The gay student who comes out during college may have to drop out — if Mom and Dad pull their financial support.

Helping such students was the impetus behind a scholarship program established by the  University of Missouri-Kansas City four years ago. Although campus officials don’t know exactly how many similar programs may exist across the country, “we know that such programs are not common,” Kristi Ryujin, assistant vice chancellor in the Division of Diversity, Access and Equity, told me.

The official name for the scholarship is the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer & Questioning Intersex and Ally (LGBTQIA) Pride Empowerment Scholarship Program, and Thursday’s annual Pride Empowerment Breakfast — the scholarship’s major funding source — has been sold out for days.

Diana Reese is a freelance journalist in Overland Park, Kan. Follow her on Twitter at @dianareese.