This year, in the 20th Anniversary of the Pride Foundation Scholarship Program, our community review teams awarded $403,000 to 89 LGBTQ and Ally students across the Northwest.

 

Your 2013 Pride Foundation Scholars are:

Originally from small-town Elysian Fields, Texas, Daryious Anderson completed Elysian Fields High School and matriculated immediately to Seattle University.  He is seeking to enroll/transfer to the University of Washington, where his interests lie in neurobiology.  He has climbed to the glass ceiling for his education, devoted himself to extracurricular activities such as political theory debate, language studies, and neurobiological research.  Daryious received the Brian M. Day Scholarship

 

Mick Arieta is a 27-year old queer, Latino, community organizer and student at the Evergreen State College. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree with a concentration in public policy and sustainability. His career interest in advocacy and policy work began with his gender transition and experience as a NYC activist. Mick dedicates his time to promote social and economic justice for LGBTQ and immigrant communities. He is involved with the Queer & Trans People of Color student group and hopes to bring greater visibility to the transgender community.  Mick received the Washington Regional & Pride Foundation Community Scholarships

 

Looking back at their experiences, Lark Ballinger realizes that they are like a maple tree: even when weathered by life’s winds, they managed to keep on oozing goodness, scarred trunk notwithstanding. The seeds of their existence were planted in Chicago, but it’s here on the Left Coast that they have blossomed. They decided to continue their growth in Washington State or California studying psychology and theatre. After completing their BA, they will stretch their branches toward a PhD in clinical psychology, picking up an MA in drama therapy on the way. Their dreams of the future believe the realities of their past. Just like a tree, Lark survived storms of yesteryear can be read in the rings of their age. Yet they withstood that and more. Sheltering others beneath their branches helped their trunk thicken. A wind-battered sapling no longer, they began to acknowledge their hardwood status. When an opportunity arose for them to move to Seattle and get back in school, they embraced it. Becoming a full-time student at Seattle Central Community College quickened their purpose. Their branches quivered with a mixture of humility and pride upon making the Dean’s List. Despite Lark’s accomplishments, there are times when they forget that they are like a maple tree. That’s when they remind themselves of the syrup they produce, of the folks they shelter, of the enduring quality of their scarred trunk. That’s when they shake my branches and laugh in the face of the wind. That’s when they grow on.  Lark received the Brian M. Day & Pride Foundation Community Scholarships

 

Trevor Bateman is a student at Southern Oregon University. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Music Instruction and will be graduating in spring of 2013. Trevor is originally from San Antonio, Texas although he grew up in Sheridan, Wyoming. He graduated from Sheridan High School in 2008 and after graduating, attended Sheridan College, where he earned an Associates of Fine Arts Degree with an emphasis in Music in 2010. While at Sheridan College, Trevor also had the opportunity to found the college’s first Gay Straight Alliance. After receiving his Associate’s Degree, Trevor transferred to Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. Trevor Bateman’s primary instrument is the saxophone and he enjoys playing in a number of ensembles at SOU including the SOU Symphonic Band, the Siskiyou Saxophone Orchestra, and the SOU Saxophone Quartet. He is also active with Southern Oregon University’s Queer Resource Center, working as a staff member there. Trevor has been accepted into Southern Oregon University’s Master of Arts in Teaching program and will begin attending in Summer of 2013 receiving an emphasis is music. Ultimately, he would like to pursue a career as a Music Teacher.  Trevor received the Dennis Coleman Scholarship

 

Oscar Beltran was born in Tepic, Nayarit Mexico and moved to the United States at a very young age. Being the eldest child, Oscar was the chosen one to learn English and become the family translator and helper. This was a challenge all on its own, but Oscar also faced the fact of being Latino and Gay, hand having experienced racism and other forms of -isms. However, Oscar was able to overcome those painful challenges with their personal strengths and with a support system. Oscar is currently attending Clark College in Vancouver, WA and plans on attending Portland State University in Oregon this upcoming fall. Oscar is pursuing a career in Business Administration and Fashion Design. Because Oscar has experienced such hardships, Oscar has the knowledge and understanding to be an advocate for people like themself. Oscar is currently planning a Fashion/Art and Dance show to help the local Youth Suicide Hotline.  Oscar received the Pride Foundation Community Scholarship

 

Derek Blechinger believes in the social justice opportunities medicine offers. The powerful role a physician can play inspires him to become not only an exemplary diagnostician, but a compassionate healer for those marginalized by their sexuality or gender. Derek is an out gay man and began his career in Minneapolis where he spent 6 years providing HIV/STD testing, online outreach, and support groups for HIV+ gay/bi men struggling with addiction. His work has given him insight into how stigma, mental health, and minority stress contribute to the unique health disparities experienced by LGBTQ people. Derek is a third year student at University of Washington School of Medicine and during his time in school has created the Qriculum Project for integration of LGBT health content into the required medical curriculum at UWSOM. He works part-time with the Seattle Public Health Department conducting late-night outreach HIV/STD testing at the local bathhouses and was recently awarded the Excellence in Public Health Award from the United States Public Health Service for his work co-founding the UW TEST Program, a medical student-run outreach HIV testing program that provides free rapid HIV testing at a local LGBT community center in Seattle. Derek hopes to split his future clinical work between HIV specialty care, trans hormone management, and LGBT primary care.  Derek received the Robert Browning Scholarship

 

Candice Brings Plenty’s home town is Oglala, SD on the Pine Ridge Reservation. She is an Oglala Lakota Sioux, a descendant of Crazy Horse’s band. She attended Red Cloud High School and graduated first in her class, and went on to graduate from the Oglala Lakota College. Candice emphasized her studies on Tribal Laws & Treaties as she was enamored at the validity of tribal sovereign nations. She is now currently a graduate student at Portland State University in her second term. Candice’s field of study is focused on Indian Health Policy and is pursuing her graduate degree in the Masters of Public Administration – Health Administration. She is enriched in her Lakota culture and spirituality. She strives to be a role model and utilize the term Independent Lakota Woman to describe herself as she is her own distinct entity who walks the path with courage, conviction and the strength of her elders. As an active member of her traditional ceremonies, she has grown up seeing first hand that Two-Spirit individuals have their place in every society and ceremony; it was unknown to her that there was a world of segregation, discrimination, and fear to be openly Two-Spirit until she moved to Portland, OR. Since high school, Candice has been a natural leader and continued her role into college, continuing to excel and take her place within leadership roles. She displays herself openly and publicly as a Lakota lesbian leader who thrives and is not afraid to be the voice of her people in any situation and for every person who can’t speak on behalf of themselves.  Candice received the Phoenix Benner Native and First Nations, Political Leadership, & Pride Foundation Community Scholarships

 

Emilee Buchanan is a sophomore at Pacific University. She is a music education major and is looking to teach high school music programs in the future. Throughout high school, she learned of her love for music and used it to help her through many hard times. Because she went through so much with the loss of her best friend in her sophomore year of high school, Emilee truly focused on being a better musician. She was in Tacoma Youth Symphony for three years and was also selected as a participant in Western International Band Clinic for three years. These accomplishments, along with many others, have made her the person she is and music is the driving force behind her lifestyle.  Emilee received the Rainbow City Band Scholarship

 

Margaret “Miki” Cabell is a woman of mixed heritage, and was a child who walked the border lands of two worlds, seldom fully accepted to either; as a child, she was deeply conflicted as a person of two cultures. Her mother was an immigrant from Ireland, and her father was Native. While she was a child, education was never a priority. The reservation where Miki grew up was saturated with poverty, violence, deep­‐seated prejudice, and historical trauma. She is deeply committed to being a voice, which can assist in the exodus from fear into one of promise and hope to her people in the future. Education is an important component her communities must have in the de‐colonization process.  Miki received the Don Renschler & Pride Foundation Community Scholarships

