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Steven Nelson Memorial LGBTQ Fund

The Steven Nelson Memorial Fund provides financial assistance to students who are experiencing a financial hardship related to coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBTQ) during their time at Boise State. Designed to help students move forward in their lives and academic career, grant awards, of up to $1500, will be dispersed in two payments over the course of two consecutive semesters.

Fund Stipulations

  • Grant may be awarded ONCE during a student’s academic career
  • Grants do not have to be repaid

Eligibility Requirements

  • Coming out as LGBTQ while as a Boise State student has created a financial hardship that threatens your ability to be academically successful and you can provide a letter of support written by a trusted family or community member, verifying that verifies these circumstances. Examples of qualifying circumstances related to your gender identity and/or sexual orientation:
    • Loss of job
    • Homelessness/Eviction by landlord
    • Familial disownment
    • Unexpected rescinding of resources necessary to be successful in school
      • Your car/transportation was taken away
      • Your credit/debit cards were frozen
      • Your family members used to pay your rent but refuse to after coming out
    • Currently enrolled in and attending at least 6 financial aid eligible credits (must be attending summer classes to be considered for grant during the summer).
      • Must be a degree-seeking student in good academic standing with minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or show evidence of recent satisfactory progress.

*If you are unable to upload your documentation to your application, hand deliver to Office of the Dean of Students, Campus School, Suite 120 OR mail to Office of the Dean of Students, 1910 University Drive Boise, ID 83725-1370.

Application Process

  1. Complete a Steven Nelson Memorial Fund Application. A request will be considered complete when the online form is submitted and supplemental letter of support is received.
  2. You will be required to meet with a staff member in the Office of the Dean of Students to discuss your situation.
  3. Completed request is reviewed for approval by the Office of the Dean of Students. Criteria for approval and granted amounts will be based on eligibility and availability of funds.
  4. Student is notified of decision with follow-up instructions.

If you are currently receiving financial aid, please be aware that receiving this grant may affect your current and future aid awards.