WIU alum creates LGBTQ scholarship

Molly Holmes

MACOMB — Molly Holmes, an LGBTQ 2004 Western Illinois University alum, is starting a scholarship for LGBTQ students at the university.

According to a WIU press release, Holmes is the director of the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center at Northern Illinois University. In her role as director, she advocates for equity for all genders and sexual identities at NIU and within the surrounding area. As a student at WIU, Holmes was a peer health educator through Beu Health Center, a member of Unity and an assistant complex director in University Housing and Dining Services.

“Western was pivotal in my development both as a student and as a professional due in part to mentors who valued me as a person, inclusive of my sexuality and gender,” Holmes said in the press release. “I want everyone to have that experience and have it at Western.”

Holmes has established the Supporting LGBTQA+ Leathernecks Scholarship, which will be awarded each fall to an LGBTQ student at WIU. The scholarship is open to students who identify as LGBTQ, are in good academic standing and who demonstrate financial need. The university said in the release that full details on the application and selection process are available from the LGBT*QA Resource Center.

Holmes told the WIU Office or University Relations she hopes the upcoming Western Challenge, which takes place on April 24, will create visibility for this scholarship and will give it additional momentum.

Individuals who wish to contribute to the new Supporting LGBTQA+ Leatherneck Scholarship can visit wiu.edu/giving and select Supporting LGBTQA+ Leatherneck Scholarship.