 

Amanda Campos is Costa Rican by birth, but was raised in Portland Oregon, and spent the greater portion of her high school years in Yakima, WA. She currently attends the University of Washington, where she is working toward a double degree in Philosophy and Political Science. From there, she hopes to earn a law degree and become a practicing lawyer.  Amanda received the Barbara Bailey & Washington Regional Scholarships

 

Danielle Carver was born-and-raised a Spokane-ite. A first generation college student and a person who identifies as a lesbian, Danielle seeks to make Spokane a more welcoming community and more comfortable place for GLBTQA folks to live, in particular the youth. She is currently headed into her senior year of her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work with a Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies at Eastern Washington University, where she will then move onto seeking a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Danielle has overcome many hardships and life’s obstacles to get this far today and feels very blessed to belong to a community who truly has believed in her!  Carver received the Donald O. Coffman, Soaring Heart, & Social Work Scholarships

 

Audrey Chavarria Calderon is currently a Running Start student at Highline Community College and planning on earning a Bachelor’s degree in the field of Computer Science/Engineering at the University of Washington. He was born in Mexico City, but his family decided to move to Montgomery, Alabama in search of a better life. While in Alabama, Audrey became aware of his identity as a young gay Latino man. Audrey was faced with two challenges: a risen wave of anti-immigrant laws that sought to prevent students like him from attending college and earning a professional degree, and a community that was hostile to members of the LGBTQ community. Both of these challenges lead Audrey and his family to seek opportunities in a new place; as Audrey describes it, “a fresh new home in Washington.” Through his interactions with many welcoming and friendly Washingtonians, Audrey became involved in organizations like Proud, Out and Wonderful LGBTQ club, the Latin@ Educational Achievement Project, and the Burien Library Advisory Board. From a very young age, Audrey developed a passionate desire for bringing about changes into the world and helping others around him so that they don’t have to face the similar challenges by themselves. That is why his life consists of time for personal activities, career development, and community service and involvement.  Audrey received the Washington Regional & Pride Foundation Community Scholarships

 

Julian Chavez-Gamez is from Moses Lake, WA and is currently majoring in Social Welfare at the University of Washington. This year, Julian joined Delta Lambda Phi, the social fraternity for gay, bisexual, and progressive men at the UW campus. They participate in philanthropic events relating to the LGBT community. He was recently accepted to study abroad in Italy this summer.  Julian received the Emmerson Hoopes Scholarship

 

Lee-Ling Chen comes from Taiwan. She is currently pursuing a Master of Nursing degree and a graduate certificate in the HIV and STI program through the school of Public Health at the University of Washington. Her research interests include women with HIV/STIs and wound/ostomy nursing care. She currently works on her graduate thesis, “A Retrospective Chart Review of hospital-based wound discharge planning and 7 or 30-day readmission rates;” and a HIV/STIs Certificate capstone, “The impact of quality of life in Stress and coping among HIV-positive women and men in China”. She was elected as a 2012-2013 Event Co-Chair of GPSS Rainbowgrads at the UW and she collaborated with graduate students from different disciplines to create and facilitate school events. Creating a safe zone on campus and supporting the efforts to implement same-sex marriage are two of the primary topics that she cares most about in relationship to the U.S. and Taiwan’s LGBTQ communities.  Lee-Ling received the James and Colin Lee Wozumi Scholarship

 

Javier Clawson grew up in the greater Seattle area of the Pacific Northwest and is currently attending North Seattle Community College. As a transgender Latino, he is enthusiastically pursuing an education so he can become a nurse practitioner in a community health clinic serving other queer folks from marginalized communities. As a result of the increased militarization of the US-Mexico border, racism, abuse, and transphobia, Javier is alienated from most of his family members. He is specifically pursuing a Pride Foundation scholarship in hopes of getting the funding he needs to become fluent in Spanish again, a language he lost in becoming alienated from his family. Recently, Javier has been working to provide low/no-cost community healthcare education and advocacy for his community with Rhizobia Health Collective, and also started volunteering at the Country Doctor Youth Clinic, providing services to houseless/insecurely housed youth, many of whom are LGBTQI.  Javier received the Transgender Identified Scholarship

 

Michael Daellenbach, from Beaverton, OR, is currently graduating from Beaverton High School and will attend Lewis and Clark College, majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science. He has done extensive volunteering, including at his city’s Youth Peer Court, the City Attorney’s Office of Beaverton, scout camp, and a camp for special needs youth and young adults. Michael has taken a number of Advanced Placement classes, earning the AP Scholar with Distinction award. One of his biggest challenges has been reconciling his gender identity as he transitions from female to male. He plans on staying as an advocate for the queer community throughout his entire life in addition to attending graduate school and becoming a college-level math professor.  Michael received the Kathy Spadoni Memorial Scholarship

 

Growing up in Missoula, Montana, Courtney Damron has experienced outstanding support from educators and mentors throughout her studies, and volunteering in the community and state government. In Missoula, she has had the opportunity to work with outstanding leaders who have taught her to effectively advocate politically and socially, to increase support for individuals with disabilities and for the LGBTQ community in the state. As a student at the University of Montana, she currently represents students with disabilities and occupies a continuation of student voice for increased accessibility in the built physical and virtual campus environments. As ADSUM Director, Courtney has found an important focus for completing her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology by exploring the role historic and contemporary disability rights advocacy has provided to increase accessibility; ADSUM has also informed an additional educational goal to pursue a Juris Doctorate in Disability Law. After completing her education, Courtney plans to work as an attorney, practicing disability law in education and employment, working to improve access for individuals with disabilities in and beyond Montana. Understanding her responsibility to offer empowering mentorship to youth in Missoula and in Montana, this coming May she will represent ADSUM and offer post-secondary outreach in Montana High Schools, speaking to students with disabilities planning to attend college and providing insight for transitioning into higher education with a disability.  Courtney received the Montana Regional & Pride Foundation Community Scholarships

 

Tammy Davis was born and raised in Klamath Falls, Oregon, and attended Klamath Union High School. In the fall, she will be attending Oregon State University in order to pursue a bachelor’s degree in clothing design and business. The arts are extremely important to her, and she is very heavily involved with Linkville Playhouse, the local community theatre, and is also a visual artist.  Tammy received the Oregon Regional, Paul Arnold Memorial, & Pride Foundation Community Scholarships

 

Carina del Rosario was born in the Philippines and immigrated to the United States with her family when she was six years old. Growing up away from her extended family, she has long been focused on the human need to belong. Her experiences with both discrimination and dislocation have fueled her activism and art. Her latest project is called “Passport Series,” which will be exhibited at the Wing Luke Asian Museum’s “Under My Skin: Artists Explore Race in the 21st Century,” May 10 through November 17, 2013. In this series, Carina collaborated with transgender people of color to create identity papers that more fully reflect how they individually want to present themselves to the world. She plans to continue to work and expand on the “Passport Series.” In May, 2013, the International Examiner is presenting her with its Community Voice Award for an Individual Artist and she has been recognized by the Children’s Alliance for her youth advocacy work. Carina graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. She plans to advance her studio art practice at Pratt Fine Arts in Seattle, Washington, and with an artist residency at Arquetopia in Oaxaca, Mexico, with the hope of strengthening her portfolio for admission to a Master of Fine Arts program.  Carina received the Asian and Pacific Islander Queer Sisters Scholarship

 

