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2013 Scholars

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 Elysian Fields, Texas, Daryious Anderson is seeking to enroll/transfer to the University of Washington, where his interests lie in neurobiology. Daryious received the Brian M. Day Scholarship.

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Mick Arieta is a 27-year old queer, Latino, community organizer and student at Evergreen State College. He is pursuing a his degree in public policy and sustainability. Mick received the Washington Regional & Pride Foundation Community Scholarships.

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Lark Ballinger is interested in studying psychology and theatre. After completing their BA, they will pursue a PhD in clinical psychology, picking up an MA in drama therapy on the way. Lark received the Brian M. Day & Pride Foundation Community Scholarships.

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Trevor Bateman is a student at Southern Oregon University. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Music Instruction. Trevor received the Dennis Coleman Scholarship.

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Born in Tepic, Nayarit Mexico, Oscar Beltran overcame challenges and is now attending Clark College in Vancouver, WA, and plans to attend Portland State University in the fall. Oscar received the Pride Foundation Community Scholarship.

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Derek Blechinger is a third year student at University of Washington School of Medicine and has created the Qriculum Project for integration of LGBT health content into the required medical curriculum at UWSOM. Derek received the Robert Browning Scholarship.

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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. Emilee received the Rainbow City Band Scholarship.

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Margaret “Miki” Cabell is a woman of mixed heritage, her mother was an immigrant from Ireland, and her father was Native. Miki received the Don Renschler & Pride Foundation Community Scholarships.

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Audrey Chavarria Calderon is planning to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science/Engineering at the University of Washington. Audrey received the Washington Regional & Pride Foundation Community Scholarships.

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Amanda Campos is Costa Rican by birth, but was raised in Portland Oregon. She is a student at the University of Washington, with a double major in Philosophy and Political Science. Amanda received the Barbara Bailey & Washington Regional Scholarships.

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Danielle Carver was born-and-raised a Spokane-ite. She is a first generation college student and identifies as a lesbian. Carver received the Donald O. Coffman, Soaring Heart, & Social Work Scholarships.

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Julian Chavez-Gamez is from Moses Lake, WA and is currently majoring in Social Welfare at the University of Washington. Julian received the Emmerson Hoopes Scholarship.

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Lee-Ling Chen comes from Taiwan and is pursuing a Master of Nursing degree and a graduate certificate in the HIV and STI program at the University of Washington. Lee-Ling received the James and Colin Lee Wozumi Scholarship.

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As a transgender Latino, Javier Clawson is pursuing an education so he can become a nurse practitioner in a health clinic serving queer folks from marginalized communities. Javier received the Transgender Identified Scholarship.

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Michael Daellenbach, from Beaverton, OR, is graduating from Beaverton High School and will attend Lewis and Clark College, majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science. Michael received the Kathy Spadoni Memorial Scholarship.

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As a student at the University of Montana, Courtney Damron represents students with disabilities and advocates for increased accessibility in the built physical and virtual campus. Courtney received the Montana Regional & Pride Foundation Community Scholarships.

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In the fall, Tammy Davis will be attending Oregon State University in order to pursue a bachelor’s degree in clothing design and business. Tammy received the Oregon Regional, Paul Arnold Memorial, & Pride Foundation Community Scholarships.

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Mykhiel Deych is pursuing a Masters of Art in Teaching Language Arts for Middle Level and High School at Lewis & Clark College. Mykhiel received the Pride Foundation Community Scholarship.

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Christopher Dietrich is attending the University of Washington School of Medicine, MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Training Program. Christopher received the Alaska Regional, James Crump Memorial, & Pride Foundation Community Scholarships.

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Throughout his life, Aaron Evans has encountered challenges and hardships due to being an African American gay male. He plans on attending a college in the Puget Sound area, where he will pursure a business degree. Aaron received the Brian M. Day Scholarship.

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Arden Evans will be attending Green River Community College next to year to earn hir associates degree in aviation technology to become an air traffic controller. Arden received the Bellevue PFLAG Scholarship.

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Fievel Jack Finley is a fierce activist who grew up queer and trans* on a fruit farm in South Haven, Michigan. They are in the University of Washington Master of Social Work program. Fievel Jack received the Emmerson Hoopes Scholarship.

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Juan Franco was born in Bogotá, Colombia. He is working towards a BFA at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Juan received the Bill Bendiner and Doug Morgenson & Visual Arts Scholarships.

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Kyle Fuhriman will graduate from the University of Alaska – Fairbanks with a Master’s degree with a concentration in health care delivery focused on indigenous and rural communities. Kyle has received the Vazquez Pride in Health & Pride Foundation Community Scholarships.

