The R Cole Bouck LBGT and Ally Student Leadership Award

The R Cole Bouck LBGT and Ally Student Leadership Award celebrates rapidly changing times for LBGT persons everywhere; recognizes the shaming of, struggles endured by, and opportunities denied to LBGT persons; acknowledges the invaluable and tireless work of LBGT persons and their allies in advancing civil rights; represents the hope of obtaining equality and ending LBGT discrimination; and seeks to support opportunities for MSU students with the ambition and vision to achieve equality.  This award will support student participation in internships, service-learning, or study away and abroad programs related to social justice issues facing the LBGT community.  Mr. Bouck wishes to recognize the lives and contributions of Doreen Jane (Graff) Bouck; James K. Dressel; and Carroll M. Hunter.

The 2017 Award is the Bouck Award Honoring James K. Dressel.  For more information about the donor and his honorees, please see the information below.

Two awards for approximately $800 each will be paid to support student participation in internships, service-learning, volunteerism, campus leadership, or study away and abroad programs related to social justice issues facing the LBGT community. Applicants are encouraged to read the one-page profile of James K. Dressel at the link below.

Application Process

Each candidate must apply for the Bouck Award by submitting a .pdf letter of application by e-mail to lbgtrc@msu.edu. Letters of recommendation and other supplemental materials will not be accepted for consideration.

Preference will be given to applicants who have at least a 3.0 GPA and are in financial need. Prior award recipients remain eligible to receive the same or other awards in subsequent years. Included in each application is a personal statement, which must not exceed 1200 words (4 pages), and must address each of the following:

  1. Describe the service or learning opportunity that you are seeking support for.
  2. What is the relevance of this activity to the LBGTQ+ community?
  3. How will the award funds be used?
  4. How do you anticipate that this award will impact your life and personal development?
  5. How will this experience be shared with or meet the needs of the campus community?
  6. Explain the history of your academic achievement.
  7. Describe your involvement or commitment to the LBGTQ+ community.
  8. Tell us about your need for financial assistance through this award.

Attendees will be notified in early October. Winners will be encouraged to be present and be acknowledged at the GLBT Alumni Homecoming Reception on October 20th. The award would be available for expenditure in Spring 2018 or Summer 2018 for those pursuing study away.

 

The Application Form can be accessed here.

Deadline

Monday, October 16, 2017 at 11:59 PM.

Past Award Recipients

  • 2015, Mady Gildea

Doreen Bouck Bio

James K. Dressel Bio

Carroll M. Hunter Bio