Mykhiel Deych has come a long way, literally and metaphysically, to get to this point in life. Having immigrated to the Unites States as a young child, they overcame language barriers and isolation to make it through to higher education. They dropped out of high school and took a full decade to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree from The Evergreen State College. However, school itself wasn’t the struggle; it was the challenge of surviving poverty and a low sense of self-worth that made for an arduous path. After receiving a Follett Fellowship to obtain their MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago, they found the work of connecting to, supporting, and mentoring youth to be the most fulfilling to date. Mykhiel is driven to work with youth because they understand the importance of sending high school students out into the world with a solid sense of self-worth and a plan for enacting the future they really want. Mykhiel hopes to be a resource, ally, advocate, and educator to all students but especially at-risk, underprivileged and/or minority youth. Mykhiel knows all too well the ripple effects of irreversible bad choices. They are now pursuing a Masters of Art in Teaching Language Arts for Middle Level and High School at Lewis & Clark College. They hope to support youth to access resources and start their early adulthoods off on the best foot possible.  Mykhiel received the Pride Foundation Community Scholarship

 

Although not initially from Alaska, Christopher Dietrich has grown to consider his hometown to be Anchorage. He has lived many places as a child being raised in a military family. He graduated from Gulf Breeze High School in Florida. He is attending the University of Washington School of Medicine, MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Training Program. During this final year, he will be traveling on rotations throughout Alaska. Part of his interning will include: Anchorage, Dutch Harbor, Haines, Kenai Peninsula, and Wasilla. Christopher’s ambition is to be a GLBT primary care provider with a specialty in infectious disease/HIV in Alaska. His accolades have included the following: 2011, 2012 Alaska State Employee Association Local 52 Scholarship Award, 2012 Imperial Court of All of Alaska Scholarship Award, 2012 LGBT PA Caucus Leadership Award, and 2012 American Association of Physician Assistants HOD Student Delegate. As with most of us, life has not always come without challenges. One of the biggest challenges has been the past year: he has had an intensive schedule including being employed and fulltime academics in excess of 19 credits each quarter. One of his biggest goals in the pursuit of medicine is to ensure the rights and the inclusion of the medical needs for both the LGBT and HIV communities.  Christopher received the Alaska Regional, James Crump Memorial, & Pride Foundation Community Scholarships

 

Throughout his life, Aaron Evans has encountered challenges and hardships due to being an African American gay male. Growing up in the small town of Colville Washington forced him to become aware of racism, homophobia, and bigotry in the world at a very young age.  However, dealing with these hardships has forced him to learn how to persevere and rise above the negativity and remain focused on his goal and dreams. He currently plans on attending South Puget Sound Community College or Seattle Community College to pursue a business degree.  Aaron received the Brian M. Day Scholarship

 

Arden Evans is from Redmond, Washington and went to Lake Washington High School. Ze will be attending Green River Community College next to year to earn hir associates degree in aviation technology to become an air traffic controller. Today, ze is a leader in both hir high school’s queer-straight alliance and volunteering in hir community. Arden has overcome physical disability and injury to become the athlete and student ze is today.  Arden received the Bellevue PFLAG Scholarship

 

Fievel Jack Finley is a fierce activist who grew up queer and trans* on a fruit farm in South Haven, Michigan. After graduating from the University of Michigan in 2009 with an Honors B.A. in Psychology and focus on LGBTQ and Sexuality Studies, they headed out to the West Coast and has been knee-deep in Seattle social justice work ever since. In particular, Fievel Jack is passionate about engaging in liberatory and anti-oppressive work toward transformative justice, ending LGBTQ youth homelessness, building accessible movements for social change, and food justice through urban community gardening. This fall, they will be entering their second year of the University of Washington Master of Social Work program.  Fievel Jack received the Emmerson Hoopes Scholarship

 

Juan Franco was born in Bogotá, Colombia, and moved to Seattle at a young age. He is working towards a BFA at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and during the Fall of 2013, he will be in New York City at the New York Residency Program. In the Spring, he will return to Seattle for his Senior BFA exhibition in May. As a multi-disciplinary artist, Juan generally uses photography, performance, and sculpture as structures to make his work. As an artist, he frames what others choose to disregard consciously or coercively in order to explore and understand identity.  Juan received the Bill Bendiner and Doug Morgenson & Visual Arts Scholarships

 

Born in a small farming town in Eastern Washington where much of his family still lives, Kyle Fuhriman has spent the majority of his life living in the town of Hilo, Hawaii, where he graduated with highest honors with a degree in philosophy from the University of Hawaii – Hilo. During the course of studying for his BA, he had the opportunity to work as an academic tutor working with students from at-risk backgrounds. Continuing his desire to work with these populations, he began studying health care with the goal of increasing access and advocating for equitable distribution of medical resources for vulnerable populations. That path took him to the University of Alaska – Fairbanks where he will graduate this year with a Master’s degree with a concentration in health care delivery focused on indigenous and rural communities. Next year, Kyle will begin working on a nursing degree at the University of Hawaii with the intention of returning to Alaska and working in isolated locations. After struggling with his own sexual orientation and not being aware of the support systems available, he has committed time and energy to supporting LGBTQ individuals in whatever capacity is needed.  Kyle has received the Vazquez Pride in Health & Pride Foundation Community Scholarships

 

Erving Gada was born in Illinois and attended school at Grayslake North High. She traveled across the United States for several years and in that time she has worked in hostels, seen the redwoods, met amazing people of diverse background and identity, fallen in love with the desert, completed the AmeriCorps NCCC program, interned on organic farms in Hawaii, and begun to make her home in Portland. She is currently enrolled in Portland Community College’s welding program, and will begin majoring in metals at the Oregon College of Art and Craft next year. Art, reading, and adventure will always be the greatest loves of her life.  Erving received the Pride Foundation Community Scholarship

 

Jennifer Gillies-Alvarez is proudly married to her wife, Sarah. They are raising two kids Cassidy (10) and Leif (13) in Hoquiam, WA. She is the Student Support Specialist for the Opportunity Grant Program in conjunction with TRiO at Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen, WA. Her work involves intrusive and intensive advising to poverty-level, non-traditional community college students. She is the co-advisor to the Gay-Straight Student Alliance (GSA), working directly with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) and Straight Ally students. She is part of the campus Diversity Committee, co-advisor to the Equity and Diversity Resource Center, and the co-facilitator to the LGBTQ Safe Space Team. She earned her bachelor’s degree at The Evergreen State College focusing on Building Communities and Managing Organization and Queer Psychology. She has been accepted to The Evergreen State College Master in Public Administration program and her goal is to continue to be an advocate for the LGBTQ Community.  Jennifer received the Pride Foundation Community Scholarship

 

Tonei Glavinic is a student in the MA in Social Justice and Community Development program at Loyola University Chicago. Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Tonei is the founder of the Transgender On-campus Nondiscrimination Information (TONI) Project at the National Center for Transgender Equality, and has been a member of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) National Advisory Council since 2007. Zie has also worked with a number of national and local LGBTQ advocacy organizations and written extensively on the systematic challenges facing transgender people across the country. Tonei graduated from American University in 2012 with a BA in Political Science and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and has received multiple awards for hir work, including the Richard L. Schlegel National Legion of Honor and the university’s Feminist Scholar-Activist award. Despite losing hir mother to cancer in December 2012, Tonei remains a full-time graduate student with multiple jobs and volunteer commitments, and plans to continue advocacy work around LGBTQ issues, reproductive justice, economic inequality, and cancer research for the foreseeable future.  Tonei received the Alaska Regional Scholarship

 

Rebecca Gomez grew up in a small town in California named Porterville. When she was nine, Rebecca’s mother moved her and her three younger sisters to Yakima, WA, where she spent the rest of her childhood and still lives today. Rebecca was left with the responsibility of raising her younger sisters, and in effect, did not have a childhood. Dealing with the pressures of raising three young children while she was still a child, compounded with the growing realization that she was gay, led to many personal hardships in her teens. As her sisters became older, there was less pressure to take care of them. As Rebecca came to accept herself for who she was regardless of whether she was gay, she was able to overcome these hardships. She graduated from A.C. Davis High School in 2000. After graduation, she worked a series of manual labor jobs. She did this for 12 years until she came to the conclusion that she did not want to work these types of jobs for the rest of her life, and decided to apply for college. She knew that with an education she could get further in her career. She chose a technical school because she knew that a traditional school would not work for her learning style. Rebecca was accepted to Perry Technical Institute in 2012, and is in the Machine Technology program, set to graduate in December of 2013.  Rebecca received the Pride Foundation Community Scholarship

