LULAC Lambda Awards Two Scholarships
to DC Area LGBTQ Latinx Students
A future foreign policy maker and a future federal education executive have been selected by LULAC Lambda for its annual scholarship. The LGBTQ+ Latinx organization chose D.C. residents Brian Castro and Javier Rodriguez based on their academic merit and work in the community.
“For a fourth year in a row, LULAC Lambda will provide scholarships to outstanding scholars who come from our LGBTQ+Latinx community. Our scholarship program will help these scholars achieve their academic goals and reduce their student debt,” said Erik Rodriquez, LULAC Lambda president. “We want to thank the BHT Foundation and LULAC Lambda supporters who have kept this scholarship alive.”
Thanks to the generosity of the BHT Foundation, LULAC Lambda was able to award funds during a year when fundraising and events came to a standstill because of the pandemic.
"The generous scholarship provided by LULAC Lambda will complement my studies by going directly into my tuition costs. Though I have been a resident of Washington D.C. working full-time at a leading public health consulting firm, I am grateful to have received the support from an organization that is also committed to social justice,” said Castro, who will attend Georgetown University. He will receive $1,000 from LULAC Lambda.
Rodriguez will receive $1,300 for his doctoral work at Florida State University. “I will utilize the funds awarded by this scholarship to offset the cost of tuition and book expenses! Doing my best to not take any loans and graduate debt-free,” said Rodriguez.
LULAC Lambda is one of 1,000 chapters across the U.S. affiliated with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the nation’s largest and oldest Latinx volunteer-based civil rights organization. One of the goals of LULAC is to increase access to education, so it encourages local chapters like LULAC Lambda to sponsor scholarships.