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Jacob Malone to Receive John Plummer Memorial Scholarship

Senior honored for efforts to make Wooster’s campus more welcoming for LGBT community

September 17, 2013 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — Jacob Malone, a senior English and mathematics double major at The College of Wooster, has been chosen to receive the sixth annual John Plummer Memorial Scholarship in recognition of his efforts to make Wooster’s campus more welcoming for members of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) community. Established in 2008, the scholarship honors the 1964 Wooster graduate who worked in the College’s business office for 36 years.

Malone served for two years as president of Spectrum, an on-campus organization that supports people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions. Under his leadership, Spectrum's financial resources and profile on campus grew considerably. He also helped to organize educational panels, establish safe spaces, and bring a number of LGBT speakers to campus. In addition, he was a driving force behind Spectrum's Policy Committee, which successfully brought a change to the Scot's Key anti-discrimination and sexual harassment clauses, adding gender identity and expression to the former and gender-neutral language to the latter.

Off campus, Malone served as a mentor to Wooster High School's Gay-Straight Alliance, helping the students with advice on personal issues and educating them about LGBT issues, etiquette, and culture. He also helped the Wooster chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) raise its profile and gain recognition across campus.

“Jacob has helped the College make huge strides in becoming a more open and welcoming environment for LGBT people,” said Sarah Hunt, a 2012 Wooster graduate. “He worked tirelessly to bring a variety of speakers to campus, and reached out to more than 40 other campus organizations and departments to plan events and forge connections that Spectrum still utilizes today.”

The John Plummer Memorial Scholarship was established through the efforts of Hans Johnson, a 1992 Wooster graduate, and many other friends and colleagues. During his four decades at Wooster, Plummer worked closely with students as treasurer of Campus Council and as a mentor to the College's LBGT student community. In his memory, income from the scholarship is awarded annually to a sophomore, junior, or senior who promotes a more open and respectful campus environment, regardless of the student's sexual orientation. Recipients are selected on the basis of recommendations by the scholarship's advisory committee.