Louis Crompton Scholarship Fund
The Louis Crompton Scholarship Fund is the first permanently endowed
scholarship providing much needed support to gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender (GLBT) students with financial need at the University of
Established in December 2008, the fund is a tribute to Professor
Emeritus Dr. Louis Crompton,
a longtime English professor at UNL and a
pioneer in gay and lesbian studies. In 1970 he began teaching one of
the first multidisciplinary courses in the nation on homosexuality. He
also developed one of the earliest courses exploring gay and lesbian
Dr. Crompton served for 20 years as advisor to the earliest gay
student organization at UNL and helped establish the Homophobia
Awareness Committee to improve the campus climate for gay students,
faculty and staff. In 2003, Lou received the Chancellor's Award for
Outstanding Contributions to the GLBT Community. In addition to these
accomplishments, he is recognized for numerous achievements in
literature curriculum and research.
Lou died at age 84 in El Cerrito, Calif., on July 11, 2009. He is survived by his husband of 40 years, Dr. Luis Diaz-Perdomo, also a former UNL faculty member who served many years with the Counseling and Psychological Services Office and as advisor to the Gay Men's Discussion Group.
Once total gifts to the Crompton Scholarship Fund reach $25,000, it
becomes a permanently endowed fund providing annual scholarships for
deserving students on campus for generations to come. To date, more than $14,000 has been raised for scholarships that are
awarded by the Office of Student Involvement's LGBTQA Resource Center to eligible students who are members of the Queer Student Alliance or enrolled in the LGBTQA/Sexuality Studies minor.