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Congratulations to 2012 Matthew Shepard Scholars
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/01/12
Last updated on: 05/02/12
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Chance Dunn from Sioux City, one of the scholarship recipients.

Congratulations to the Iowa students who have won Matthew Shepard Scholarships from the Eychaner Foundation of Des Moines. The Foundation recently announced that five students (Arianna Dahlin from Ainsworth, Chanse Dunn from Sioux City, Michelle Robinson from Marshalltown, Derek Steinauer from Cedar Rapids, and Fabio Vidal from Des Moines) have been named 2012 Silver Matthew Shepard Scholars, and three (Connor Ferguson from Wayland, Keaton Fuller from Clinton, and Hollie Wilson from Des Moines) have been named Gold Matthew Shepard Scholars.

Founded in 1975 by Rich Eychaner to promote tolerance, the Foundation began the Matthew Shepard Scholarship program in 2000 in memory of the young college student slain in 1998. The Silver Matthew Shepard Scholarship is an award of up to $9,000 over four years; the Gold Matthew Shepard Scholarship is an award of up to $40,000 over four years.

Matthew Shepard Scholars must be openly glbtq graduates of Iowa High Schools who demonstrate academic aptitude and achievement and present a record of community service, especially within the glbtq community.

The Eychaner Foundation also supports anti-bullying efforts in Iowa schools.

In 2011, Rich Eychaner was inducted into OneIowa's Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame for providing outstanding volunteer service to benefit others, especially for his leadership in the effort to assure non-discrimination and equal rights for glbtq Iowans. Through his efforts, an anti-bullying law was enacted and protection for gays and lesbians was added to the Iowa Civil Rights Code.

Among other organizations that offer scholarships to glbtq youth are the Point Foundation, the Gill Foundation, and Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (P-FLAG).

One of the 2012 Matthew Shepard Scholars, Chanse Dunn of Sioux City's West High School, was profiled on KCAU-TV on April 29, 2012.

The video below introduces the 2011 Matthew Shepard Scholars.

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