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2015 Scholars

In 2015, our community review teams awarded $403,850 to 124 LGBTQ and Ally students across the Northwest.

Pride Foundation’s 2015 Scholars are:

Lina Ali is attending Seattle Community College pursuing a degree to become a social worker. As a foreign-born advocate raising awareness for HIV/AIDS, Lina hopes to inspire African born folks, as well as others, to get tested for HIV. Lina received the Reverend Gwen Hall, Washington Regional, and Wozumi Family Scholarships.

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Branden Ambert is attending Portland State University where he is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Biology. He has endured many hardships in his life, but has made many efforts to obtain sustainability thanks to support from Outside In. Branden received the Under Our Roof Scholarship.

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Cohen Anaya is currently pursuing an Associate’s degree in Fine Arts and Humanities at the Helena College. He is an active participant of the local LGBTQ community in hopes of making positive impacts and changes in the lives of others. Cohen received the Bill Bendiner & Doug Morgenson Scholarship.

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Chelsea Anderson is attending San Diego State University, pursuing a degree in Sociology/Political Science in preparation for becoming a Civil Rights Attorney. Chelsea has always stood up for the underdog. Chelsea received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Whidbey Giving Circle Scholarships

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Mick Arieta is a graduating senior at The Evergreen State College, concentrating in public policy and sustainability. He is pursuing a graduate degree in urban planning. Mick received the Political Leadership Scholarship.

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Trina Banks currently attends Seattle University and is pursuing a Master of Divinity. Her service to the LGBTQ community was demonstrated through her work as a member of Sojourner Truth Ministries, where she provided pastoral care primarily to African Americans affected by HIV/AIDS. Trina received the Lois Peterson Scholarship.

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Heni Barnes is attending the University of Alaska and will earn an undergraduate degree in Geological Engineering. She is working towards a career as a Planetary Geological Engineer for NASA or a private space company. Heni received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Whidbey Giving Circle Scholarships.

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Olivia Barrell is planning to attend Digipen Institute of Technology to pursue a BS in Computer Science. Upon graduation she will improve a predominantly male industry by lending a strong female, LGBTA voice. Olivia received the Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarship.

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Joanna Bautista is attending the University of Alaska Anchorage and is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Social Work with a minor in Strategic Studies. As an advocate for child welfare and family social services, Joanna strives to conduct research and to develop evidence-based practices for the treatment and prevention of adverse childhood experiences. Joanna received the Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarship.

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Oscar Beltran is completing an Associate’s degree and Women’s Studies certificate at Clark College where he has served as President of the Queer Penguins and Multicultural Students Club. He has also there worked as a Peer Mentor in the Center of Diversity and Equity. Oscar received the Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarship

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Lexi Bergeron attends University of Oregon where she is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Psychology with a possible change to Women Gender Studies. As a transitioning transgender female Lexi plans to stand as a public figure for transgender youth and the transgender community at University of Oregon. Lexi received the Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarship.

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Isaiah Bertagnolli is attending Montana State University in Bozeman. Isaiah was president of Bozeman High School’s GSA for 2 years and is studying Art History and Photography, but intends to solely study Art History and minor in Gender Studies. Isaiah received the Jack D. Motteler and Paul Arnold Scholarships.

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Karama Blackhorn is a Queer Indigenous activist, educator and organizer. Karama earned her B.A. from The Evergreen State College focused on Race, Gender, and Sexuality. Her work centralizes anti-oppression education to build community and empower leadership among underrepresented college students. Karama received the Political Leadership, Scott Rodriguez Athletics, and Washington Regional Scholarships

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Luke Boone is attending his first year of college at Portland Community College Cascade. Luke has been very involved with the youth space of SMYRC.
FY is April 1 through Luke received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Oregon Regional Scholarships

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Homer Bozarth is attending Blue Mountain Community College so he can learn more about plants. He likes to know how they grow, how to take care of them, and how to create an environment that plants survive in. Homer received the Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarship.

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Ryan Branson plans on attending design school in either New York or Washington to pursue a graduate degree in Fashion Design and Visual Communications Design. Ryan received the Paul Arnold Scholarship.

