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2014 Scholars

In 2014, our community review teams awarded $395,200 to 105 LGBTQ and Ally students across the Northwest.

Pride Foundation’s 2014 Scholars are:

Branden Ambert is a resident of Portland, OR and completing his sophomore year at Portland State University, working on his Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Branden received the Under Our Roof Scholarship.

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Chelsea Anderson will be attending San Diego State University in the fall. She will be majoring in psychology and nutrition with the long term goal of an advanced doctoral degree in psychology. Chelsea received the Whidbey Giving Circle and Pride Foundation Community Scholarships.

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Carmel Aronson is passionately engaged in the addiction recovery community and is returning to school to advance her knowledge in this field. Carmel received the Gray Wolf Ranch Scholarship.

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Lark Ballenger’s intellectual growth is being nurtured at Seattle University studying psychology, after which they will stretch their branches toward a PhD. Lark received the Brian M. Day and Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarships.

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Heni Barnes is deciding between the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Wisconsin Madison. She plans to earn a dual major in Geology and Geophysics. Heni received the Barbara Bailey, Friends of Alan Turing and Whidbey Giving Circle Scholarships.

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In 2011, Brianna Bragg transferred to PSU, duel-majoring in Child and Family Studies and Social Science. Once complete, she’ll apply for a PhD/MSW program. Brianna received the You Go Girl! Scholarship.

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miki cabell is graduating with a MPA Tribal Governance degree this year. She is dedicated to working with LGBTQ issues confronting tribal communities. miki received the Phoenix Benner Native & First Nations Scholarship.

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Audrey Chavarria Calderon is currently studying Computer Science at the University of Washington, Tacoma. He was born in Mexico City in 1993. Audrey received the Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarship.

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Marcus Crowell completed his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in five years due to financial hardship. He currently works as a medical case manager at the Pierce County AIDS Foundation. Marcus received the Don Renschler Mental Health Scholarship.

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Lightning Curtis plans to create workshops of various mediums and allow the social constructs of her upbringing to be burnt up in the flames held by the next generation’s torch. Lightning received the You Go Girl! Scholarship.

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Michael Daellenbach is from Beaverton, OR and is completing his freshman year at Lewis and Clark College, majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science. Michael received the Kathy Spadoni Memorial Scholarship.

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Tammy Davis grew up in Klamath Falls, OR, graduated from Klamath Union High School, and is currently attending Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR and working towards a degree in apparel design. Tammy received the Paul Arnold Scholarship.

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Maksym Dedushko was born in Chernihiv, Ukraine. After coming to the United States on a scholarship, he filed for and received asylum. He has been accepted to the graduate program in Bioinorganic Chemistry at the University of Washington. Maksym received the Dunham-Kerley, Jabez Legacy and Washington Regional Scholarships.

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Melissa Ebben grew up in Appleton, WI and recently graduated with high honors from Everett Community College’s nursing program. Melissa received the Washington Regional Scholarship.

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Riley Embler graduated from Colony High School in May of 2013 and will attend Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) beginning in the fall of 2014. Riley received the Jack D. Motteler Visual Arts and Alaska Regional Scholarship.

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Chloe Flora has completed her first year of a three year graduate program in mental health counseling at Lewis & Clark College’s Graduate School of Education and Counseling. Chloe received the Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarship.

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Jessica Foster will be the starting her junior year at the University of Washington working toward a Psychology major and a second major in Gender and Women’s Sexuality Studies. Jessica received the Whidbey Giving Circle and Pride Foundation Community Scholarships.

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Rigoberto Garcia is from a small town in Nayarit, Mexico. Rigoberto signed-up for classes at Highline Community College in 2012. His dream is to finish his bachelors in accounting and finance at Seattle University. Rigoberto received the Washington Regional Scholarship.

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Hel Gebreamlak was born in San Diego to refugee parents and was raised in Seattle. Hel will be attending Shoreline Community College to pursue Digital Filmmaking. Hel received the Washington Regional Scholarship.

