Since our founding in 1987, the LGBTQ student experience sure has changed. Who would have predicted LGBTQ groups on every campus and growing support for transgender students?
Yet challenges remain. Over the next several months we’ll share 30 insightful stories from 30 of our Bill 7 Award advocates – compelling thoughts and words of wisdom for today's LGBTQ students and our future scholarship recipients.
Ruban Lawrence, a Bill 7 Award recipient from 2004 who now lives in Portland, Oregon, credits the Bill 7 scholarship for helping him finish his degree at a particularly challenging period in his life.
“Getting the Bill 7 Award was really the final push for me to go back to school and finish the last half of my Computer Systems Engineering degree at Carleton University in Ottawa,” explains Ruban. “I had dropped out of school because my relationship with my parents had broken down, and I had been on my own for a few years. I was looking at going back to school – but I knew I would have to pay for all the costs without any help. The Bill 7 Award was that final push I needed because it said to me, ‘Hey, you can do this!’”