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Who we are


The QU Scholarship Fund is a post-secondary scholarship program designed to promote scholastic excellence of Arizona LGBT youth regardless of financial, social or personal backgrounds. Created by Dr. Shel-Don J. Legarreta and Dr. Kevin Axx in early 2012, QU provides monetary awards and mentoring support to Arizona LGBT youth earning college, university or vocational degrees or certificates.


Our partnership with ACF


QU Scholarship Fund partners with the Arizona Community Foundation (ACF) to professionally manage and safeguard our charitable assets. Founded in the late 1970s, ACF works to improve the quality of life in Arizona by promoting and facilitating effective philanthropy.  

ACF is confirmed in compliance with the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations, voluntarily adopting policies and procedures to guarantee that they conduct business not only legally, but ethically.

The Advisory Board


This all-volunteer group serves the QU Scholarship Fund through decision making, time and talent.

Kevin Axx 

Belle Edson 

Patty Finkenstadt

Calvin Goetz (co-chair)

Shel-don Legarreta (co-chair) 

Jorge Meza 

Rody Randon 



The generosity of our Arizona LGBT and Allies community continues to astound us. Since 2012, we have raised nearly $375,000, with $90,000 given out in scholarships and another $285,000 going to meet our endowment goal.

Community Partnerships


QU is proud of our active partnerships. 

Alphagraphics on University

Arcadia Endodontics

Ayers Saint Gross



Gorman Co.

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams


Strategy Financial Group

Tyler Allen Law Firm

Donate to QU Scholarship Fund

Other than a small fee to ACF to manage our assets and scholarships, all monies donated to the QU Scholarship Fund go directly to scholarships. There is no other overhead.

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