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Candice Brings Plenty is pursuing her Master of Public Administration and Health Administration. She is focused on health policy and advocating for the LGBTQ community. Candice received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Oregon Regional Scholarships.

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Alik Brundrett is attending The Art Institute of Seattle and is in his final year of the BFA Web/Graphic Design program. He works as a Digital Media Designer for Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest in Seattle and is on the Board of Advocates for the non-profit group Seattle Subway. Alik received the Bashert Scholarship.

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Anne Bryson Doyle has returned to school to pursue a degree in social work. As the mother of 7 foster to adopt children, she has become a strong voice for the need for permanence for children like hers, winning the Stella Mae Carmichael Award in 2008 and joining the board of directors for Amara in 2011. Anne received the Under Our Roof Scholarship.

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Jasmin Carmona will be attending the University of Oregon to major in nursing. She is currently going on her third year of volunteering at the local hospital to get hands-on experience. Jasmin was also co-president of the Gay-Straight Alliance in her high school for two years. Jasmin received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Kevin J. Mossier Scholarships.

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Stefan Cavin is a senior history major at The College of Idaho. He dedicates his time to promoting awareness about LGBTQ issues, and organizing and instigating change through activism. Stefan received the Idaho Regional Scholarship.

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Audrey Chavarria Calderon, born in Mexico City, is studying Computer Science at the University of Washington in Tacoma. Audrey and his family moved to Washington from Alabama because of a rising wave of anti-immigrant laws and hostility against members of the LGBTQ community. Audrey received the Brian M. Day and Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarships.

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Shaun Christean is a senior planning to pursue the study of critical languages in college. They have long been committed to social justice activism, particularly in the spheres of feminism, LGBTQIAP rights, and advocacy for people of color. Shaun Christean received the Bill McKnight Legacy and Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarships.

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Javier Clawson grew up in the greater Seattle area of the Pacific Northwest and is currently attending University of Washington’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Javier’s professional goals include practice in a community health clinic serving marginalized communities and completing public health research needed to change healthcare policy to improve care for LGBTQIA populations. Javier received the Robert Browning and Trans* Identified Scholarships.

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Elmer Coria is currently a senior at Mount Rainier High School and will graduate in 2015. An advocate for the rights and cultural awareness of the Latino community, Elmer wants to make a durable impact in his community. Elmer received the Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarship.

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Maria Crouch is a first year PhD student in the Clinical-Community Psychology Program with a Rural and Indigenous Emphasis at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Maria received the Associates in Behavioral Health and Don Renschler Mental Health Scholarships.

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

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Shivaunne Davis is currently pursuing her Alcohol and Drug Counseling Associates at Portland Community College while completing her BA in Social Work at Concordia University. She then will begin her MSW. Shivaunne received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Oregon Regional Scholarships.

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Kolby Deagle is a sophomore at Boise State University and is pursuing a BFA in Illustration. He works as a Resident Assistant for Boise State Housing and Residence Life. Kolby received the Jack D. Motteler Scholarship.

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Daniel DeGeare is a first year student at The Evergreen State College and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in science with intentions to go on to acquire a master’s degree. He is passionate about science and hopes to go into the medical field or a career as an environmental scientist, determining ways to manage the current climate change. Daniel received the Under Our Roof Scholarship.

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Jamie Des Enfants currently lives in Bozeman, Montana and is very active in the areas of music and community service. Jamie wants to attend a liberal arts school outside of Montana and study Sociology, Music or Gender Studies. Jamie received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Rainbow City Band Scholarships.

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Manu Diaz-Ordaz is a transnational rainbow migrant from the southern state of Oaxaca in Mexico. He migrated to the United States when he was three and has since been closely connected to the lands that his elders have historically toiled. Manu received the Daniella Altfeld-Moreno and Washington Regional Scholarships.

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Truc-Vi Duong and her family immigrated into the United States in 2008. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at the University of Portland in 2013. Vi received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Oregon Regional Scholarships.

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Deserae Duran is a Mexican, queer person attending Seattle Central Community College. She is taking prerequisite courses to attend the Radiological Technology program at Bellevue College. Deserae received the Under Our Roof Scholarship.

