Awards are lined up on a table at the Gay and Lesbian Alumni (GALA) Leadership Award ceremony.

Gay and Lesbian Alumni Leadership Award

The GALA Leadership Award recognizes student leadership on behalf of Emory's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBT) community. First awarded in 2009, the GALA Leadership Award is the brainchild of Sharon Semmens 80C 80G, Emory Alumni Board (link to EAB page) member and former GALA co-chair. Each year, the deserving student is awarded $5,000 at the Annual Pride Awards hosted by the Office of LGBT Life.

The first GALA scholarship, awarded in 2009 to Olivia Wise 10C of Lawrenceville, Georgia, was funded with cash donations rather than endowment interest. In late 2009, the fund was endowed with $100,000 in private donations, including a challenge grant by Mr. Randy New 76C 82L. As a result of the GALA Leadership Award and other efforts to support LGBT students, Emory recently received a five-star rating in the latest LGBT Friendly Campus Climate Index--the highest possible ranking and the only school in the Southeast to achieve that rank.

How to Apply

Visit the Office of LGBT Life website

How to Give

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