Gay Teen Can't Accept Matthew Shepard Scholarship On Stage
A gay Iowa teen has been told he will not be able to receive the Matthew Shepard Scholarship at his Catholic high school's award ceremony.
"Prince of Peace Catholic school senior Keaton Fuller was initially told that he could accept the scholarship at his school's awards ceremony on May 20. According to the Eychaner Foundation of Des Moines, which granted the scholarship, Fuller even learned of the scholarship from his school, and the principal issued a statement to notify the scholarship committee that he could accept the award at the ceremony.
But weeks later, the opportunity to formally accept the scholarship at his high school has been revoked after pressure from the local Catholic diocese.
"It is difficult to understand how after I have spent 13 years at this school and worked hard during all of them, I would be made to feel that my accomplishments are less than everybody else’s," Fuller wrote in a letter to the student body and staff. "This whole ordeal has been incredibly hurtful, and I am even sadder that this will be one of my last experiences to remember my high school years by."'