College can be a very stressful time for some students, but for those in the LGBTQ community getting an education may be a bit more challenging.  

Barb Dallinger and Dave Bentlin

All faculty, staff, annuitants and other members of the university community are welcomed to join the University Club in the Old Main Room in the Bone Student Center. Barb Dallinger, associate director for Event Services and Dining, and Dave Bentlin, administrative assistant to the president, gave a talk about where to turn when your family is no longer there for you. 

Some students are without financial help from their family due to their sexuality or gender identity, raising the question: Where do you turn when your family is not there for you?

As a result of a rising number of LGBTQ students being financially abandoned, Illinois State University has created the LGBTQ+ Fund to relieve some of the burdens. 

So far, a total of seven students have applied to use the LGBTQ+ Emergency Fund.

“Our goal is to help with books, supplies and clothes along with this very much being an emergency fund” said LGBTQ Fund Committee member Barb Dallinger. 

Students in need can apply to receive the fund online. There students can not only check out the requirements for the fund but also check out other sources for help.  

Another helpful resource would be applying for one of the eleven LGBTQ specific scholarships such as the Joseph A. Rives/Scott J. Brouette Endowed Scholarship and many others that can be found on the site. 

Luckily, there are seminars on campus designed to help students determine what scholarship help to seek out. Queertalk is a seminar dedicated to giving students a chance to learn about new scholarships dedicated to LGBTQ studies. 

The meetings are held at the LGBT/Queer studies and Services Institute in the Professional Development Annex. There will be LGBT Queer studies members to help navigate attendees to the meeting. They will stand near the flagpole on the north end of the ISU Quad and leave at 12:15 p.m. 

“Our fund is tough because we are asking for donations that have nothing in return because once the money is gone it’s simply gone,” Dallinger said, “that’s why we rely on donations from our alumni, PRIDE students and continuous contributions from word of mouth.” 

Information on the scholarship is available online. Fund donations can be made on the Redbirds Rising website. Additionally, along with every piece of Pride at ISU merchandise sold at the Alamo II, an alumnus will donate $2.    

College can be a very stressful time for some students, but for those in the LGBTQ community getting an education may be a bit more challenging.  

RAFAEL MENCHACA is a News Reporter for The Vidette. He can be contacted at rmencha@ilstu.edu Follow him on Twitter at @kuma_topics_

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