Awards & Scholarships



Awards given in the name of the LGBT Staff/Faculty Association:

  • Champion of Our Community
    • The recipient of the Champion of Our Community award is an LGBTQ+ member of staff, faculty, or administration at UMD, who has made distinguished contributions to the LGBTQ+ communities.
  • Defender of Diversity
    • The recipient the Defender of Diversity award is an ally to LGBTQ+ communities and a member of staff, faculty, or administration at UMD, who has made distinguished contributions to the LGBTQ+ communities.

Awards given by the LGBT Equity Center:

  • Pride and Advocacy Award
    • The recipient of the Pride and Advocacy Award is someone who has demonstrated exceptional leadership during the past year resulting in a positive impact on UMD's campus LGBTQ+ communities. The recipient may anyone, including undergraduate and graduate students, staff, faculty, administrators, and also alumni and friends of the campus.
  • Graduate Student Involvement Award
    • The recipient of the Graduate Student Involvement Award is a graduate student at UMD who has been directly involved with LGBTQ+ communities at UMD.

Recognitions given by the Lavender Leadership Honor Society:

  • Rising Star
    • The recipient of a Rising Star is a first or second year undergraduate student at UMD who has demonstrated a high level of participation/involvement in LGBTQ+ communities/initiatives on or off campus.
  • Special Recognition
    • The recipient of a Special Recognition is an undergraduate or graduate student at UMD, to recognize leadership over the past year in a particular area or project that impacts UMD campus LGBTQ+ issues/community.
  • Student Group of the Year

Historical awards:


The LGBT Equity Scholarship is financed by the LGBT Scholarship Fund and administered by the LGBT Equity Center. Recipients must be full-time students at the University of Maryland, College Park, who have demonstrated a commitment to promoting civil rights for and preventing discrimination against LGBT people. In June, a call for applications is issued by the Office of Student Financial Aid and the LGBT Equity Center. Awards are determined and awarded for the fall semester. Applicants must submit a short statement (maximum of 2 pages, double spaced) outlining their qualifications for the scholarship. They must also submit an unofficial transcript and at least one letter of recommendation. Further instructions on how to apply are included in the call for applications. The number of awards and the precise amount depend on the available assets in the endowment. In recent years, the typical scholarship award amount has been $1,500.