UNL in 1971 with a degree in Journalism. She went on to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Washington, and retired as a journal editor in the UW School of Public Health. She established this endowment to honor her parents and to further social justice in Nebraska.

John Hall
John Hall
Marjorie Hall
Marjorie Hall

The John W. and Marjorie L. Hall Endowment Fund for Social Justice Education will provide a stipend to matriculated University of Nebraska Lincoln students who intern at the LGBTQA+ Resource Center at UNL.The internship is anticipated to be 120-135 hours at $10.00 per hour. Internships may be during the fall, spring or summer. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply.

    Eligibility: To be eligible forconsideration, applicants:
  1. Are enrolled (undergraduate or graduate students) at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Students who may be completing their internship in the summer need not take classes during the summer if they will be enrolled during the upcoming fall semester.
  2. Commit to and are able to fulfill the requirements of the internship.
  3. Have an interest in learning about social justice and/or demonstrated a commitment to social justice education and human rights.
  4. Contributes to the work and mission of the LGBTQA+ Resource Center through the internship.

Completed Applications Due Dates:  Summer or Fall: March 1  Spring: November 1
Applications may be accepted until the position is filled. Applications submitted by the due date will be given first consideration.

    Application Process: Applicants must complete the internship application by the due date for the semester(s) during which the internship will take place. All requested information must be provided.
  1. Application Cover Sheet or online application form.
  2. Applicants must submit a current version of their resume.
  3. Essay Questions Applicant must complete the short answer essays on the online form or turn in typed responses with a print copy of the completed application form (to include the answers to the essay questions).
    1. Personal statement (up to 1000 words). What is your commitment to social justice education? What projects or organizations have you been involved in that demonstrate your commitment to social justice education? Why do you want to intern at the LGBTQA+ Resource Center?How will this internship help fulfill your personal and professional goals? What can you contribute and how will you benefit from the internship?
    2. Internship Goal(s) (up to 500 words): Explain what you would like to do or what you would like to do to further your own growth as well as help others.
  4. Recommendation Letter: Applicants must submit a recommendation letter from an individual (advisor, faculty, staff member or individual) who can talk about: a)your commitment to social justice, b) your ability to fulfill the internship requirements, andc)your prior involvement or interest in social justice education.

To submit an application, turn in all the requested materials to Electronic applications are encouraged. Letters of recommendation should be sent to directly from the person writing your recommendation or provided in a sealed envelope with the recommender’s signature on the back of the envelope (where it seals). An online form is available (use the link above).

For more information or to submit materials, contact:
Pat Tetreault, Ph.D.Director (
LGBTQA+ Resource Center
346 Nebraska Union
Lincoln, NE 68588-0453

The Pat Tetreault & PFLAG Lincoln LGBTQA+ Student Emergency Fund

Link For Application

The LGBTQA+ Resource Center assists students who experience a financial emergency or unanticipated expenses causing short-term financial hardship that requires immediate attention to keep a student in college. This fund is designated to assist LGBTQA+ students or student supporters/those who are allied to the LGBTQA+ community who are not reasonably able to resolve their financial difficulty through scholarships, loans, or other Financial Aid awards. This fund is being administered by the LGBTQA+ Resource Center in accordance with applicable University rules and policies. University Foundations, in partnership with PFLAG Lincolnand the LGBTQA+ Resource Center, has established a fund designated to address the needs of LGBTQA+ students and allies.

The Pat Tetreault/PFLAG-Lincoln Emergency Fund’s purpose is to help pay actual expenses. The fund is not a loan and does not need to be repaid.

    Student Eligibility:
  • Applicants must have a short-term financial hardship, such as an emergency, accident, or other unexpected incident.
  • Must have looked into financial aid options.
  • Is impacted as a member of theLGBTQA+ community or as a supporter of the LGBTQA+ community (e.g., they have lost some financial support as an ally.)
  • Must have a record of good conduct.

Amount: Student Emergency Fund awards are made to reimburse students for actual expense, so the amount will vary, up to $750. Students will be awarded at most one Student Emergency Fund per academic year.Payment will be made to cover the expense. Money will not be given directly to an individual.

Eligible Expenses: Any unanticipated or unusual expenses outside of the typical budget will be considered. Student Emergency Funds are not intended for tuition or student fees unless an emergency has occurred where one semester of tuition and/or fees need help being payed. Each case will be considered on its own merits. These are limited, non-state dollars acquired through donations to the University Foundationspecifically for this fund.

    Application Process:
  1. Completed Application form, with supporting documentation(e.g., the bill), submitted to Pat Tetreault (, or a printed copy turned at the Center, 346 Nebraska Union(0453).
  2. Fund selection: The Student Emergency Fund Committee will review the application and make their recommendations. Final approval requires the signature of the Director of the LGBTQA+ Resource Center, Pat Tetreault. A student application may be required to meet with any of the above to further assess the merits of the emergency grant request.
    Application Checklist –Please ensure you have all required documents before submitting
  • Completed Application Form
  • Documentation of need
  • Latest income tax return (Not required if student has a FAFSA on file)
  • Itemized budget for funds being requested(amount, payment to, due date)

Pat Tetreault, Ph.D.

346 Nebraska Union

(402) 472-1752

LGBTQA Resource Center

346 Nebraska Union

(402) 472-1652

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