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Gina Godoy is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Development and Family Sciences at Oregon State University. Gina received the Social Work Scholarship.

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Finn Greer received his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Philosophy from Boise State University (BSU). In the fall of 2013 he started in the Physician’s Assistant program at Idaho State University. Finn received the Idaho Regional Scholarship.

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Eamon Colin Hanners is studying at Everest College to achieve his certificate in Medical Assisting. Eamon received the Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarship.

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Alejandra Silva Hernandez is pursuing her degree in microbiology at the University of Washington, where she also serves as an OutSpoken LGBTQ and Ally Educator. Alejandra received the Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarship.

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Kelly Hill grew up in Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, and is currently a student at Antioch University working toward her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. Kelly received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Whidbey Giving Circle Scholarships.

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Devon Hulick currently attends Mountain View High and plans to attend Hawai’i Pacific University, majoring in the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program and minoring in Journalism. Devon received the Oregon Regional Scholarship.

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Richard Hutson plans to study Biomedical Engineering while doing the course work for pre-med studies and then continue his studies to become a surgeon. Richard received the Scott Rodriguez Athletics Scholarship.

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Rachel Jackson is interested in doing primary care work with underserved populations with an emphasis on the low-income LGBTQ community and sees medicine as a tool for social transformation. Rachel received the Robert Browning and Washington Regional Scholarships.

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Tascha Johnson is currently working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences with a focus on Women and Gender studies and Psychology at Portland State University. Tascha received the Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarship.

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MJ Juhre will be attending the University of Washington MSW extended degree program. She hopes to work with LGBTQ youth and families either in a counseling setting or the foster system. MJ received the Washington Regional Scholarship.

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Lane Kaiser is currently attending Portland State University, working to complete his Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Lane received the Dunham-Kerley and Washington Regional Scholarships.

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Sarith Keo is proud to be a member of Seattle Class 47 of the MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant graduate program at the University of Washington. Sarith received the Vasquez Pride in Health Scholarship.

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Cole Ketcherside is a 31-year old queer, transgender. Cole plans to join the MPA program at Evergreen State College this fall and wants to continue building on a career improving the lives of young people, combating homelessness, and fighting for equality everywhere. Cole received the Washington Regional Scholarship.

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JJ Kim was born in South Korea. He will be completing his last year at Portland State University (PSU) as a film major with the hope of becoming a filmmaker. JJ received the Asian Pacific Islander Queer Sisters and Trans* Identified Scholarships.

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Michelle Knerr attends Montana State University in Bozeman in the Animal Science/Pre-Veterinary program. In 2007, she became the first in her family to attend college and graduated two years later. Michelle received the Under Our Roof Scholarship.

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Chantelle Korver studies at Bastyr University. She will receive a Bachelor/Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, allowing her to create a working environment that is open and welcoming to individuals of all demographics. Chantelle received the Vasquez Pride in Health Scholarship.

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Jose Madrid is planning to join Doctors Without Borders in part due to his schools focus on being a global citizen. Jose plans to attend Western Oregon University and major in nursing. Jose received the Oregon Regional Scholarship.

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Fiona Marten is a native Seattleite and is currently a senior at Garfield High School, with plans to attend Reed College. She is a member of the Congress of Racial Equality which plans and orchestrates cultural relations retreats. Fiona received the Washington Regional Scholarship.

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Gavin Mast is studying ASL/English Interpreting at Western Oregon University. Gavin received the Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarship.

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Elizabeth Mattingly is a young, female, Alaska-Native, lesbian business entrepreneur with both an aptitude and a deep interest in economics. She is currently studying at the University of Washington. Elizabeth received the Under Our Roof Scholarship.

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Colton Mink will be attending Idaho State University in the fall of 2014 and majoring in Biology. He hopes to complete is Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences and go on to medical school. Colton received the Scott Rodriguez Athletics Scholarship.

