LGBTQ+ Scholarship Program

Helping Student Leaders Succeed Since 2016

Meet the 2020 LGBTQ+ Scholarship Recipients

Lorena Andrade Trujillo

Waukesha County Technical College
Waukesha County Technical College – Associates; Mechanical Engineering Technology
Carmen South High School, 2016

Lorena Andrade Trujillo is currently attending WCTC and pursuing an Associate’s degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. Lorena currently works as a Pro-E programmer at SPX Transformers being one of the very few female, minority, and LGBTQ+ staff in the engineering department. Lorena hopes to serve as a role model for minorities and the LGBTQ community by joining the 3.8% of Latinas graduating with a STEM degree on May 2022; as well as representing the LGBTQ+ community in STEM.

Presented by Milwaukee Gay Sports Network

Rachael Conger

Medical College of Wisconsin
Medical College of Wisconsin – Doctorate of Medicine; Radiation Oncology
Bangor High School, 2016

Rachael Conger is in her fourth and final year of medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin. During this time she served as president of LGBTQ People in Medicine, a student-run student organization whose mission is to cultivate–through activism, education, and diverse membership–an environment of safety and pride for students, faculty, and staff of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Rachael has chosen to pursue radiation oncology and within the field of oncology, she hopes to address disparities in cancer care for minority communities, including her own LGBTQ+ community.

Presented by Vivent Health

Victoria Garcia

Alverno College
Alverno College – Associate of Arts & Sciences; Educational Studies / Bachelors; Secondary Education & Music Performance
Milwaukee Alexander Hamilton High School, 2019

Victoria Garcia is a proud Milwaukeean, Transgender woman who attends the all-women’s Catholic, Franciscan Alverno College. She is completing a dual degree program at Alverno where she will earn an Associates of Arts & Sciences Degree (A.A.S), and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree (B.S). Victoria is pursuing a double degree in Secondary Education and Music Performance – two things she holds dear to her heart. She is the first Transgender woman to attend the all-women’s Catholic college, and is an LGBT+ activist who inspires everyone around her to reach for their best always. Garcia loves to educate others on how meaningful it is to be LGBT and to share their talents with the community, and to always love yourself and others. Victoria is an academic scholar, who is very involved in her school, and in her community. She hopes to serve as a middle school educator in MPS (Milwaukee Public Schools) once receiving her education and credentials, and focus on working with students who are LGBT and struggle with their identity as well as communities who suffer from oppression and poverty. She serves as a school committee member at a Catholic school, loves to spend her free time volunteering in non-profit organizations such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, and loves to inspire people to reach for the stars. Her faith is what keeps her going, and she is a devout Catholic who continues to make bridges between the faith and LGBT community.

Presented by Karen Valentine Fund

Charmaine Lang

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee – Doctorate; African & African Diaspora Studies
Phineas Benning High School (Calif.), 2000

Charmaine Lang is pursuing a doctorate at UW-Milwaukee (UWM) in African and African Diaspora Studies, with a concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies. As a researcher, Charmaine uses ethnographic methods to examine social determinants of self-care practices among Black women activists. She is a member of Echoing Ida, a community of Black women and non-binary writers disrupting oppressive narratives and seeding a world where we can thrive. Through this avenue, Charmaine writes from her vantage point of being a queer, Black woman. Charmaine is a California State University, Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program Fellow and a 2018 UWM Tennessen Scholar.

Presented by BMO Harris Bank

Michie M.

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design – Bachelors; New Studio Practice
Wauwatosa West High School, 2017

Michie M. is a sophomore at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Michie works with any and all mediums that cross their path, the goal being to constantly learn by challenging themselves and to connect with their personal truths and embody them through these mediums. They hope that when they proclaim and own the parts of themselves that are taboo, painful, or human, others with similar experiences can find solace and connection within themselves. Some things on Michie’s bucket list are to create a film, have a traveling exhibition, publish a book.

Presented by Karen Valentine Fund

Sara Moralez

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design – Bachelors; New Studio Practice
Milwaukee Rufus King High School, 2017

Born and raised in inner city Milwaukee, Sara Moralez is a multidisciplinary artist currently in her senior year at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. With a focus in poetry, sculpture, and video, Sara aims to marry these mediums together to share the narrative of her family’s immigration, and the story of her life. Drawing inspiration from her culture, her Mexican American voice speaks on the ways she feels disconnected to femininity, confused about their gender, and the ways this is informed by gender binaries, Latinx stereotypes, and Latinx representation in popular media. With a plan to get an MFA at Yale School of Art, she dreams to build a career teaching the therapeutic quality of expression that art and writing possesses to BIPOC and LGBTQ+ youth in Milwaukee.

Presented by Milwaukee Gay Sports Network

Leo Olli

Cardinal Stritch University
Cardinal Stritch University – Bachelors; History & Politics
Waukesha West High School, 2019

Leo Olli is attending Cardinal Stritch University and is pursuing a Bachelors in History and Political Science with a minor in Writing, and then later pursue a Doctorates in the study to later teach at college and hope to inspire other LGBT students that no matter how they identify that it is possible to engage in the professional world. His long-term goal is to teach at a major university and open the minds of others and teach when he didn’t think it would be possible years before.

Presented by Milwaukee Gay Sports Network

Abby Schwab

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design – Bachelors; New Studio Practice
Fort Atkinson High School, 2018

Abby Schwab is a junior attending the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and pursuing an undergraduate degree in New Studio Practice, with minors in Psychology and Arts Management. She hopes to bring awareness to LGBTQ+ art, exploring sexuality, response, femininity, and mental health in her practice. Realizing the need for an LGBTQ+ organization at MIAD, she began and currently leads MIAD’s Genders and Sexualities Alliance organization, helping peers bridge art and sexuality, and create friendships. Abby wishes to inspire her community through her artistic practice and support of LGBTQ+ artists throughout her career. In her future, Abby wishes to explore art therapy, education, or work at a community arts organization.

Presented by BMO Harris Bank

Steph Serrato

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee – Bachelors; Social Work
Little Chute High School, 2018

Steph Serrato is a third-year student attending the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. They are studying Social Work, double minoring in Criminal Justice and Journalism, with an LGBT Studies Certificate. Their goal is to continue their education with public policy to create an LGBTQ+ Youth Social Work program. At UWM they are involved with Panthers Against Sexual Assault and a new student organization called Proud Panthers that is LGBTQ+ centered. Steph is focused on their goal to become a public policy attorney in efforts to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ youth with school social welfare programs that encompass more LGBTQ+ material.

Presented by Vivent Health

Gus Walbergh

Marquette University
Marquette University – Juris Doctor; Family Law
Nicolet High School, 2005

Gus Walbergh is a queer activist with 15+ years of LGBTQ+ advocacy experience. She is currently enrolled at Marquette University’s Law School while continuing to work as a child welfare social worker. In this role, Gus has had the honor and privilege to serve some of the most vulnerable families and youth in Milwaukee’s LGBTQ+ community. It is through this work, coupled with her years as a tireless LGBTQ+ advocate and educator, that Gus has come to understand the need for LGBTQ+ competent lawyers, judges, and policy makers. Gus hopes to become a Family Attorney, specializing in LGBTQ+ families and youth.

Presented by Vivent Health

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Applications accepted until August 9, 2020 at 11:59 PM.

The 2020 LGBTQ+ Scholarship Program application period is now closed. For more information please contact Cream City Foundation at 414-225-0244 or