 

Elitha Goodman was born in Madison, Wisconsin but grew up mostly in Washington State. She is currently finishing her first year at college where she will be continuing on to receive her Bachelors in Liberal Arts. Elitha is a bisexual single mother, and has overcome great adversity and much social injustice to become a positive example of change in her community. She is an honorary member of Phi Theta Kappa, and while she does not think education is the only answer to inequality, she believes it is a great place to start.  Elitha received the NAEOP-Trio Scholarship

 

Khanie Ha grew up in Seattle as a second generation Chinese American Lesbian of a working class immigrant mother. Khanie graduated from Renton High School, received her BA in Philosophy and Communications, and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington. Currently she has embarked on a journey of returning to her ancestry/self through her studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Daoism at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland, CA. She is committed to healing and strengthening her relationship to nature, aspiring to live the tree lifestyle of being deeply rooted to the earth while reaching high above into the heavens. She does this through her daily practice of Qigong and Meditation as well as reaching into the depths of the unconscious with weekly somatic sessions. She also loves making special medicinal soups for longevity. She is interested in weaving together acupuncture, nutrition, herbology and dreamwork in her future practice.  Khanie received the Washington Regional Scholarship

 

Sheree Haggan identifies as a lesbian. Her hometown is Twin Falls, Idaho where she received her Associates Degree in Communication and Political Science. She was named Idaho’s New Century Scholar as well as “Hometown Hero” by the Chamber of Commerce. She will be completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication this upcoming year at Utah State University. She’s involved with several national as well as international organizations such as Miracle Corners of the World and I Am That Girl. Being raised an underprivileged homosexual minority in a conservative community; she battles racism for her ethnicity, discrimination for her gender, as well as hatred for her sexual identity on a daily basis. She has survived immense personal adversity, and has broken away from every stereotype for failure that’s been placed upon her, choosing to stand up and fight for equality with the belief that someday we will establish peace. This led her to pursue her Doctorate degree studying mental health with an emphasis on the LGBTQ community to become a psychologist/motivational speaker.  Sheree received the Idaho Regional Scholarship

 

Oliver Hayes is a student at the Oregon Health & Sciences University School of Nursing at the Portland Campus. He is studying to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2014. In addition to school, he works as a caregiver at Our House of Portland supporting residents living with HIV/AIDS. He volunteers as a community health organizer with the Rosehip Medic Collective and Trans Health Education Initiative.  Oliver received the James and Colin Lee Wozumi & Oregon Regional Scholarships

 

Connor Heikkila hails from Boise, ID and is seeking a bachelor’s degree at the University of Idaho. He currently works at a local flower shop which has given him a creative outlet and the inspiration to pursue interior design. Connor is an openly gay man interested in being a positive support system for struggling LGBTQ teens and kids who have been abused. Connor own struggles mirror the youth he supports. He has overcome his experience and now uses it as a means to better himself and those around him.  Connor received the Paul Arnold Memorial Scholarship

 

Shelley Higman grew up in Cheney, Washington, but she calls Whidbey Island her true home. Last June, she completed medical school coursework at University of Washington and applied to medical schools. She hopes to obtain a Doctor of Osteopathy degree so that she can return to Whidbey Island to practice primary care medicine. She was on the Dean’s List for all four years of her undergraduate degree, and both years of her attendance at Skagit Valley College. She graduated from Eastern Washington University summa cum laude, and received the Mary Shields Wilson Award for Leadership and Academic Excellence. As a non-matriculated student, she is encountering barriers she had not expected. She has not had access to pre-medical advisors, whereas her fellow students have pre-med advising as part of their program. She has had to design her own path to complete course work, take the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test), and complete the applications to medical schools without assistance. Shelley was not eligible for financial aid for her undergraduate course work, so has had to finance her education through work and scholarships. She owns her own gardening business, and has continued to work throughout her last three years of required classes for medical school.  Shelley received the Whidbey Island Giving Circle Scholarship

 

Kelly Hill is currently a student at Antioch University working toward her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has been living with HIV for 13 years, and has worked for many years supporting others living with HIV/AIDS. She is also very active in providing HIV prevention education and stigma reduction to youth in Seattle Public Schools. In addition, she is the mother of an amazing 11-year-old boy with profound special needs. Kelly is incredibly passionate about social justice issues, and has a desire to provide mental health care primarily to under-served and marginalized populations.  Kelly received the James and Colin Lee Wozumi Scholarship

 

As a child, Brandon Hughes grew up just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah in a small town called Layton. When he was 12, his family moved to southeast Idaho. After graduating from high school in Idaho Falls, Brandon moved an hour south to Pocatello to attend Idaho State University. There, he initially began studying nutrition, however he discovered a passion and love for microbiology and has been pursuing this discipline ever since. Next year he will be finishing his final year of his bachelor’s degree, and hopes to pursue further work in the medical sciences, public health, and eventually to gain entrance into the Physician’s Assistant program to practice medicine. In those first years of his college education, he became incredibly involved with the LGBT community. With an underdeveloped community that had few resources, several students including Brandon strived and built one of the first largely successful LGBT student organization from the ground up, which has yet to be rivaled in membership and activity at Idaho State University, and much of southeast Idaho. After serving a year as Vice President, he moved on to pursue activities closer to his studies, which landed his first position in Public Health as an MSM HIV prevention coordinator. He very quickly gained a love and passion for what he did, and several years later found himself as the head of the agency. Brandon currently continues this work, and serves his community as a leading resource on HIV/STD prevention, transmission, and education.  Brandon received the Pride Foundation Community Scholarship

 

Missoula, Montana is what Julianna Jack deems her new hometown; it is the city where she found herself and began to live authentically. She has grown her roots deeply into the community by creating supportive dormitory environments as a Residence Assistant; becoming a campus LGBT source of support as a trained UM Ally; volunteering with the National Coalition Building Institute to create a more just and inclusive society; and helping Missoula transform into a Fair Trade Town.  Two academic achievements she is most proud of are being selected to the Dean’s List each semester enrolled and participating as a delegate in the collegiate National Model United Nations conference in NYC.  Living her life authentically as an out lesbian has not come without its difficulties.  Her nuclear family was not accepting of her sexual orientation and she has been estranged from them.  It has been the most difficult process she has yet to experience, but she is resilient and determined to fight for her education and for her future.  Julianna received the Political Leadership & Urashi Zen Scholarships

 

Rachel Jackson is a first-generation college student from the Pacific Northwest. She finished a Bachelor of Science at Portland State University in 2013 and will begin the pursuit of her MD degree in the fall at the University of Washington – School of Medicine. Her start in healthcare came from her experiences with illnesses in her family, insights gained from dealing with her own gender transition, and her history in the Portland activist community. She has spent the last 3 years volunteering with a clinic that serves homeless youth and helps coordinate a monthly transgender health night. She believes in medicine as a modality for social justice and is excited about bringing the lessons she has learned back to her community as a primary care physician. In her spare time, she is an avid runner and is annoying her roommates by trying to learn violin.  Rachel received the Oregon Regional, Robert Browning, & Vazquez Pride in Health Scholarships

 

Mark Jarvey is a determined young Native American gay man. He tries his hardest through all of life’s challenges. He is very culturally active and wants to give back to the community.  Mark received the Montana Regional & Phoenix Benner Native and First Nations Scholarships