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After obtaining her Associates Degree in Nursing at Everett Community College, Melissa Ebben became the first Forensic Nurse Examiner hired by Providence Intervention Center for Assault and Abuse as a new graduate. Her volunteerism, intelligence and community support made this possible. Melissa received the Don Renschler Mental Health Scholarship.

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Tito Ellis is attending Spokane Community College in pursuit of an Associates of Business degree before furthering his education towards a bachelor’s degree. He aspires to own a successful restaurant to support his daughter in the event anything happens to him. Tito received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Inland Northwest Business Alliance Scholarships.

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Oliver Fauria is attending Los Angeles City College’s Nursing Program in order to obtain his RN license. As a low-income beneficiary of radical queer healthcare as a youth, his transition was both accessible and de-stigmatized. Oliver received the Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarship.

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David Ferguson is currently a private school music teacher in the Seattle area, teaching choirs, general music, and directing musicals. He earned his bachelor’s degree in music and master’s degree in teaching at Seattle Pacific University. David received the Dennis Coleman Choral Conducting and Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarships

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Chandrika Francis is attending University of Washington and pursuing a Master of Education with a focus on environmental education. She strongly believes that every young person deserves to have a connection with the natural world and to be part of a healthy community. Chandrika received the Barbara Bailey and Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarships.

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Reed Garber-Pearson is an artist and activist committed to connecting underserved populations with vital resources. She is currently attending University of Washington getting a Master of Library and Information Science. Reed received the Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarship.

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Rigoberto Garcia is currently pursuing a degree in accounting at Seattle University and wishes to serve as a positive role model. He volunteers at the Rainbow Center in Tacoma, Washington where he founded El Batallon Unido, an educational LGBTQ Latino/a group that informs the LGBTQ Latino/a community about available resources. Rigoberto received the Washington Regional Scholarship

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Kale Gardner attends North Star Charter School, where they are enrolled in an International Baccalaureate (IB) program. They have many goals to positively impact the LGBT+ community. Kale received the Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarship.

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Andrew Geske is pursuing a Master of Social Work at Boise State University and hopes to use this education to become a resource to the LGBTQ communities in the Boise, Idaho area. Andrew received the Idaho Regional and Wozumi Family Scholarships.

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Hillary Gleason is pursuing her PhD in Clinical Psychology as well as a graduate certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at University of Montana. As a health disparities researcher, Hillary believes in the potential of research to advocate for the needs of LGBTQ individuals and to enact positive social change. Hilary received the Montana Regional Scholarship.

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Kelly Grace worked with birthing families through a non-profit birth and community center performing many roles including doula, lactation counselor, and volunteer board member. Kelly received the Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarship.

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Luke Grayson graduated from high school in 2013. He is currently a part of the OutSpokane board and has participated in other LGBT+ community boards over the last two years. Luke received the Under Our Roof Scholarship.

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Mykal Green is a senior at Chief Sealth International High School and is pursuing the IB Diploma. As a facilitator of social justice workshops for Global Visionaries, he seeks to help arm youth with tools to combat the systematic oppression they will encounter in their everyday lives. Mykal received the Brian M. Day and Washington Regional Scholarships.

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Siche Green-Mitchell is pursuing a Master of School Counseling at Lewis and Clark College. As a dynamic leader and change agent, Siche believes education can transform lives, and has dedicated himself to increasing access and equity for LGBTQ communities and communities of color. Siche received the Oregon Regional and Scott Rodriguez Athletics Scholarships.

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Currently pursuing her PhD in clinical psychology, Cierra Gromoff hopes to work with underserved LGBTQ and minority populations in rural areas. Cierra, a queer Alaskan Native, spent much of her childhood on the Aleutian Islands before becoming the first in her family to graduate college. Cierra received the Alaska Regional and Dunham-Kerley Scholarships.

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Nora Herzog is graduating at the top of her class from West Anchorage High School. She hopes to pursue an undergraduate degree in Nursing and Russian. Nora received the Alaska Regional Scholarship.

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Shelley Higman is a first-year medical student at Pacific Northwest University Osteopathic Medical School. She plans to return to Whidbey Island to practice, increasing the access of her community to holistic primary care medicine. Shelley received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Whidbey Giving Circle Scholarships.

