Master of Social Work student Marcellus Rose has received a 2013 Acorn Equality Fund scholarship.
The awards are designed to provide academic financial support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered students; their allies; or the children of gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered parents.
School of Social Work Director Diane Zosky recommended Rose.
“Four characteristics come to mind first and foremost when I think about why I can give Marcellus a positive recommendation,” Zosky said. “He is intelligent, hardworking, conscientious, and social justice oriented.”
Zosky said Rose has demonstrated through his academic and work performance to be highly motivated and dedicated to developing a career of promoting positive change with vulnerable people.
“It is my opinion that he has the intellectual capacity, maturity, and dedication to excel in the social work profession,” Zosky said. “Acorn Equality Fund’s investment in Marcellus will be an investment in the future of many young people striving to persevere, despite society’s injustice.”
The Acorn Equality Fund, established in 1999, is a grassroots organization that provides financial support for the advancement of the education, health, and civil rights of gay, lesbian, and transgender persons and their allies in downstate Illinois.