CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 14, 2014 – Nicholas Maddock of Richmond, Virginia, has established the Nicholas K. Maddock LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Ally Scholarship through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.
The scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University. The scholarship is open to students of any major with a minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA). Freshmen may also apply who have a minimum 3.0 high school GPA. Applicants must submit a short essay demonstrating how they have enhanced the LGBT community at Southeast (or their high school for incoming freshmen). The campus life director will evaluate the essays and make the selection for the scholarship.
“I hope that this scholarship will empower undergraduate students to get involved in bettering the LGBT community. Southeast has made great strides in the past year in regards to acceptance and recognition of the LGBT individuals but it is now up to students to take those extra steps to identify and improve on areas of opportunity,” Maddock said. “I also have hope that by creating the first LGBT focused scholarship here, it will send a message to potential and current students that Southeast Missouri State University’s faculty, staff, and alumni, support the LGBT community and encourage its advancement.
Maddock graduated summa cum laude from Southeast Missouri State University in the spring of 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in economics, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in finance, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in management, entrepreneurship option. Maddock served in several leadership roles during his tenure at Southeast, including Student Government treasurer, Interfraternity Council president, Finance and Economics Society president, director of Greek Week 2013, a three-year Resident Assistant, and several leadership positions in his fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha. Maddock has been a long-time advocate for the LGBT community through Student Government, Greek Life and other channels. In 2014, he was honored with the “Civic Engagement” award at the 2014 Student Life and Leadership Awards banquet, in part, due to his involvement with working to enhance the LGBT community at Southeast. Maddock identifies as an LGBT individual and hopes that with the endowment of this scholarship it will motivate others to get involved in enhancing the LGBT community at Southeast and beyond through leadership, involvement, advocacy and political change.
Donations to the scholarship fund are currently being accepted and may be made through the Foundation.
“For students who are interested in applying, it is important to note that you do not have to identify with the LGBT community. An ally can be anyone,” Maddock said. “If you are passionate about the social change, diversity inclusion, and equality in general and believe you have made a positive impact to the LGBT community, then I would strongly encourage you to apply.”