 

Suzanne “Zed” Jones says that versatility is what helps people adapt and survive in their life’s journey. There’s a line between simply dreaming about what can be, and actively pursuing those dreams. It takes someone true to themselves, willing to be clueless, stumbling, yet persevering. Versatility helps us get back up when life interrupts the most polished plans. Becoming homeless after growing up in an abusive home was a huge curve ball. She didn’t have any support and was lost, until she found Outside-In in Portland. Over the next year and a half, Zed got a GED with honors, and was valedictorian of that class. She got a job and transitional housing. Outside-In helped Zed start school at Portland Community College. She became a peer support and sex educator, a social justice activist, and a speaker at OHSU about homeless youth. She has lobbied politicians in Salem about the medical needs of those experiencing homelessness. Her dream is to be a veterinarian. She is attending Portland Community College to complete her pre-requisite courses in preparation to transfer to Oregon State, to complete her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.  Zed received the Oregon Regional & Phil Sullivan Scholarships

 

Lane Kaiser was born and raised in Bremerton, WA. In June, he will be graduating from Bremerton High School and from Olympic College with an Associate’s of Art Degree. He will be completing his undergraduate degree in Social Work from Portland State University. His career goal is to work with minorities and the LGBT community to defeat discrimination and protect the rights of all people. He is involved in Gay-Straight Alliance at Bremerton High and Olympic College, National Honor Society, and an active member of the queer community in Kitsap County. One of his biggest accomplishments is the creation of Pink Prom which serves more than 13 high schools and three college campuses.  Lane received the Pride Foundation Community Scholarship

 

Sophie Kidd-Myers attended high school at Grant High in Portland, Oregon. She is incredibly excited and honored to be attending a special dual degree program at Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University next fall.  She will be working toward a degree in Environmental Science while simultaneously earning a degree in Illustration, in order to pursue her interest in environmental advocacy and passion for art. Sophie wants to use art to promote sustainability and conservation, so future generations can also enjoy our fascinating natural world.  She believes art is a powerful tool for discussing and exploring social and political issues and her artistic accomplishments include numerous gallery showings, recognition from the Oregon Potters Association, Oregon College of Art and Craft, and Grant High School.  Sophie received the Patricia Van Kirk Scholarship

 

The best way to learn is through experience.  Michelle Knerr has traveled through forty-two states, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, from the Canadian border to the Mexican border. Through her experiences the greatest lesson learned is that the best things in life can be found in Montana and that includes a college education.  She will attend Montana State University in Bozeman, and begin her pre-veterinary studies.  Life lessons have not always come as easy, but in 2005 her life changed due to her daughter Evangeline.  She made a promise to both herself and her unborn child to become a better person.  In 2007, she became the first in her family to attend college and graduated two years later.  Michelle received the Montana Regional & Pride Foundation Community Scholarships

 

Though she is a proud Alaskan, Kate Lanier-Moylan is currently a rising sophomore at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut where she intends to double-major in government and feminine, gender, sexuality studies. She loves Wesleyan’s diverse campus and accepting atmosphere and hopes that her home state can soon embrace a similar attitude. Kate graduated from West Anchorage High School in 2012 where she served as the president of the Gay-Straight Alliance and can’t wait to return to Anchorage this summer as a Pride Foundation Fellow! Kate plans to use her education and training to promote social justice and equality in Alaska and across the United States.  Kate received the Alaska Regional Scholarship

 

Carnella Linder was born in Seattle, Washington, but at 12, she left Seattle with her mother and little sister to stay with an older sister in Louisiana. At 17, back in Seattle, she became homeless, but applied to get her G.E.D. and graduated. In 2008, she went to North Seattle Community College and was introduced to transitional housing, an educational advisor, food, clothing, and stability, and was later able to help pull her family off the streets. She transferred and is now in her second full year at Seattle Central Community College and preparing to graduate. Her goal in life is to help change the poverty cycle of our youth so we can change our generation gap.  Carnella received the Scott Rodriguez Athletics & Thelma Fisher Dewitty Scholarships

 

Emery Lohrasbi is a queer Persian-American who was born in Butte, MT, but grew up in Yakima, WA. After graduating from Davis High School, he attended the University of Washington where he received his bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare. Emery is currently a graduate student at the University of Vermont studying Higher Education Student Affairs. He also works as the First Year Experience Coordinator in the Office of Student Life. In his free time, Emery is an organizer with Reteaching Gender and Sexuality and a Queer People of Color Co-Chair for the GLBT NASPA Knowledge Community.  Emery received the Washington Regional Scholarship

 

Born and raised in Israel, Tami Lubitsh served in the Israeli Defense Forces for 2½ years, before becoming a theater director, journalist and best-selling author. In 2005, she obtained her master’s degree in counseling psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies and now lives in Alaska with her partner of 12 years. She is currently in private practice as a psychotherapist with a diverse group of clientele and working on her doctorate in Counseling Psychology at Alaska Pacific University.  Tami holds two awards for her work in the substance abuse field, has spoken at colleges, workshops and conferences.  In recent projects she has used mental health combined with theater to provide healing for clients that also educates communities.  It is her intention to develop a protocol during her Doctoral program that will combine art, playfulness, mindfulness and clinical tools to bring light into personal and communal shadows.  Tami received the James Crump Memorial Scholarship

 

Devin Majkut was born and raised in Bellingham, WA and loves living between the mountains and the water. Devin graduated from Western Washington University in 2010 and recently re-located to Seattle to pursue a Master of Social Work degree at the University of Washington. Devin is committed to serving LGBTQ youth, families, and communities in both her personal and professional life. She brings an intention of passion, integrity, and equity to all of her work.  Devin received the Washington Regional & You Go Girl! Scholarships

 

McKenzie McCormack spent most of her childhood and adolescence on Whidbey Island, more specifically, Oak Harbor. She attended Oak Harbor High School and graduated with a class standing of 60 out of over 400 students. Her dream school was always to attend the University of Washington and on March 19, 2011, was accepted. She is part of the UW Class of 2015, majoring in English with hopes of minoring in ASL. Growing up in a small town always gives you a story to tell. McKenzie was bullied growing up and always knew she had to get out into the world and pursue the things she wanted and to take back her power.  She continues to face challenges in life, but is constantly learning how to overcome them and become a better person in the process. Life is like a game of dodge-ball and McKenzie is an exceptionally elusive opponent.  McKenzie received the Whidbey Island Giving Circle Scholarship

 

Originally from Denver, Colorado, Tylir McKenzie has been living in Seattle for the past 12 years. He is currently attending the University of Washington and working on his PhD in Feminist Studies with a focus in Higher Education. Tylir hopes to inspire others to never give up on achieving a college degree, as 8 years after dropping out of college the first time, Tylir is now just a few years away from completing his PhD.  Something he never thought was possible.  Tylir received the Pride Foundation Community Scholarship

 

Moira Morel grew up in Farmington Hills, a suburb of Detroit, MI. In the hopes of finding her path and a queer community, she moved to Olympia, WA and attended The Evergreen State College where she received a BA. It was here that Moira discovered a passion for documentary filmmaking and photography that led her to a career in films and commercials in Portland, OR.  She spent 7 years in Portland working in the film industry as a camera assistant, but she also worked as a cinematographer on LGBTQ focused documentaries and short films. Despite her success with her independent films, being a butch Latina lesbian working in a male-dominated industry has been a great challenge for her. After many years trying to segue from working as a camera assistant to gaining respect as a cinematographer, Moira realized that she had would not be able to make the transition without obtaining an MFA in film.  In 2012, she was admitted into the highest-ranking cinematography program in the world at The American Film Institute in Los Angeles, CA. Although she is the only queer person in her program and 1 of 4 LGBTQ people in her graduating class, she has excelled in her studies and shown great potential for her career as a cinematographer.  Last year, Moira was awarded the You Go Girl! Scholarship and the Gregori Jakovina Endowed Scholarship. In 2013, “The Punk Singer,” a feature-length documentary about Kathleen Hanna that Moira filmed, had its world premiere at South by Southwest in Austin, TX.  Moira received the Bill Bendiner and Doug Morgenson, Visual Arts, & You Go Girl! Scholarships

