The Veronica Marcum Scholarship Fund was created by Candy Marcum and Carolyn Hall, long-time leaders in the LGBT equality movement, to honor Candy’s mother, Veronica Marcum.


Mrs. Marcum was a Registered Nurse (RN) who served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. After the war, she married and dedicated her time to her family. Known as “Mickey” to her many friends, she kept her RN license current for twenty-five years, eventually working at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. She remained at Methodist Hospital until she retired in 1993. In retirement, she volunteered at MD Anderson Medical Center for another twenty years.


Mrs. Marcum passed away on January 24, 2018, two weeks before her 95th birthday.


The Veronica Marcum Scholarship Fund honors Veronica "Mickey" Marcum by providing scholarships to LGBT students in or entering nursing programs in Texas.

In 2014, the Board of Directors of the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce established this scholarship as a memorial to Rob Ruhlin. Rob served as the Chamber's General Counsel beginning in January 2013 and ending in October, 2014 when Rob died in a motorcycle accident.


Rob graduated from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, in 2003 with degrees in psychology, philosophy and political science. He received his Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law on June 11, 2006. Later he received a Master of Law in Taxation degree from the New York University School of Law in 2010 and was licensed to practice law in Texas, New York, several U.S. District Courts and the United States Tax Court.


The Rob Ruhlin Law Scholarship honors Rob and his commitment to equality by providing scholarships to LGBT law students in Texas.  

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Since 2011, the GLBT Chamber of Commerce Foundation (formerly GLBT Leadership Education & Advocacy Program) has granted $65,000 in educational scholarships to deserving LGBTQ students across Texas.


Foundation Scholarships are available to Texas students studying at any accredited school or certificate program. Preference is given to students who self-identify as GLBT, members of GLBT families, or allies who demonstrate significant activities in support of GLBT equality.

The GLBT Chamber of Commerce Foundation works to carry out the charitable and educational objectives of the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce, support young adults, and nurture the development of leaders in the GLBT community.


In addition to funding the Chamber Foundation Scholarships, we have assisted in supporting community causes like the One Orlando Fund following the Pulse Nightclub shooting and the 2018 Youth Homeless Count. In addition the Foundation creates community education programs like the Texas Business Equality Conference and GLBT Leadership Institute.

Veronica Marcum Scholarship Fund

Rob Ruhlin Law Scholarship Fund

Special Scholarships