Who We Are
The GLBT Chamber of Commerce Foundation is proudly supported by the Members and Staff of the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce.
Recognizing that today’s students are tomorrow’s business and community leaders, GLBT Chamber of Commerce Foundation (formerly GLBT Leadership Education & Advocacy Program) was created by North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce. The Foundation works to carry out the charitable and educational objectives of the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce, support young adults, and nurture the development of leaders in the GLBT community.
We create leadership programming and educational events. We award educational scholarships to GLBT and Allied students, who exhibit leadership potential, demonstrate strong academic abilities, and who are actively involved in school and community organizations.
Since 2011 the Foundation as granted more than $75,000 in scholarships to deserving Texas students. Applicants are evaluated on demonstrated financial need, academic achievement and involvement in community service. Preference is given to students who self-identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, members of GLBT families, or allies who have been strongly supportive of the GLBT community.
Our Board of Directors
Larry Paschall, Board Chair
"The GLBT Chamber of Commerce Foundation is important to me because we are able to impact future community leaders through the Foundation Scholarship Program. I am proud the Foundation is developing the next generation of GLBT leaders by assisting with educational costs and through the Texas Business Equality Conference and GLBT Leadership Institute."
Justin "JT" Williams
Chamber Board Chair
"GLBTQIA+ youth frequently experience hurdles in the path to higher education and a better, more productive life. The Foundation helps alleviate the struggle to succeed in this adverse environment. This is why I serve on the Foundation Board.”
Robert Stutz, CPA, Treasurer
"LGBT young people are especially vulnerable to financial instability. By providing educational scholarships and leadership training, the Foundation is working to make our next generation of leaders connected to the community and highly successful. ”
J. Waylon Tate
"Education and community engagement are two areas where we can make a huge impact on the future. The GLBT Chamber of Commerce Foundation provides the tools to achieve those goals.”