 

Mason Munson grew up primarily in Greenville, SC and now calls Portland, OR home.  After dual attendance at both Greenville High School and the Fine Arts Center he attended Winthrop University’s BFA program.  Mason is currently enrolled in the Pacific University School of Health Professions working towards a doctorate in occupational therapy and serving as the president of the program’s Student Occupational Therapy Association.  He is moving forward into his field and exploring how to bring occupational justice not only to the trans and queer community, but to the field of social justice as a whole.  Mason received the Robert Browning & Pride Foundation Community Scholarships

 

Christopher Newcombe is from Spokane, WA and currently attending Washington State University studying music education with an emphasis in choral and instrumental music. While at Washington State University, he has initiated an anti-bullying and anti-harassment program which led to the honor of speaking publically at the Department of Residence Life training regarding the subject. He also brought this lecture to Yakima Valley Community College to speak at their LGBT conference called the Journey of Self Discovery. Christopher was able to bring up serious concerns in the lack of training around employee conduct which assisted the university in installing mandatory sexual harassment training. He is a member of Delta Alpha Pi, which is a fraternity of disabled students that receive a GPA higher than a 3.1 and has started a project to address income inequality in the music classroom by giving musical instruments to children who cannot afford one.  Christopher received the Dennis Coleman Scholarship

 

Kaelin Newman is a native of Seattle currently residing in Bothell. A senior in high school, she plans to graduate this spring with a high school diploma from Bothell High and an Associate’s Degree from Cascadia Community College (CCC). In April 2012, she became a member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society of CCC and next fall she will attend Western Washington University to pursue a degree in Environmental Science. Kaelin’s passions lie in contributing to her community through activism, outreach, and lobbying. With over 200 hours of community service and 3 years on Teen Council, she has volunteered with local organizations such as Planned Parenthood, Washington United for Marriage, NARAL Pro-choice Washington, Washington Trails Association, and the North Cascades Institute. She has participated in community outreach by doorbelling, phone banking, and tabling at events such as the 2011 PP Youth Policy/Organizing Conference in Washington DC, the 2012 PP Young Leaders Summit in Oregon, the 2012 Youth Leadership Conference at North Cascades Institute, 2011-2012 PACT (Peer Advocacy Coordinating Team), NARAL’s 2012 I HEART Choice Student Leadership Summit, and the 2012 North Cascades Wild trip.  Kaelin received the Bellevue PFLAG Scholarship

 

Thomas Nguyen grew up in Renton, WA where he graduated from Oliver M. Hazen High School and now attends the University of Washington with the intention to major in Business Administration with a focus in marketing, along with a minor in Law, Societies, and Justice. Throughout his high school career, Thomas participated in various extracurricular activities, which include being Editor-in-Chief of his school’s newspaper, head cheer captain, president of the Gay-Straight Alliance, and an executive mentor for incoming freshmen. At the UW, he serves as the Assistant Director of Communications for his residence hall council and is also involved in the ASUW, UW’s undergraduate student government. Thomas is dedicated to community service and continually works towards social change. His leadership and work within the community has led him to receive many honors such as the President’s Volunteer Service Award. He hopes to use his education to someday work for a nonprofit organization where he can continue workings towards positive changes for marginalized communities.  Thomas received the Kathy Spadoni Memorial Scholarship

 

Growing up on South Whidbey Island, Andrew Nichols was taught that homosexuality was a “deviant lifestyle choice.”  After joining the Army and moving thousands of miles away he started to see the world beyond his hetero-normative, white privileged background.  Ironically, the military helped him see who he was: a proud gay man.  He succeeded in the service by gaining the rank of Sergeant and serving an honorable four years.  Today he proudly speaks out with the Seattle HIV/AIDS Speaker’s Bureau and as a student at Seattle University pursuing a master’s degree in Counseling.  He hopes to be an effective counselor not because he will offer the rights words or most sound advice, but because with compassionate listening he will seek to help each individual find their own voice and strength within.  Andrew received the Whidbey Island Giving Circle Scholarship

 

Carlos Padilla was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, raised in Los Angeles, CA and moved to Seattle, WA at 6 years old. He is currently attending Seattle Central Community College, but heading to the University of Washington in Seattle to study Political Science with the goal of entering Law School.  He is the Co-Founder/Managing Director of the Washington DREAM Act Coalition (WDAC); an immigrant youth led organization ready to represent immigrant communities at the forefront both in Olympia and Washington D.C. He was one of the few students that came out as Undocumented and Unafraid in efforts to create visibility to DREAMers (undocumented youth who were in the education system) in efforts to create a support, resource, and action network. Within the WDAC he also oversaw and led the Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project which brings visibility to the UndocuQueer community within the Immigrant Rights movement.  Carlos has become a prominent youth leader that advocates for a LGBTQ Inclusive Immigration Reform with a pathway to citizenship for 11 million dreams.  Carlos received the Pride Foundation Community Scholarship

 

David Padilla was born and raised in the small town of Vantage, WA and attended Kittitas Secondary School. After high school, he plans to major in international business at Washington State University. While in high school he has been a proud member of Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), growing as a person and becoming prepared for the future. As a competitor in FCCLA, he has had the great privilege to represent Washington at the national level for three years and has received gold medals each year. Aside from this great achievements, he enjoys traveling, hanging out with friends and family, dancing, photography and playing sports; particularly volleyball. He learned that the most important lesson is to remain loyal to one’s self and live with the conviction that each and every one of us is destined for something extraordinary.  David received the Inland Northwest Business Alliance Scholarship

 

Joshua Parrish is from Nampa, Idaho and is an incoming junior at American University in Washington, D.C. Majoring in Political Science and Public Policy, he believes that government and policy is the best way to provide the legal foundation for change and equality. This past year, he was nominated by the Pride Foundation to attend an LGBT policy roundtable at the White House and a reception hosted by Vice President Joseph Biden.  Josh received the Idaho Regional, Political Leadership, & Pride Foundation Community Scholarships

 

Transitioning gender has allowed Victoria Quaintance to begin the much more involved, deeper transition of self. By sharping her skill of self-inquiry she has discovered unknown and unexplored areas that have blossomed into new ways of viewing herself and the world. She now realizes that she is part of something larger than herself and that her happiness is directly tied to helping make a better world.  Peace.  Victoria received the Pride Foundation Community Scholarship

 

Originally from Olympia, Washington, Adam Quillian is currently a student at Cornish College of the Arts studying the art of writing musical theatre.  With plans to write for Broadway, he hopes to attend graduate school in the fall of 2014 at NYU’s Tisch Institute of Performing Arts in the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing program.  Growing up on the theater stage, he discovered his love of writing during his second year at UW’s Foster School of Business when collaborating on his first production with a friend; from there, he knew he had to make a change.  After transferring to Cornish College of the Arts, he began to more fully discover where his passion resided and couldn’t be happier with where things are at this stage in his life.  He recently composed, directed, and produced his newest original musical, “Se*! The Musical” with great success.  Adam received the Dennis Coleman Scholarship

 

Kyle Rapiñan is a mixed race, queer, previously homeless young adult attending Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from the University of Washington in 2012. Kyle is a “nothing about us, without us” activist who is committed to the abolition of the prison industrial system, homonationalism, and the oppression queer youth find particularly marginalizing.  Kyle received the Cole Family, Political Leadership, & Washington Regional Scholarships

 

