This private fund was founded in 2010 by Texas State alumni and friends as they recognized the progress Texas State has made towards the inclusion of the LGBTQ community yet the lack of resources to support LGBTQIA Bobcats. This inspired the group to establish a scholarship fund with two goals: 1) to offer an academic achievement scholarship and 2) to offer a leadership development scholarship to LGBTQIA Texas State students. Bobcat Pride Scholarship Fund® is the first ever, private scholarship dedicated exclusively to supporting LGBTQIA Bobcats.
This organization also offers emergency stabilization through the Jeremy O. Torres Emergency Stabilization Fund to students who find themselves in a financial crisis and need additional support. Bobcat Pride Scholarship Fund®, a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is private and independent from Texas State University and any of its organizations. All donations are tax deductible. All donors receive a verification letter they may use for tax purposes.
The Bobcat Pride Scholarship Fund has provided over $40k in student support in six years. We have funded 37 scholarship and internship opportunities; comprised of 16 Academic Achievement Scholarships, 5 Leadership Development Scholarships, and 16 emergency stabilization recipients.
Through social advocacy, Bobcat Pride Scholarship Fund aspires to:
Support a culturally diverse community
Be accessible to all LGBTQIA students, inclusive of all minority sexuality and gender identities
Assist scholarship recipients in fulfilling their educational goals
Promote leadership development opportunities
Support LGBTQIA students during unforseen financial crises