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Makayla Hordyk is attending Woodinville High School as a senior planning to attend a four-year university in hope of becoming a doctor. She is an advocate of making appropriate health care easier to access for LGBTQ folks, especially the transgender community. Makayla received the Bellevue PFLAG and Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarships.

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Mary Hyder is attending the University of Washington and working towards a degree in Business Administration with a focus on Marketing. Mary empathizes with those who often struggle the most when coming out to their true identity. Mary received the Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarship.

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Katy Imbrone is a 27-year old returning student and mathematics tutor studying mathematics and education at The Evergreen State College. Katy is passionate about education, working class reform, and empowerment, with the goal of deconstructing the systematic tracking-out of students from technical fields and mathematics. Katy received the Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarship.

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Rachel Jackson is a student at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and one of the very few transgender medical students in the country. She is interested in both primary and emergency care, and is dedicated to making healthcare a more humane environment for LGBTQ people. Rachel received the Robert Browning Scholarship.

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Tascha Johnson is the first in her family to attend college and this past year graduated with an Associate’s Degree from Portland Community College. She is currently in the Urban Honors Program and pursuing her undergraduate degree at Portland State University in Health Studies: Health Science. Tascha received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Wozumi Family Scholarships.

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Cole Ketcherside is attending The Evergreen State College pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree. As an advocate for youth, Cole has dedicated the past ten years towards addressing youth homelessness as an outreach worker, educator, trainer, and counselor. Cole received the Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarship

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Michelle Knerr attends Montana State University, pursuing an undergraduate bachelor’s degree in pre-vet microbiology and eventually a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She enhances her education with internships and research projects. Michelle received the Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarship.

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Peter Kohring is attending Seattle Central College and will graduate June 2015 with an Associate of Arts Degree. In fall of 2015, Peter will attend the University of Washington to pursue a degree in Psychology and a minor in Dance. Peter received the Under Our Roof Scholarship.

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Chantelle is working on a Bachelor/Master of Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine at Bastyr University. They will follow with a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine and eventually open an integrated clinic with their life partner. Chantelle received the Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarship.

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Teddy Laboy is a young professional ecologist attending Seattle University. Coming from a small town in the north Olympic Peninsula, Seattle has given him the opportunity, confidence, and support system to be a proud gay male, allowing him to represent the LGTBQ community by volunteering at the Pride Foundation and Bank of America for workplace equality. Teddy received the Brian M. Day and Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarships.

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Luke Laughlin is currently pursuing a law degree at University of Montana. As a very active member of the LGBTQ community in Missoula, Luke plans to use their law degree to help transgender individuals navigate the legal system; particularly in criminal justice matters. Luke received the Montana Regional Scholarship.

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Tyler Leogrande is a high school senior pursuing a career as a teacher in mathematics. As a transman currently undergoing hormone replacement therapy, he strongly supports LGBTQ individuals. Tyler received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Oregon Regional Scholarships.

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Rafael/a Luna-Pizano is currently applying for a Master of Communications through the Native Voices documentary film program at University of Washington. A caretaker within trans* and queer communities of color, Rafael/a has worked closely with two-spirit/ed elders and young folks to create accessible ceremonies and culturally appropriate medicine. Rafael/a received the Equal Access & Opportunity, Lee S. Burke, and Phoenix Benner Native & First Nations Scholarships.

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ToniAnne Machala is a senior at Evergreen High School, and is an outspoken young woman who will defend all her fellow LGBTQA+ kids whenever they need assistance. Consistently looking for someone in need, she does her best to extend a helping hand. ToniAnne received the Dennis Coleman Choral Conducting Scholarship.

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Jose Madrid Beltran is attending Portland State University for freshmen year and intends to transfer to Linfield for sophomore year. Jose intends to become a nurse and hopes to have a career in the medical while being a strong activist. Jose received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Oregon Regional Scholarships.

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Ane Mathieson is the co-founder of University of Washington’s Fourth Wave Feminists and the Furies Collective, organizer of the YesAllWomenLive rally, a former Fulbright Fellow, and a devoted grassroots activist committed to advancing social justice in her community. Ane received the Associates in Behavioral Health and Don Renschler Mental Health Scholarships.

