OPALGA+ 2024 Student
Scholarship Fund 

Over $30,000 was raised as part of our 2022 Scholarship Gala to support the continuing education of LGBTQ+ youth. In 2023, OPALGA+ decided to award $40,000 in scholarships for 2023-’24. The Board has decided to award a minimum of eight (8) $5,000 awards in 2024. If you would like to donate to the 2024-’25 Student Scholarship Fund, please click on the PayPal button below:

Meet some of the 2023 Scholarship Recipients

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Meet the 2023 winners

John Caceres (they/he), Oak Park

  • High school: Oak Park River Forest High School, Oak Park
  • College: Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois

Vic Coutee (he/they), Chicago

  • High school: Pritzker College Prep, Chicago
  • College: Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois

Marty Cowherd (he/him), Chicago

  • High school: Noble Johnson College Prep, Chicago
  • College: University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Emily Gonzalez (she/her), Chicago

  • High school: Pritzker College Prep, Chicago
  • College: Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois

Annie Larson (she/her), Oak Park

  • High school: Fenwick High School, Oak Park
  • College: Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

Taylor Montes-Williams (she/her), Oak Park

  • High school: Oak Park River Forest High School, Oak Park
  • College: University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Venus Obazuaye (they/them), Forest Park

  • High school: Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Aurora, Illinois
  • College: University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Lissette Torres (she/her), Chicago

  • High school: Prosser Career Academy, Chicago
  • College: Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois