The Akron, Ohio chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) has given $30,000 to endow a scholarship for students enrolled in Kent State University's LGBT Studies minor.

The school's program was the first of its kind in Ohio when the small-town college created it in 2001. In March, university officials opened the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Student Center as part of a universitywide diversity initiative.

“We are impressed with Kent State's outreach to the LGBT community, particularly the LGBTQ Student Center,” PFLAG President-elect Rabbi David Horowitz said in a statement. “Kent State is friendly and embracing of the LGBT community.”

“We hope that as more students increase their knowledge of the LGBT community, it will broaden that information throughout the general public,” he added. “The more people are educated, the more people will teach, the more people will understand LGBT issues and equality in America.”

“By making this gift to Kent State, we're encouraging others to contribute,” Ed Kancler, president of PFLAG's Akron chapter, said. “We believe that with our contacts we can generate money for the fund, and we hope Kent State alumni and community members will help, too.”