Scholarship Program

Helping Student Leaders Succeed Since 2015

Congratulations 2018 Scholarship Winners!

Noah Anderson

Noah Anderson is a new student at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he is pursuing an undergraduate degree in biology to support his end-goal of becoming a veterinarian. Noah began advocating for the LGBTQ+ community right from the beginning. He has made it a priority to connect youth with resources, advice, and support to stay safe in unwelcome environments. As an aspiring veterinarian, he hopes to make the STEM field a more welcome and safe place for everyone, so others can pursue the career of their dreams without the fear of discrimination.

Ren Gresbach

Ren Gresbach is a rising Junior at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he studies Advertising/Public Relations and Women & Gender Studies. In the past few years, he has had the great pleasure of serving on the Trevor Project’s Youth Advisory Council and as a GLAAD Campus Ambassador. He is an active member of the Campus Community, serving as both Campus Ambassador with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and as an Education Coordinator with the University’s LGBT Resource Center. After graduation, he hopes to either work as a PR rep for an LGBT Non-Profit or find PR-related work in the field of music.

Karina Hinojosa

Before Karina Hinojosa began her freshman year at Cardinal Stritch University this fall, she was an active high school student who took on a slew of advanced courses. Karina is a first-generation college student and hopes to become an educator to help prepare our next generation of leaders. Despite the challenges associated with being a DACA student as well as a woman of color, Karina will not let the normal barriers stop her from achieving her goals. Karina is on-campus rehearsing for her role in Wit, a production exploring the story of an English professor who has been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer.

Emma Kropidlowski

Emma Kropidlowski is a rising college freshman who recently graduated from Rufus King High School. Emma recently began classes at UW-Milwaukee and hopes to study theatre education. She is a self-identified activist, artist, avid book reader, and thespian who is also a member of the Junior Board of Ambassadors for CourageMKE. Theatre is a platform of expression to Emma, and she hopes to share her experiences with future LGBTQ+ youth.

Diya Mark

Diya Mark is a rising Freshman intending to study film at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is passionate about shedding light on the lived experiences of LGBTQ+ people, particularly queer people of color. She values self-expression and authenticity and hopes to promote empathy and understanding through her films, visual art, writing, and community-based activism. Her experience in Milwaukee includes work as a community health promoter at Diverse & Resilient and Queer Collective—an after-school club centered around LGBTQ+ activism where she helped write a grant allowing her school library to purchase dozens of books to better represent queer people of color.

Kayla McNeil

Kayla McNeil is a graduate student attending the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Zilber School of Public Health with a specialization in Public Health Policy and Administration. They have been involved in LGBTQ+ advocacy in Milwaukee since 2015, working at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, Diverse and Resilient, UWM’s LGBT Resource Center, and the Tool Shed where they currently work as an educator. Kayla hopes to become a leader in advocacy for the transgender community through policy change and community education.

Jay Messar

After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin in 2009, Jay Messar recently began classes at UW-Milwaukee this fall, pursuing a graduate degree in Rhetoric & Professional Writing. Since his undergrad days in Madison, he has been active in several LGBTQ+ sports organizations and has spent much of his seven-year professional career in the world of athletic communications. With this career shift, he aims to focus on grant writing, proposal composition, and lending a voice to LGBTQ+ affiliated organizations seeking resources.

DeShanda Williams

DeShanda Williams is a community psychology student at Alverno College, dedicated to growth in knowledge and healing that reflects on the intersectionality of queer people of color. She was awarded the LGBT Progress Award for her extensive work with runaway, homeless youth as Director of Runaway, Homeless Youth Services at Pathfinders Milwaukee. She enjoys researching topics such as quality of life issues for LGBTQ+ people and people of color.

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The 2018 LGBTQ+ Scholarship Program application period is now closed. Thank you for your submissions. For more information please contact Cream City Foundation at 414-225-0244.