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Erving Gada 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. Erving received the Pride Foundation Community Scholarship.

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Jennifer Gillies-Alvarez 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.

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Tonei Glavinic is a student in the MA in Social Justice and Community Development program at Loyola University Chicago. Tonei received the Alaska Regional Scholarship.

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Rebecca Gomez 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.

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Elitha Goodman is a bisexual single mother, and is currently finishing her first year at college where she will be continuing on to receive her Bachelors in Liberal Arts. Elitha received the NAEOP-Trio Scholarship.

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Khanie Ha is studying Traditional Chinese Medicine and Daoism at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland, CA. Khanie received the Washington Regional Scholarship.

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Sheree Haggan identifies as a lesbian. She will be completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication this upcoming year at Utah State University. Sheree received the Idaho Regional Scholarship.

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Oliver Hayes is a student at the Oregon Health & Sciences University School of Nursing at the Portland Campus. Oliver received the James and Colin Lee Wozumi & Oregon Regional Scholarships.

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Connor Heikkila hails from Boise, ID and is seeking a bachelor’s degree at the University of Idaho. Connor received the Paul Arnold Memorial Scholarship.

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Alejandra Silva Hernandez is a student at the University of Washington. So far, she has interned at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and participated as President of the microbiology club, Microphiles. Alejandra received the Pride Foundation Community Scholarship.

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Shelley Higman hopes to obtain a Doctor of Osteopathy degree so that she can return to Whidbey Island to and practice primary care medicine. Shelley received the Whidbey Island Giving Circle Scholarship.

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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. Kelly received the James and Colin Lee Wozumi Scholarship.

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Brandon Hughes attends Idaho State University where he discovered a passion and love for microbiology and has been pursuing this discipline ever since. Brandon received the Pride Foundation Community Scholarship.

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Julianna Jack attends University of Montana, where she has created supportive dormitory environments as a Residence Assistant and become a campus LGBT support as a trained UM Ally. Julianna received the Political Leadership & Urashi Zen Scholarships.

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Rachel Jackson 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. Rachel received the Oregon Regional, Robert Browning, & Vazquez Pride in Health Scholarships.

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Mark Jarvey is a determined young Native American gay man. 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.

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Suzanne “Zed” Jones dream is to be a veterinarian. She is attending Portland Community College to complete her pre-requisite courses so she can complete her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Zed received the Oregon Regional & Phil Sullivan Scholarships.

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Lane Kaiser will be completing his undergraduate degree in Social Work from Portland State University. Lane received the Pride Foundation Community Scholarship.

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Sophie Kidd-Myers will be working toward a degree in Environmental Science while simultaneously earning a degree in Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University. Sophie received the Patricia Van Kirk Scholarship.

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In 2007, Michelle Knerr became the first in her family to attend college and graduated two years later. Michelle received the Montana Regional & Pride Foundation Community Scholarships.

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Though she is a proud Alaskan, Kate Lanier-Moylan is currently a sophomore at Wesleyan University in Connecticut where she intends to double-major in government and feminine, gender, sexuality studies. Kate received the Alaska Regional Scholarship.

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Carnella Linder is in her second year at Seattle Central Community College. 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.

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Emery is a Persian-American. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Vermont studying Higher Education Student Affairs. Emery received the Washington Regional Scholarship.

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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. She is working on her doctorate in Counseling Psychology at Alaska Pacific University. Tami received the James Crump Memorial Scholarship.

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McKenzie McCormack is part of the UW Class of 2015, majoring in English with hopes of minoring in ASL. McKenzie received the Whidbey Island Giving Circle Scholarship.

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Tylir McKenzie is currently attending the University of Washington and working on his PhD in Feminist Studies with a focus in Higher Education. Tylir received the Pride Foundation Community Scholarship.

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In 2012, Moira Morel was admitted into the highest-ranking cinematography program in the world at The American Film Institute in Los Angeles, CA. Moira received the Bill Bendiner and Doug Morgenson, Visual Arts, & You Go Girl! Scholarships.

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Mason Munson is enrolled in the Pacific University School of Health Professions working towards a doctorate in occupational therapy. Mason received the Robert Browning & Pride Foundation Community Scholarships.

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Christopher Newcombe is from Spokane, WA and currently attending Washington State University studying music education with an emphasis in choral and instrumental music. Christopher received the Dennis Coleman Scholarship.

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Next fall Kaelin Newman will attend Western Washington University to pursue a degree in Environmental Science. Her passions lie in contributing to her community through activism, outreach, and lobbying. Kaelin received the Bellevue PFLAG Scholarship.

