The fund was founded in September 2015 by Pride Alliance President Dane Snow to support LGBT students who face family abandonment, eviction or unemployment after coming out.
Nelson was a beloved Boise State employee who was killed on April 29, 2016. He was known for his caring nature toward others, and the fund was renamed in his memory.
A benefit concert is planned for 7 p.m. April 27 at the Knitting Factory in downtown Boise. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the all ages event.