Leadership Scholarships 


Rewarding Our Student Leaders

The UCR LGBTQIA Student Leadership Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate or graduate students who demonstrate exceptional student leadership in the UCR LGBTQIA community.

A scholarship selection committee comprised of UCR staff, faculty, and students selects up to two scholarship recipients annually. Each receives $500. Scholarship recipients are selected based on academic achievement, personal merit and their contributions to the LGBTQIA community.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be…

  1. A full-time undergraduate or graduate student at UCR
  2. In good academic standing (with preference given to applicants with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale)
  3. Be enrolled at least half-time at UCR the following Fall quarter
  4. Be able to demonstrate the following:
    • Excellent leadership qualities
    • Extensive involvement with UCR’s LGBTQIA community
    • Concern for LGBTQIA issues (issues of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender persons, queer people of color and general LGBTQIA political issues)

Note: Applicants of any sexual orientation or gender identity are invited to apply.

Application Process

  1. Applications are now open online by clicking here. Due Date: Friday, May 19, 2017.
  2. Complete the online application. Note: it  includes an essay of at least 750 words.
  3. A scholarship selection committee of UCR staff, faculty, and students will choose up to two scholarship recipients.
  4. Awardees will be announced at the Lambda Celebration at the end of the academic year.
  5. Funds will be transferred to the students’ business account(s) for the following fall quarter.

Questions may be directed to Nancy Tubbs, director of the LGBT Resources Center, at nancy.tubbs@ucr.edu or 951-827-2267.


2015 Lambda Scholars


Alan Mendoza

Aian transferred to UCR already an activist for LGBTQ people at their community college. They took leadership roles with Queer Alliance of UCR and later the Queer Association for Asian Pacific Islanders. They are also active as a Community OUTreach Educator/CORE member and within QTPOC of UCR. Aian’s dedication to supporting LGBTQ youth shows in their outreach to high school GSA’s.

2015 Lambda Scholars


Karina Hernandez

Karina Hernandez has leadership roles in La Familia, Queer and Trans People of Color, and Gamma Rho Lambda, as well as serving as a Peer Mentor for Chicano Student Programs. Karina advocates for healthy masculinity, especially in the Queer community.

2014 Lambda Scholars


Ash Preston & Ashlee Turner

Ash Preston is the founder of Asterisk, a UCR organization for trans* students and their allies which contributes greatly to trans* visibility and education on campus. Ash served as a T*Camp student facilitator, and is also active in TruEvolution’s Commission on Campus Equality.

Ashlee Turner holds leadership roles in Gamma Rho Lambda, Queer People of Color, and Queer Alliance. Ashlee fosters the growth of her peers, with a focus on intersections of identity and empowerment.



Jo Montoya & Jason Yuen

Jo helped launch NAMES & Neighbors, an organization for students of diverse sexualities and genders with ties to North Africa, the Middle East and the Subcontinent. Jo is active in Queer People of Color and a La Familia officer.

Jason directs Queer Alliance's “The Coming Out Monologues” and is active in the Queer Association for Asian Pacific Islanders and the Condom Co-op.



Tim Grove

Tim is a media and cultural studies/theatre double major with an LGBIT studies minor. As president of Queer Alliance, Tim is able to intertwine all of his passions into one: LGBTQIA issues, entertainment, education, advocacy, action and youth outreach. Tim also serves as an Associate Students Program board member and as the LGBIT Studies Minor Faculty Committee student representative.



Annette Pakhchian

Annette’s activism includes raising more than $4,500 for AIDS Walk LA, volunteering with Pierce VSA and Gay for Good and co-organizing a “Teach the Teachers” program where student panels discussed LGBTQIA inclusivity in the classroom. Her Queer & Middle Eastern Caucus facilitation at the 2011 Queer People of Color Conference led to an online community with a steadily growing membership.



Vincent La

ASPB Cultural Programs Director Vincent La serves on the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of LGBTs, is a peer mentor for Peer Connections and the Honors Program and co-chaired the 2011 Queer People of Color Conference. He helps provide support to students just coming out as well as campus-wide LGBT cultural programming.

2015 Lambda Scholars


Silver Aceves Reyes

Silver Aceves Reyes is an UndocuQueer student of color who has shown tremendous leadership by educating and speaking out about the UndocuQueer experience.  Silver has helped UndocuQueer voices to be heard at UCR, supporting an often invisible community.



Remie Rahman

Remie is a REACH peer educator and super Ally. She constantly seeks to learn about the LGBTQQ community and educate others around her. Remie grew up Muslim and is an "out” Ally in her community. She was the Volunteer Coordinator for the 2011 Queer People of Color Conference.

Past Scholarship Winners
We salute our past scholarship awardees. Learn more about these standout leaders and their contributions to our campus community. Help us endow the LGBTQIA Student Leadership Scholarship Fund for future leaders.

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