Tony Vedda

Fewer students than expected have applied for college scholarships through a program run by the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce.

The Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Leadership Education & Advocacy Program (GLBT LEAP) is offering up to $7,500 in scholarships this year in its first-ever award cycle. GLBT LEAP is the chamber’s scholarship and leadership development organization.

The deadline to apply for scholarships is Oct. 15, and Tony Vedda, president and CEO of the chamber, said today he’s been underwhelmed by the number of applications.

“There’s still another week,” Vedda said. “We’d sure like to see some more applications, because we want to give some people some money.”

The scholarships are open to all Texas residents beginning or continuing undergraduate work in January. Applicants will be evaluated based on financial need, academic achievement and community service. Preference will be given to LGBT students, members of LGBT families and allies who’ve been strongly supportive of the community.

To apply for a GLBT LEAP scholarship, complete the 2011 Scholarship Application Form at

Applications must be postmarked by Oct. 15. Completed applications should be sent to Leadership Education & Advocacy Program, ATTN: Scholarships, 3824 Cedar Springs Road, Ste. 417, Dallas, TX 75219.

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