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Amanda Mollet will be attending the University of Iowa to pursue her Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs. Amanda received the Idaho Regional Scholarship.

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Jesse Morgan is enthused to enhance his political work in the Pacific Northwest and complete his M.S.W. degree at the University of Washington concentrating in Policy. Jesse received the Political Leadership Scholarship.

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Marshan Moultry is pursuing a master’s degree in Relational and Pastoral Therapy from Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry, in an effort to become a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in LGBT relationships. Marshan received the Don Renschler Mental Health Scholarship.

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Cheri Neill is returning to music as her primary love and ‘Right Livelihood’, and her desire is to work full time as a Music Director and Producer, as well as build her own business. Cheri received the Dennis Coleman Scholarship.

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Christopher Newcombe is a student at Washington State University. He is continuing to study music education with a broad emphasis on choral and instrumental education. Christopher received the Rainbow City Band Scholarship.

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Thomas Nguyen attends the University of Washington (UW) 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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April Nishimura’s goal is to change how we understand healthcare. She is currently finishing pre-requisites to gain admission for a Masters of Occupational Therapy at UW to fulfill her vision of creating a compassionate and accessible women’s clinic. April received the Soaring Heart and Vasquez Pride in Health Scholarships.

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Tony Nordheim is graduating from Rogue Community College with an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree, and will go on to attend Southern Oregon University to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and then a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. Tony received the Gray Wolf Ranch Scholarship.

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Crys O’Grady is a first year law student at the University of Washington School of Law. After law school, Crys hopes to pursue a career in legislative, policy, and legal advocacy for LGBTQ- Q youth. Crys received the Dunham-Kerley Scholarship.

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Marty Elizabeth Ortiz was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Florida with her mom at the beginning of her adolescence. Marty is currently in the latter part of her Masters in Clinical and Counseling Psychology. Marty received the Trans* Identified and Montana Regional Scholarship.

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Rafael Padilla, a 19-year-old nursing student attending the University of Washington, will be applying for the prestigious top-ranking nursing program at the UW within the next two years. Rafael received the Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarship.

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Landyn Pan’s interest in media and its societal impacts has driven him to pursue a degree in PR & Advertising at Chapman University. Landyn received the Paul Arnold and Ric Ulrich-Chuck Pischke Visual Arts Scholarships.

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Joshua Parrish is a Nampa, ID native and will be completing his senior year at American University in Washington, D.C studying Political Science and Public Policy. Joshua received the Idaho Regional Scholarship.

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Hannah Reagan grew up in Missoula, MT and currently attends the University of Montana. As a full-time student funding her own education and lifestyle, Hannah has learned much about herself as well as our community. Hannah received the You Go Girl! Scholarship.

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Colby Rezayat began attending the M.S.W. program at the University of Washington this past fall. He is part of the weekend program, so that he can continue his full time work during the week. Colby received the Associates in Behavioral Health, Emmerson-Hoopes Social Work and Washington Regional Scholarships.

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Sage Ricci is pursuing a career in medicine and enrolled at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in the Master’s Degree program to study acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Sage received the James and Colin Lee Wozumi and Oregon Regional Scholarships.

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Zachary Richard’s professional background includes financial fraud and loss prevention, broadcasting, public health, and commercial acting. Zachary recently finished at Central Oregon Community College, and will pursue his degree in Social Work at Portland State University. Zachary received the James and Colin Lee Wozumi and Oregon Regional Scholarships.

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Arturo Nikolas Rojas, known as Niko, is a Hispanic male living in small town Caldwell, ID. He plans on majoring in health systems management at Arizona State University next fall. Niko received the Idaho Regional Scholarship.

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Carina del Rosario is taking studio art classes to improve as an artist and teacher as well as to strengthen her portfolio in pursuit of a Master’s Degree in Fine Art, Arts Education, or Arts Administration. Carina received the Deloris Carter Hampton Scholarship.