Colby Rezayat was born in Southern California, but raised from a young age on Bainbridge Island, WA. He now calls the ever beautiful Skagit County his home. He graduated Bainbridge High School in 2004 and is set to graduate Western Washington University (WWU) in June 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Human Services. While attending WWU he has held the position of Education and Prevention Coordinator for Skagit Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services. He has spent the past few years serving on the board of both his county and state wide PFLAG entities, including holding the position of President for Washington State Council of PFLAG. He has been accepted to the University of Washington Masters in Social Work program starting this fall 2013. He plans to use this as a platform to become certified to practice mental health counseling with an emphasis in LGBTQ mental health.  Colby received the Don Renschler & Pride Foundation Community Scholarships

 

Zachary Richard grew up in the beautiful Santa Cruz mountains of California in a tiny community called Bonny Doon. Zachary’s professional background is diverse and includes financial fraud and loss prevention, broadcasting, public health, as well as commercial acting and voice over talent. Zachary is an Outdoor Leadership and Education Major who attends Central Oregon Community College on his journey to become an educator and is increasing drawn towards teaching at the community college level. He started the first social group for those living with HIV/AIDS in Central Oregon as part of an effort to combat the stigma and isolation that are often associated with HIV.  In addition, Zachary has taken on the role of lead volunteer for the public health outreach efforts in Deschutes County which includes providing rapid HIV and HEP C testing, needle exchange, and other vitally needed services to members of our community. He lives by the belief that each new day is a gift that is waiting to be opened and shared with others.  Zachary received the Oregon Regional Scholarship

 

Miranda Saddler is a native of the Seattle area. She is a lesbian woman studying Interior Design and Architecture at Bellevue College. Her experiences as a gay woman and daughter of a transgender individual motivated Miranda to encourage social change, especially within LGBT communities. Miranda’s love for design is her vehicle for influencing social change. Her core belief that the built environment is an important arena for which to inspire, educate, and bring together communities builds the foundation of her theories of design. She is an Honor Student whose has received multiple CIDA Merit Awards for her work.  Miranda received the Paul Arnold Memorial Scholarship

 

Carlos Sanchez- Vazquez is from the city of Cordoba Veracruz in Mexico. At 21 years old, he is pursuing a degree in public health and hoping to become a health teacher. He attended Century High School and graduated with a chancellor’s diploma. He attended Portland Community College and then transferred into Portland State University. He looks forward to completing his academics, but most importantly to making change towards a better community.  Carlos received the Oregon Regional Scholarship

 

Jackie Sandmeyer is a senior at the University of Idaho working toward a B.S. in Sociology with an emphasis in Inequalities and Globalization, a minor in Women’s Studies, and a certificate in Diversity and Stratification. Her passion lies in queer theory and spoken word, leading her to sharing her poetry at many different feminist and LGBTQ venues, along with presenting at different academic conferences on the emerging intersectional approach to race and queer theory. Most of all, she has a unique voice and experiences to share being both a member of the LGBTQ community and a woman of color. She uses her experiences facing homelessness and familial disownment because of her sexuality and gender identity to further empower her work toward giving back to the LGBTQ community.  Jackie received the Idaho Regional, Rosenberg-Ibarra, & You Go Girl! Scholarships

 

Jason Saunders was raised in the Portland area, and is currently attending the University of Southern California. He is pursuing a Master of Music degree in Choral Music with an expected graduation in May 2014. His choral compositions have been performed by a variety of choirs across the country, and he has been awarded in several composition competitions. Jason is especially interested in the relationship between music education and social justice, and looks forward to teaching high school choir after receiving his Master’s degree.  Jason received the Dennis Coleman & Rainbow City Band Scholarships

 

Growing up in the rural city of Buhl, Idaho has pushed Michael Schroeder’s leadership skills to new limits while guiding him to discover his own personal strengths: “I’m here to work, listen and lead.” He was predominately raised by his grandparents and graduated from Buhl High School with honors. After serving three years as an openly gay class president, giving over 1,000 service hours to Kiwanis International and being selected as a Rotary International ambassador stationed in Germany for one year, he confidently felt that he had shed light to a new path for future LGBTQ youth leaders in my conservative community. In addition, he campaigned for the Kiwanis International Idaho-Utah District Governor, served as a Boys State delegate and was awarded Activities Student of the Year for two consecutive years. Michael was recently admitted to Boise State University which is one step closer to his dream of becoming a clinical social worker and educator for the LGBTQ community. First he will be perusing a bachelor’s degree in social work with a minor in gender studies and then on to complete a dual master’s degree in social work and human sexuality.  Michael received the Lee S. Burke & Pride Foundation Community Scholarships

 

Nathaniel Shara is a social justice therapist and community educator committed to integrating individual healing and social transformation. A graduate of the University of Washington School of Social Work, Nathan has spent the last ten years working within communities of color and queer communities in numerous roles as an educator, advocate and anti-violence activist. Growing up in an immigrant family in Ithaca, New York, Nathan has consistently been drawn towards the intersections of identities, communities, and histories. He is excited to deepen his study of Generative Somatics, an integrated mind/body/spirit approach to healing the impacts of violence, trauma, and oppression in the coming year, and to use his learning to support healing & transformation in Seattle. Nathan has been recognized by the Pride Foundation and the Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work for his commitment to supporting the health & wellness of LGBTQ communities, and for his leadership in forwarding social justice through work with The Northwest Network, The Capacity Project, and other grassroots community organizations.  Nathaniel received the Tony DeBlase Scholarship

 

Alejandra Silva Hernandez still has to pinch herself sometimes while walking from one class to another at the University of Washington. She still can’t believe that, thanks to Pride Foundation, she is able to attend the school of her dreams. She took an unconventional route to get to this school and didn’t have a choice due to her immigration status. First, she went to Clark College and received an Associate’s Degree with honors, then had the opportunity to continue studying biology at Washington State University in Vancouver. But her real passion lay in microbiology, which unfortunately wasn’t offered at that campus. So she took the chance and applied to the UW.  So far, she has interned at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and participated as President of the microbiology club, Microphiles. Due to her status, Alejandra was ineligible to work, so was homeless for the first quarter of school. It has all been worth it because while studying what she enjoys most, she is finally a senior!  Alejandra received the Pride Foundation Community Scholarship

 

Ryan Smith says healthcare is empowering. Ryan retains this mantra as he begins his journey to becoming a physician. He will attend the University of Washington School of Medicine pursuing a career in caring for underserved and neglected populations, especially LGBTQ. He attended Bennington College in Vermont, where he discovered intimate interconnections between humanism, culture, language and science. Later, his sense of adventure brought him to Montana. Working through the University of Montana in Missoula, he ran a hands-on, health education program and travelled across the state. On reservations and in rural towns, his interests in interconnections returned to him. The health of a community is affected by the complex clash of culture, economics and society. Individuals and their stories have pushed him to fight for social justice through medicine. He will spend his career, likely his life, untangling the complexities affecting each one of us in our quest for health, happiness, justice and equality.  He now lives in Seattle where he works with LGBTQ men at high risk for HIV, and as a research coordinator in the Department of Surgery at Virginia Mason Medical Center. As a gay man in medicine, he will be an advocate for the marginalized and work toward equity in healthcare. The way we treat each other, especially through healthcare, reflects how we value our neighbors, our families and ourselves. Healthcare matters because each person matters.  Ryan received the Montana Regional & Vazquez Pride in Health Scholarships

 

