NORMAL, Ill. — Illinois State University is helping the LGBTQ+ community by providing aid to students whose parents can’t.
The university is one of few colleges with this kind of scholarship fund. It helps students who’ve been cut off by their parents because of their sexual orientation.
ISU leaders say the primary focus of the fund is to create a safety net, keeping a student enrolled while they work through family and financial issues.
All students have to do is apply online, go through a screening process and the money will be awarded to you if there is a need.
“No matter your sexual orientation or your gender identity, you should feel safe,” said David Bentlin, administrative assistant to the president at ISU. “You should feel included, and you should feel like you’re living in an environment at Illinois State University where you can be your best person.”
Leaders say so far 9 students have applied and received funds for the 2019-2020 school year.