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Thomas Nguyen 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. Thomas received the Kathy Spadoni Memorial Scholarship.

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Andrew Nichols proudly speaks out with the Seattle HIV/AIDS Speaker’s Bureau and is a student at Seattle University pursuing a master’s degree in Counseling. Andrew received the Whidbey Island Giving Circle Scholarship.

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Carlos Padilla was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. He is currently attending Seattle Central Community College, but heading to the University of Washington to study Political Science with the goal of entering Law School. Carlos received the Pride Foundation Community Scholarship.

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After high school, David Padilla plans to major in international business at Washington State University. David received the Inland Northwest Business Alliance Scholarship.

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Joshua Parrish is from Nampa, Idaho and is an incoming junior at American University in Washington, D.C. where he is majoring in Political Science and Public Policy. Josh received the Idaho Regional, Political Leadership, & Pride Foundation Community Scholarships.

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Candice Brings Plenty is an Oglala Lakota Sioux. She is pursuing her Masters of Public Administration – Health Administration with a focus on Indian Health Policy. Candice received the Phoenix Benner Native and First Nations, Political Leadership, & Pride Foundation Community Scholarships.

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Transitioning gender has allowed Victoria Quaintance to begin the much more involved, deeper transition of self. Victoria received the Pride Foundation Community Scholarship.

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Originally from Olympia, Washington, Adam Quillian is currently a student at Cornish College of the Arts studying the art of writing musical theatre. Adam received the Dennis Coleman Scholarship.

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Kyle Rapiñan is a mixed race, queer, previously homeless young adult attending Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts. Kyle received the Cole Family, Political Leadership, & Washington Regional Scholarships.

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Colby Rezayat 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. Colby received the Don Renschler & Pride Foundation Community Scholarships.

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Zachary is an Outdoor Leadership and Education Major who attends Central Oregon Community College on his journey to become an educator and is increasingly drawn towards teaching at the community college level. Zachary received the Oregon Regional Scholarship.

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Carina del Rosario will advance her studio art practice at Pratt Fine Arts in Seattle, Washington, and with an artist residency in Oaxaca, Mexico. Carina received the Asian and Pacific Islander Queer Sisters Scholarship.

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Miranda Saddler is a lesbian woman studying Interior Design and Architecture at Bellevue College. Miranda received the Paul Arnold Memorial Scholarship.

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Carlos Sanchez-Vazquez is from Cordoba Veracruz in Mexico and is pursuing a degree in public health and hoping to become a health teacher. Carlos received the Oregon Regional Scholarship.

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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. Jackie received the Idaho Regional, Rosenberg-Ibarra, & You Go Girl! Scholarships.

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Jason Saunders is currently attending the University of Southern California where is pursuing a Master of Music degree in Choral Music. Jason received the Dennis Coleman & Rainbow City Band Scholarships.

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Michael Schroeder’s 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. Michael received the Lee S. Burke & Pride Foundation Community Scholarships.

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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. Nathaniel received the Tony DeBlase Scholarship.

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Ryan Smith 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. Ryan received the Montana Regional & Vazquez Pride in Health Scholarships.

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Virginia Solan 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. Virginia received the Idaho Regional Scholarship.

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Leandra Stanley is currently attending Willamette University and pursuing her undergraduate degree in American Ethnic Studies. Leandra received the Oregon Regional Scholarship.

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Alyx Steadman is currently in 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.

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Landon Tan is a student at the University of Washington where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Comparative History of Ideas and Biochemistry. He plans to continue on to medical school. Landon received the Scott Rodriguez Athletics Scholarship.

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Susana Tat currently attends the University of Washington for the Master’s in Public Health program that focuses in community-oriented public health practice. Susana received the Deloris Carter Hampton, Don Renschler, & James and Colin Lee Wozumi Scholarships.

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Mistie Tolman is studying political science at Boise State University, and was recently inducted into the Political Science National Honors Society. Mistie received the Idaho Regional Scholarship.

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Nyka Tucker, originally from Mount Vernon, WA, is a junior at the University of Washington majoring in microbiology with a minor in global health. Nyka received the Pride Foundation Community Scholarship.

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Madeleine Tuson-Turner 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. Madeleine received the Robert Browning Scholarship.

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Danny Wakefield is eagerly working towards a degree as an autism specialist and plans on one day teaching at the university level. Danny received the Derivative Duo, Don Renschler, & Scott Rodriguez Athletics Scholarships.

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Erik Walker 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.

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Ruben Zecena was born in El Salvador and he plans to attend Washington State University and will double major in English teaching and Political theory with an emphasis in pre-law. Ruben received the Pride Foundation Community Scholarship.

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