Two retired Hood College faculty members have given $100,000 to the school to establish a LGBTQ+ scholarship.

Karen Klisch and Anne Simonsen, who are married, both previously taught at Hood. 

"As a female, lesbian, feminist, I am intimately familiar with prejudice, discrimination and oppression. Our time at Hood was very special to both of us, so we decided we could attempt a legacy with this scholarship," Klisch said in a statement. 

This is the first gift given to the college for the intended purpose of increasing inclusion. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a student who identifies as a female, first-generation college student and is either a person of color or a person who does not identify as heterosexual.

According to a press release, 30 percent of Hood’s undergraduate population are first-generation students and 38 percent of those students identify as people of color.

Maria Bernal, a senior at Hood and president of the college's Queer Student Union, said in a statement that the organization is excited about the scholarship and partnership. 

“We are thankful to be able to encourage the support of our membership through this gift, and we know that this will benefit many LGBTQ+ students in the future," Bernal said.

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