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Applications Available for GLBT Leadership Award

January 28, 2013

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MACOMB, IL -- Applications are being accepted for the Western Illinois University 2013 Martin Dupuis/Mukti Fund Leadership Award in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Communities. The $1,000 award recognizes a WIU student who has provided leadership for a GLBT group or with GLBT issues.

Applicants who meet the leadership criteria must be undergraduate students who will return to WIU for the 2013-2014 academic year. To be considered, students must complete an application, write a short essay and provide a resume and two letters of reference. The recipient of the award will be selected by the University Committee on Sexual Orientation. Past recipients of the award, which was first presented in 2005 to Katherine Katy Watt, include: Dylan Sparks (2012); Nick Knuffman (2011); Beric Wessley (2010); Nicholas Howard (2009); Kimberly Mecikalski (2008); James Peterson (2007); and Emily Archer (2006).

In 2004, the Mukti Board of Trustees of the Mukti Fund, a private grant-making foundation, voted to establish the Martin Dupuis Leadership Award in recognition of Dupuis' (pronounced Doop wee) service to the fund and to acknowledge the value WIU played in his professional life. The WIU Foundation received a gift of $70,000 to establish the annual award.

In 1983, Dupuis, an Albion (MI) College graduate, and Albion professor Michael Dively co-founded the Mukti Fund, which has been dedicated to expanding individual awareness and improving quality of life through community projects. They chose the name "mukti," which comes from Sanskrit, meaning liberation, said Dupuis, who has served as a trustee of the fund since its incorporation.

Dupuis served as an associate professor of political science, Pre-law Honors adviser and associate director of Western's Centennial Honors College from 1997 until 2006.

Applications, which are due March 8, are available at and in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (EOA), Sherman Hall 203. For more information, contact EOA at (309) 298-1977.

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