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Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

LGBTQ2+ Scholarship


“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” ―   Audre Lorde

LGBTQ2+ Studies is a transformative program within the Women’s, Gender, and Sexualities Department, dedicated to critical scholarship, research, and practice in Queer Studies. Through this program, students learn critical knowledge about gender identities and sexualities, transnationally and intersectionally. Students use the expertise gained in the LGBTQ2+ Studies minor in their future education and careers, creating positive change within the Central Valley. 

The LGBTQ2+ Studies Endowed Scholarship is the first scholarship at Fresno State dedicated to uplifting LGBTQ2+ Studies students and their future academic success. Students awarded the LGBTQ2+ Studies Endowed Scholarship will be provided financial support to complete their education and recognition of their academic achievements. 

The LGBTQ2+ Studies Endowed Scholarship can only become a reality with community support. Every donated amount will go directly to our scholarship. The more funding we raise, the more scholarships we can give our LGBTQ2+ Studies students. 

Support Our LGBTQ2+ Studies Students

Donate to our LGBTQ2+ Studies Scholarship

Join community members in supporting the LGBTQ2+ Studies Endowed Scholarship. 

Donations of any size are welcome and are tax-deductible. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Katherine Fobear ( 

Donation Information

For those wanting to donate by check, please make checks payable to 

The Fresno State Foundation

Please put in the memo: LGBTQ2+ Studies Endowed Scholarship.

Please mail checks to the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

California State University, Fresno 

2225 E. San Ramon, M/S MF19

Fresno, CA 93740

Office: McKee Fisk 243

Phone: 559.278.2858


Support our LGBTQ2+ Studies students!

Donate to the LGBTQ2+ Studies Endowed Scholarship Crowdfunding Campaign

Only for October, LGBTQ2+ Studies is crowdfunding to give three 500.00 dollar scholarships to LGBTQ2+ Studies students in the Spring 2024 semester. 

Funding from the scholarship will significantly assist our LGBTQ2+ Studies students to complete their education and support their goals in making a better world for our LGBTQIA2+ communities in the Central Valley. 

Please help us reach our monthly goal of $1500.00! 

We are looking for small donations, as low as $10.00! 

Every dollar donated will help us reach our goal and award this scholarship next semester!

Please click on the link below to donate directly to our crowdfunding campaign!

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Support the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies LGBTQ2+ Studies Endowed Scholarship Fund

All proceeds directly support the LGBTQ2+ Studies Endowed Scholarship Fund!

Rainbow Wonderland Garden Party

It's official! We are sold out!
We cannot thank everyone enough for their support! It has been incredibly joyful and affirming.
We cannot wait to celebrate with everyone this Sunday!
For those of you who may have wanted to come but cannot. There will be more events and happenings in the future!
Thank you everyone!!!!
Please feel free to email Dr. Kat Fobear if you have any questions.

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Founding Funders


Amy Marie Sticklin & Dana Villines
Annalisa Perea
Dr. Carole Goldsmith & Melissa Blake
Dr. Carole Goldsmith Office of the Chancellor, State Center Community College District
Carol Ann Yohannes & Jeanne Polenz
Chris Jarvis & James Hensley
Christopher Pelc and  Katherine Pelc
Women in the Wind-Fire and Ice Chapter
Dawn & Fred Fobear
El Daña
Dr. Elizabeth Lowham
In Honor of COS Communication Faculty
Jan L. Edwards
Jessica Schell-Garcia
Joyce M. Weber and Elizabeth Luckett
Dr. Julie Nicole & Drew Harbaugh
Dr. Kat Fobear
Kerri Lyn Donis and Laurie Donis
Rabbi Laura Novak Winer & Rabbi Rick Winer
Lederach Family in memory of Naomi Lederach
Elizabeth Lederach and Lori Clanton
Dr. Lillian Faderman & Dr. Phyllis Irwin
Lisa Keller in honor of Carson Keller
Lydia Franklin
Michael Hensley in honor of Don and Harryette Kulp
Dr. Peter Robertson & Victor Kral
Prisca Thomas
Richard Perez & Travis Stephenson
Robin Johnston McGehee & Karen Johnston in memory of Clyde & Nancy McGehee
Dr. Saul Jimenéz-Sandoval and Dr. Mariana Anagnostopoulos
Sheila Defendis in memory of Mary Louis Defendis & Kathy Mulligan
Vickie and Jim Healy
Dr. Richard Jennings and Peyton Bryars
Rainbow Alumnx and Allies Club
Allison Murphy, in memory of Chloe Murphy
Jenifer Fisher and Holly Garvey Cartozian
Toni Onkka and Della Green Campbell