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The Akron chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgendered individuals has given $30,000 to endow a scholarship for students in Kent State University’s LGBT Studies minor. The gift was a bequest designated for education by the Harold Sylvester family of Medina, Ohio.
Rabbi David Horowitz, a Akron PFLAG board member who is also the president-elect of the national organization’s board of directors, said the university’s commitment to diversity inspired the gift. In March, Kent State President Lester A. Lefton and other officials opened the LGBTQ Student Center as part of a university-wide diversity initiative.
“We are impressed with Kent State’s outreach to the LGBT community, particularly the opening of the LGBTQ Student Center,” he said. “Kent State is friendly and embracing of the LGBT community.”
Horowitz said PFLAG made the gift to increase awareness of sexual minority issues by inspiring more students to enroll in the LGBT Studies minor.
“We hope that as more students increase their knowledge of the LGBT community, it will broaden that information throughout the general public,” he said. “The more people are educated, the more people will teach, the more people will understand LGBT issues and equality in America.”
To contribute to the PFLAG Akron Scholarship, contact the Kent State Office of Institutional Advancement at 330-672-2222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.