ABOVE: Barry Miller (L) announces the first set of scholarship recipients at the Orlando City Hall Rotunda June 10, 2017 as City Commissioner Patty Sheehan and Mayor Buddy Dyer look on. Photo by Jake Stevens.
ORLANDO | The 49 Fund announced that they are now accepting applications for its second annual scholarship awards.
The fund will award up to 10 local LGBTQ students with a $4,900 scholarship to help pay for college tuition.
The 49 Fund was created in partnership between Orlando activist, and President and CEO of The Closing Agent, Barry Miller and the LGBTQ+ Center Orlando in March 2017. The fund was set up following the tragic events at Pulse Orlando to remember and honor the victims of the 2016 nightclub shooting.
To qualify for the scholarship, students must be self-identified as “out” and a member of the LGBTQ community, attend an accredited two- or four-year institution of higher learning on a full-time basis, earn a 3.0 GPA or higher and demonstrate a commitment to making Central Florida a better place.
Students can apply at The49Fund.org through March 21. Individuals can also visit the website for more information on the organization and if they wish to donate.