AT&T* and HRC selected three grand prize winners of the first-ever AT&T Live Proud on Campus scholarship contest.
Amy Kelley (University of Pittsburgh), Leyth Swidan (Columbia University), and Ryan Wells (Elon University) are our grand prize winners. Each student will receive a $10,000 scholarship, $2,500 in funding to execute their campus project, a semester-long mentorship experience with HRC to help develop their projects, and more. The winners will also be flown to Washington, D.C. to attend the HRC National Dinner on Oct. 28.
Live Proud on Campus called on college students 18+ to submit a video pitch for an LGBTQ-supportive project they'd like to see at their schools. The public voted on 15 semi-finalist videos, narrowing the field down to 6 finalist. And HRC chose the 3 grade prize winners.
The winning projects support the LGBTQ community and focus on LGBTQ equality, visibility and/or acceptance on college campuses.
AT&T is also contributing $25,000 to HRC. The gift will support the organization and their continued efforts to uplift the LGBTQ community. HRC is the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization.
"HRC is excited to welcome the AT&T Live Proud on Campus scholarship winners to Washington, D.C. and to mentor them as they execute their projects," said Beck Bailey, deputy director of HRC's Workplace Equality Program. "With AT&T's generous support, each project will raise LGBTQ awareness and build cultural competency. HRC is eager to engage these young leaders and support them in creating meaningful impact for the LGBTQ community."
“We’re furthering our commitment to the LGBTQ community and to a more inclusive world,” said Leonardo Torréss, assistant vice president, Diversity Marketing, AT&T. “HRC shares our commitment to equal rights and respect for all. And we’re honored to work with them. Live Proud on Campus supports the next generation of LGBTQ community leaders. What the winners take away from this experience will ultimately benefit us all.”
To learn more about Live Proud on Campus and our winners, go to att.com/liveproud. Don’t forget to join the conversation on social media using #ATTLiveProud and #LiveProudScholar.
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