The purpose of the Crompton/Diaz-Perdomo Scholarship is to honor true heroes in LGBTQA+ rights and leaders in academics, and to inspire change and inclusion for students interested in and working toward a more inclusive, welcoming, and socially just environment for the LGBTQA+ community.
The Crompton/Diaz-Perdomo Scholarship is to be given to a student who is enrolled in the LGBTQ/Sexuality Studies minor, a member of an LGBTQA+ Registered Student Organization, and/or a student staff and/or volunteer at the LGBTQA+ Center at UNL. The student must be attending UNL during the academic year that the scholarship is provided, must maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average, and carry a minimum of 12 credit hours. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need as defined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Selection will be based on integrity and honesty, support and inclusion of the LGBTQA+ community, and participation in UNL LGBTQA+ community activities.
The Louis Crompton/Luis Diaz-Perdomo Scholarship (formerly the Louis Crompton Scholarship) was initiated by Ryan Fette and Fred Schneider with assistance and support from Pat Tetreault and the University of Nebraska Foundation. Established in 2009, the scholarship is now endowed (as of 2013 and increased from $500 to $1,500) and is a permanent scholarship. Each year, applications will be accepted and a qualified recipient will be awarded $1,500 ($750 each semester to be credited toward the student’s tuition and fees).
|Louis Crompton Scholarship Recipients:|
|2014-2015||Dylan "Dizzy" Roberson|
|2016-2017||Sheanna (Shea) O’Brien|
Contributions to the Louis Crompton/Luis Diaz-Perdomo Scholarship Fund may be made at https://nufoundation.org/unl/lqbtqa-resource-center. Gifts made payable to the University of Nebraska Foundation may also be sent to: Louis Crompton Scholarship Fund, University of Nebraska Foundation, 1010 Lincoln Mall Ste 300, Lincoln NE 68508.
About Louis Crompton and Luis Diaz-Perdomo
Louis Crompton was an extraordinary pioneer of gay studies and an international scholar of nineteenth-century British literature. Born in Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada on April 5, 1925 to Clarence Crompton, Master Mariner, and Mabel Crompton, Dr. Crompton demonstrated excellence throughout his life. After graduating from the University of Toronto with a M.A. in mathematics (1948) and from the University of Chicago with a Ph.D. in English (1954), Dr. Crompton began his long career to become an incredible scholar and an honored professor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln community. His awards include the Frank H. Woods Foundation Fellowship, the Phi Beta Kappa Christian Gauss Award for Literary Criticism for 1969 (for his book, Shaw the Dramatist), the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to the GLBT Community in 2003, the Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity in 1986, and the Bonnie Zimmerman and Vern L. Bullough prize of the Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality award for 2003 (for his book, Homosexuality and Civilization that covers 2500 years of world history).
Crompton became an inspiring figure at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 1970, he started the second gay studies course in the nation at UNL (Pro-seminar in Homophile Studies), which became a heated debated topic for Nebraska’s elections that year (a bill was introduced that year to ban the teaching of homosexuality at any state college, but it failed). He also became the faculty advisor for the Gay Action Group which would become the Gay/Lesbian Student Association, Spectrum, the Queer Student Alliance, the Queer Ally Coalition, and is currently known as Spectrum UNL. Crompton also was a figure in founding the UNL Homophobia Awareness Committee which would become the Committee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns, a committee that seeks to provide inclusion and a safe environment for the LGBTQ community at UNL. Crompton also co-founded the Gay and Lesbian Caucus of the Modern Language Association in 1974.
Crompton’s beloved husband of 40 years, Dr. Luis Diaz-Perdomo, was also a former faculty member at UNL who also served many years with Counseling and Psychological Services at UNL, facilitated the Gay Men’s Discussion Group, and was a member of the Committee on GLBT Concerns. In 2017, the name of the scholarship was changed to recognize Diaz-Perdomo alongside Crompton.
Louis Crompton spent much of his career working for social justice and inclusion for students, staff and faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and to educate others to inspire this type of environment. These are characteristics that indicate an honorable citizen and wonderful human being and we want to support and encourage others who similarly want to contribute to the LGBTQA+ community. This scholarship is in honor of his compassion, grace, scholarship and nobility, and we are honored and grateful to be able to provide this scholarship in his memory.