Virginia Solan has never had a hometown, but Moscow has given her just about everything one could hope. She returned to school at the University of Idaho (UI) in 2008 after 30 years away. She never believed she could graduate from college, but earned a BS in Sociology with a minor in Psychology in 2011 and expects to receive her MS in Adult, Organizational Learning & Leadership in December 2013. She worked those 30 years as a journalist, advocate and activist for social justice and human rights.  The UI has honored her with the Betsy Thomas Gender Equity and Virginia Wolf Distinguished Service awards for work in social justice on campus and in the community, the Outstanding Student in Sociology (2011-12) and the Student Support Services TRIO Senior Scholar award. Virginia became Coordinator for Violence Prevention Programs at UI in January, launching a student-driven bystander intervention approach, “The Power Project” to change the culture of violence. She is the daughter of a lesbian, mother of a trans man and identifies as a bisexual, so her work conducting Safe Zone Trainings and on the board of Inland Oasis is what she is most proud. Her family, music and the ocean keep her believing.  Virginia received the Idaho Regional Scholarship

 

Leandra Stanley is currently attending Willamette University and pursuing her undergraduate degree in American Ethnic Studies. An avid advocate for rights for communities of color and LGBTQ communities  through her work at Causa, the Cascade AIDS Project, and her current work at Chemawa Indian School, she hopes to inspire change through her own actions, but especially through trying to inspire people, namely youth, to recognize their own potential and capacity to learn and change the world. Through her experiences in high school being the president of the gay/straight alliance, a community service ambassador, student body president, and peer educator at the Cascade AIDS project, as well as through her positions as president of the Black Student Union, volunteer at Causa Oregon’s LGBTQ & Friends group, peer mentor for Willamette 1st years, and tutor/intern at Chemawa Indian School during her time at Willamette, Leandra has gotten the opportunity to bond with members of different intersecting communities and developed relationships with a great deal of brilliant individuals that she hopes to be able to encourage and fight for/with as they make pushes  to move toward equity and equality. Leandra has made her ultimate goal to become a discrimination lawyer and a member and ally of communities that are frequently denied access to resources due to the identities and social spheres they identify with.  Leandra received the Oregon Regional Scholarship

 

Alyx Steadman was raised in the small town of Hamilton, Montana, where he experienced many of the unique challenges presented to LGBTQ youth living in rural communities. From these adversities, he found inspiration to promote positive change for oppressed minorities. Now, Alyx has traded in endless sky for city lights, as he is currently entering his sophomore year at New York University. There, he studies social work with an emphasis on LGBT advocacy through community organizing and policy change.  Alyx received the Montana Regional Scholarship

 

Landon Tan grew up in Kirkland, Washington and is a student at the University of Washington. He is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Comparative History of Ideas and Biochemistry and plans to continue on to medical school. As a physician he would widen the access of health care in the queer community. Landon has been involved in many projects including education and funds development with Reteaching Gender & Sexuality, co-organizing the Bend-It Extravaganza 4-day pride festival as well and year-long programming, and writing and piloting a credited University of Washington course, “Mixed Identities and Racialized Bodies”, with a small group of undergraduates. Most recently, Landon started a queer indoor soccer team called “Born to Play” to stay healthy and connected amidst the pressures of school.  Landon received the Scott Rodriguez Athletics Scholarship

 

Susana Tat was born and raised in Los Angeles. She graduated from UCLA with a BA in Spanish and Community and Culture. After graduating from UCLA, Susana worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for two years doing work in HIV/STI prevention and Emergency Preparedness. She currently attends the University of Washington for the Master’s in Public Health program that focuses in community-oriented public health practice. Because she identifies as a queer Asian woman from a working class family, Susana’s academic interest is geared towards LGBT health research, and she also hopes to work with Asian, Latino, and LGBT communities after her graduate studies.  Susana received the Deloris Carter Hampton, Don Renschler, & James and Colin Lee Wozumi Scholarships

 

Mistie Tolman lives in Meridian, Idaho with her four children and partner Karen.  She was raised here in Meridian, in an LDS family, and it has been a long road as a result of her coming out. Her experiences are part of what has propelled her forward to improve the atmosphere for Idaho’s LGBT community. Currently studying political science at Boise State University, she had the honor of representing The Pride Foundation as a Pride Scholar in 2012-2013, and was recently inducted into the Political Science National Honors Society.  Helping to lessen inequalities for Idaho’s LGBTQ community, women, and other marginalized groups is what motivates her, and is her ultimate career goal.  She is co-chair and treasurer of Add the Words Idaho, working on non-discrimination legislation. They have been instrumental in progressing the work further this past session than it has ever gone before. “If we can help ALL Idahoans to feel safe at work, to feel safe enough to report hate crimes, to feel love and acceptance, we can begin to repair the suffering that has been done for decades to LGBTQ folks.”  Mistie received the Idaho Regional Scholarship

 

Nyka Tucker, originally from Mount Vernon, WA, is a junior at the University of Washington majoring in microbiology with a minor in global health. She is passionate about HIV research and has worked in a viral vaccine lab studying HIV at Seattle Biomedical Research Institute for two years. She also has been actively involved in volunteering in the HIV community since high school and hopes to pursue medical school after graduating to specialize in infectious disease.  Nyka received the Pride Foundation Community Scholarship

 

Madeleine Tuson-Turner was born and raised on Orcas Island, WA, but currently lives with her partner in Portland, OR. She is pursuing a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Masters in Integrated Medical Research at the National College of Natural Medicine and the Helfgott Research Institute. During her undergraduate studies in Premedical Sciences and a Medical Anthropology she designed and conducted original research in West Africa on cultural perspectives of health. Her passion for women’s health and international women’s health policy is the driving force for many of her research interests. She recently received approval from the Institutional Review Board to complete her thesis research on factors affecting the childbirth experiences of women in West Africa. This research will involve volunteering, surveying, and conducting interviews of women in the low income government clinics. She is deeply passionate about educating women of all orientations to make healthy and empowered choices prenatally and during childbirth and is therefore also pursuing a certificate in Obstetrics and Midwifery. When she is not studying, she works as the Program and Volunteer Coordinator for the Oregon Cord Blood Donation Program at the Oregon Health and Sciences University. Madeleine received the Robert Browning Scholarship

 

Danny Wakefield is a queer, transmasculine autism-ally. Originally from rural Wisconsin, Danny made a home in Seattle five years ago in pursuit of his educational dreams. Danny is eagerly working towards a degree as an autism specialist and plans on one day teaching at the university level. When not working, subverting gender norms, or attending classes, Danny competes side by side with his border collie as a flyball champion!  Danny received the Derivative Duo, Don Renschler, & Scott Rodriguez Athletics Scholarships

 

Erik Walker was raised on a small farm in Port Orchard, WA.  Growing up, he learned from a young age the responsibility of caring for animals, where our food came from, and about the human animal bond.  These experiences impacted his life and spurred a desire to become a veterinarian.  By the age of 18, he came to the realization that he was a gay man, but this realization conflicted with how he was raised and his parents’ belief system.  “I was in turmoil for several years, but with the love and acceptance of my grandparents, I learned to love myself.”  After these experiences, Erik strove to support, advocate, and participate in the LGBTQ community.  He never lost sight of his desire to impact the lives of humans and animals alike through veterinary medicine.  As an undergraduate at Washington State University (WSU), he was actively involved in clubs, co-operatives, department boards, and research and was awarded numerous scholarships and awards such as the President’s Award and the Crimson Award for undergraduate research.  In May of 2012, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences and received a position in the Department of Microbiology and Pathology at WSU investigating entry mechanisms of Herpes Simplex Virus.  Erik received the Washington Regional Scholarship

 

Ruben Zecena was born in El Salvador and will be graduating Columbia Basin College with an AA degree.  Next year he plans to attend Washington State University and will double major in English teaching and Political theory with an emphasis in pre-law. He currently serves as the associated student body president at Columbia Basin College and has planned many LGBT events on campus. Living in Eastern Washington has pushed him to plan events like drag queen shows at school to promote acceptance in a conservative side of the state.  Ruben received the Pride Foundation Community Scholarship

 

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