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Tyler McDougald

Clemson University

English and History



Arnold T. Schwab Endowed Scholarship

Tyler was born and raised in Greenville, SC. It was not until he began studying English and History at Clemson University that he found a supportive, queer community to belong to. Tyler quickly engaged with his community, hosting an event which supplied holiday food for LGBTQ+ students who would not be welcomed home. Seeking to create a more inclusive and supportive university, he founded and currently serves as president of Clemson Rainbow Fellowship, South Carolina's only LGBTQ+ collegiate mentorship program. In addition to Clemson Rainbow Fellowship, he has sought and served in multiple leadership positions within Clemson Undergraduate Student Government, and will serve as the Senate Inclusion and Equity Chair during the 2020-2021 school year. Tyler has also engaged extensively with the academy while at Clemson, planning an LGBTQIA+ Living Learning Community, multiple queer-centered classes, and will complete an honors thesis on queer themes in horror literature during the 2020-2021 school year. After graduation, Tyler hopes to attend law school with a focus on public service, and plans to use his education and privileges to better the station of LGBTQ+ individuals who find themselves without, with a particular interest in the decriminalization of HIV. When not working or studying, Tyler often takes advantage of student ticket opportunities at local theaters, hanging out with friends, or lounging with his dog, Elvira.

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