Texas Tech University

David Sassano Pride Scholarship

This scholarship was established through the generosity of Austin native David Sassano, '98 alumnus of Texas Tech University. Since graduating, he has made a career as a healthcare executive. He has served for the last 10 years on the Black Tie Dinner Board of Directors, the nation's largest fundraising dinner for the LGBTQ community. David resides in Dallas with his partner, Don, and two Australian Shepherds.

This scholarship is awarded in the amount of $500. Two recipients may be chosen for the spring semester and two recipients may be chosen for the fall semester. Recipients may only be awarded the scholarship once (i.e. spring or fall, $500). The scholarship will be applied to the recipient's account by the TTU Scholarship Office.

Minimum Qualifications for consideration are:

  1. Full-time undergraduate student at Texas Tech University;
  2. A cumulative 2.75 grade point average (GPA);
  3. A statement regarding financial need and/or hardships impacting success as an undergraduate student, including discussion on how the applicant is financing college and any work history (no more than 250 words, but not fewer than 100 words);
  4. A brief essay explaining the applicant's involvement in matters particularly relevant to the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) people (no more than 500 words, but not fewer than 250);
  5. A resume that includes the applicant's extracurricular activities, honors, achievements, memberships, etc.; and
  6. Two (2) letters of recommendation.

Submit the David Sassano Scholarship application form in order to be considered for the scholarship.

Apply for Spring 2022
Submission Deadline: December 3, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Applicants authorize the Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement to examine their transcript(s) as an applicant for the scholarship.

Note to Applicants: State law requires that each student identify any relation to a current Board of Regent member. A student who is related to a current member of the governing board of that institution is prohibited from receiving scholarships unless the scholarship is awarded exclusively based on academic merit or is an athletic scholarship. It is a Class B misdemeanor to file a false statement.

Information about the David Sassano Pride Scholarship may be downloaded here (PDF file).

Past Recipients: 

Fall 2021: Alexandra Brojanac and Jane Doe (Name Not Disclosed) 

Spring 2021: LeeAnn Bowman and Hannah Thomas