Inside Spelman

Lexus Phillips, C’2017, considers herself a “tiny” titan. At 5 feet tall, what Phillips lacks in height she makes up for with her personality and compassion for others. As the first Spelman College student selected to receive an Arcus Foundation scholarship, Phillips is now eager to use her platform to become a voice for the voiceless and an advocate for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer student community.

“I’ve found that my purpose in life is living for others, and I want my work to speak for those who cannot,” said Phillips, a comparative women’s studies major and sociology minor from Memphis, Tennessee, whose scholarship covers tuition and room and board. “This scholarship represents that Spelman is taking a step in being more progressive and consciously and deliberately inclusive of LGBTQ students. It’s a symbol and a milestone for being part of that change on campus.”

Established at Spelman in 2014, the Arcus Foundation scholarship provides financial assistance to a student who has shown promise as a strong leader and advocate for the LGBTQ community. read more