2000 Matthew Shepard Scholar Galen Newton will Headline Iowa’s 2016 Matthew Shepard Scholarship Awards Dinner on Friday, June 3rd in Des Moines, Iowa. Galen Newton was one of the first three Iowa Matthew Shepard Scholarship recipients in 2000. He was recognized for his efforts to expand West Des Moines Valley High School’s harassment policy to include sexual orientation and was an active leader for the school’s first gay/straight alliance.

After changing their rules multiple times, Dowling Catholic High School is refusing to allow senior Liam Jameson to receive Iowa’s Matthew Shepard Scholarship at his school awards ceremony May 5th. The scholarship committee routinely presents awards in High Schools across Iowa as part of its mission to save lives and show Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) students they are valued and cared for.