MILWAUKEE – Cream City Foundation is excited to announce 10 Milwaukee-area post-secondary students as recipients of its 2020 LGBTQ+ Scholarship program. This year’s cohort represents an impressive array of tracks, disciplines, and institutions, and each student will receive a scholarship of $2,500.
“We had an incredible group of applicants for our LGBTQ+ Scholarship again this year,” Cream City Foundation Scholarship Committee Chair Angela Harden said. “Our committee continues to be astounded and humbled by the talent, passion, and drive these emerging leaders have to serve our communities.
“The need is even more prevalent during these times of uncertainty; the continued support from BMO Harris Bank, Vivent Health, Milwaukee Gay Sports Network, the Karen Valentine Fund of Cream City Foundation, and the rest of our community members is vital to ensuring Milwaukee’s LGBTQ+ students can continue their pursuit of making an impact in our society.”
The LGBTQ+ Scholarship has quickly become a beacon of Cream City Foundation’s community engagement, and despite COVID-19 interruptions, CCF received a record-breaking number of applications for the fourth consecutive scholarship cycle. For the 2020-21 academic year, over 80 individuals representing 14 greater Milwaukee institutions applied.
As part of the assessment, each applicant was asked a series of questions pertaining to their own involvement within the LGBTQ+ communities of southeastern Wisconsin, as well as a challenging or character-defining moment faced as an LGBTQ+ individual or ally. Additionally, applicants were required to detail how their field of study and future plans contribute to fostering their communities.
Below is the complete list of 2020 scholarship awardees. Full biographies of the recipients can be found at the Scholarship page of Cream City Foundation’s website (CreamCityFoundation.org/scholarships).
Lorena Andrade Trujillo, WCTC – Associates; Mechanical Engineering Technology
Rachael Conger, Medical College of Wisconsin – Doctorate; Radiation Oncology
Victoria Garcia, Alverno College – Associates/Bachelors; Educational Studies/Secondary Education & Music Performance
Charmaine Lang, UW-Milwaukee – Doctorate; African & African Diaspora Studies
Michie M., MIAD – Bachelors; New Studio Practice
Sara Moralez, MIAD – Bachelors; New Studio Practice
Leo Olli, Cardinal Stritch – Bachelors; History & Politics
Abby Schwab, MIAD – Bachelors; New Studio Practice
Steph Serrato, UW-Milwaukee – Bachelors; Social Work
Gus Walbergh, Marquette – Juris Doctorate; Family Law
The 2020 LGBTQ+ Scholarship committee consisted of Angela Harden (Chair), Husch-Blackwell; Michelle Gran, Marquette University; Samantha Mitchell, United Way of Milwaukee & Waukesha County; Jen Murray, UW-Milwaukee; Sangeeta Rajput, GE Healthcare; Rev. Brad Toebben, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; and Rev. Tory Topjian, Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Church.
This year’s scholarship recipients will be presented at Cream City Foundation’s annual Business Equality Luncheon. This year’s event will take place virtually on Friday, October 16, 2020. A link to the event details and registration can be found on CCF’s website: CreamCityFoundation.org/events/business-equality-luncheon.
ABOUT THE LGBTQ+ SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The Cream City Foundation LGBTQ+ Scholarship Program was founded in 2015 to support lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender, queer+, and allied student leaders in southeastern Wisconsin. In its fifth year of existence in 2020, the Program will have provided over $125,000 in scholarships to emerging community leaders.
Scholarships can be used for any post-secondary education at the undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate level.
ABOUT CREAM CITY FOUNDATION
Cream City Foundation serves as an LGBTQ+ community leader in mobilizing philanthropic resources, effecting positive change and pursuing the advancement of the equity, health, and prosperity of LGBTQ+ people in Southeastern Wisconsin. Cream City Foundation was founded in 1982 with $500 in seed money, and has since grown to provide more than $1.5 million in grant dollars to many organizations and projects that are working to improve the quality of life for LGBTQ+ people.