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Jessica Sarontay is now studying for her Master’s degree in Couples and Family Therapy at University of Oregon and plans to use that degree to support queer and trans* people and communities. Jessica received the Associates in Behavioral Health Scholarship.

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Hal Schrieve is from Olympia, WA. Hal has maintained a GPA above 3.9 and plans to attend the University of Washington this fall to study History. Hal received the Trans* Identified Scholarship.

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Michael Small went to beauty school in Pasco and spent the last 20 years as a hairstylist. His goal is to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science from Antioch University with which he may better serve the LGBTQ community. Michael received the Gray Wolf Ranch Scholarship.

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Cady Smith currently works four different jobs on top of being a full time student in order to fund her education. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Graphic Design, and minors in Women’s and Gender Studies and Art History. Cady received the Jack D. Motteler Visual Arts and Washington Regional Scholarships.

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Ryan Smith is a first year student at the University of Washington School of Medicine where he will earn an M.D. degree. Ryan received the Robert Browning and Tony DeBlase Scholarships.

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Haddy Sowe is from Vancouver, WA and was born in Gambia, West Africa. Haddy has been accepted to The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles, CA and will be working on a Bachelor’s degree in performing arts. Haddy received the Patricia Van Kirk and Thelma Fisher Dewitty Scholarships.

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Claire Thomas has been attending Evergreen State College for almost two years and focusing on the intersection between environmental studies and social justice. Claire received the Cole Family Scholarship.

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Harley Tonelli is a Seattle native currently attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. and majoring in Music Business & Management. Harley received the Dennis Coleman Scholarship.

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Nyka is graduating this June from the University of Washington (UW) with a Bachelors of Science in Microbiology and a minor in Global Health. Nyka plans to attend UW to work towards a Masters of Public Health and Masters of Microbiology. Nyka received the James and Colin Lee Wozumi Scholarship.

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Madeleine “Abena” 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. Abena received the Robert Browning and Scott Rodriguez Athletics Scholarships.

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A junior English major and Theatre minor at Whitman College, Tyle works editorship positions for several campus literary and creative arts publications including Whitman College’s blue moon, quarterlife, and QUEERING. Tyle received the Bill Bendiner-Doug Morgenson Visual Arts Scholarship.

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Ryely Waite-Jones is currently attending The University of Washington pursuing a Masters in Social Work. Ryely is queer and transgender, and is proud to have worked to create better lives for the LGBTQ community. Ryley received the Don Renschler Mental Health Scholarship.

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Dalton Warr plans to attend either Westminster College or Willamette University as a freshman in the fall of 2014 to study Philosophy and eventually go to law school to fight for human rights. Dalton received the Urashi Zen and Idaho Regional Scholarships.

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Julie Weismann is planning to attain her Master’s Degree in Non-profit management at the University of Oregon. Julie received the Oregon Regional Scholarship.

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Kaseja Wilder is a 53-year-old student leader pursuing her Masters in Social Work at Portland State University. Kaseja received the Under Our Roof Scholarship.

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Emily Withnall is currently pursuing a M.S. at the University of Montana in Environmental Studies, with an emphasis on environmental writing and teaches freshmen composition at the University of Montana. Emily received the Montana Regional Scholarship.

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Hill Wolfe will be attending Cornell University to pursue a Masters in Public Administration, concentrating in Human Rights and Social Justice and Human Ecology. Hill received the Washington Regional Scholarship.

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Anthony Yun is currently a junior at the University of Washington in the Foster School of Business, concentrating in Finance and Operations & Supply Chain Management. Anthony received the Brian M. Day Scholarship.

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Originally born in El Salvador, Ruben Zecena is a queer Latino man pursuing an English teaching degree with a Women Studies & Queer Studies minor at Washington State University. Ruben received the Washington Regional Scholarship.

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