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Jeannie Mayotte-Davies and her wife are raising their three amazing children together. She is a welder who is pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering at the Washington Engineering Institute. Jeannie received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Whidbey Giving Circle Scholarships.

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LaMar McBride is a dynamic and astute student attending Seattle University pursuing a degree in Applied Mathematics. Due to his excellent performance in college, LaMar has been acknowledged at Seattle University by being deemed an Xavier Scholar and Bannan Scholar. LaMar received the Brian M. Day and Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarships.

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Eli Michael is attending the University of Alaska at Anchorage where xe is studying social work and co-enrolled in the Honors College. Xe is studying non-conforming gender identities and how they identify sexually in a qualitative independent research study. Eli received the Equal Access & Opportunity and James Crump Memorial Scholarships.

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Morgan Michels is currently attending the Northwest College of Art and Design studying for her BFA in visual communication with majors in Graphic Design and Illustration. Morgan is a member, advocate and supporter for LGBTQ rights everywhere. Morgan received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Paul Arnold Memorial Scholarships.

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Jessica Milford, a recent graduate of Idaho State University with a B.A. in social work, and has been accepted into the Advanced Standing MSW program at University of Utah. Jessica is an avid advocate for LGBTQ+ folk in rural communities as she emphasizes intersectionality and works hard to empower her community to tell their stories of adversity and survival. Jessica received the Idaho Regional, Rosenberg-Ibarra, and Tony DeBlase Scholarships.

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Adrianna Mills is currently attending Bellevue College full time. Adrianna will be transferring to Antioch University in the fall, where she will pursue a degree in Social Justice Studies. Adrianna received the Deloris Carter Hampton and Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarships.

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Yasuhito Nakasato is attending the University of Alaska Anchorage and pursuing a degree in Art. Nakasato hopes to inspire social change through creative endeavors and intercultural dialogue. Yasuhito received the Alaska Regional Scholarship.

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Thomas Nguyen grew up in Renton, WA where he graduated from Oliver M. Hazen High School and now 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 Scholarship.

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Day Olver is attending Everett High School and plans to get his Mortuary degree at Lake Washington Technical College after graduation this June. He tries his hardest to give back to the LGBTQ+ community by attending an all-queer youth group, and helping them put on such local events as Pink Prom and SnoHomo Bingo. Day received the Lenehan-Warn Technical Education Scholarship.

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Marty Ortiz will be attending Capella University and pursuing a PhD in Addiction Psychology. She is a Licensed Addiction Counselor Eligible (LACE) and seeks to make a difference in the LGBTQ community by narrowing the gap between addiction treatment and the individuals seeking resources. Marty received the Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarship.

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Victoria Pacho is an activist, lesbian, and woman of color who builds bridges. She seeks to continue her education with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Victoria’s analytical logic has been continually developed by academic studies. Victoria received the Under Our Roof Scholarship.

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Rafael Padilla is attending the University of Washington and pursuing an undergraduate degree in nursing. Through medicine he hopes to expand quality medicinal care to underrepresented minority and LGBTQ communities who have financial or other impassable obstacles. Rafael received the Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarship.

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Landyn Pan is attending Chapman University and pursing a degree in Public Relations & Advertising. Landyn is the development director and graphic designer for Trans Student Educational Resources, an organization that fights for trans* justice in education, and creative/campaign committee head at Multicultural Enterprise, a Chapman club that aims to solve diversity issues on campus. Landyn received the Paul Arnold Memorial and Ric Ulrich & Chuck Pischke Scholarships.

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Arriving from the indigenous poverty-stricken highlands of the Yucatan Peninsula to Portland, Oregon 14 years ago, Alex Perez managed to beat the odds while empowering his community. Alex Perez will be pursuing his Master of Social Work degree to empower gay Latino youth. Alex received the Oregon Regional and Social Work Scholarships.

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Dianne Piggott is a mature woman returning to college to finish a Bachelor of Psychology degree and a Master of Social Work degree. This will allow her to follow her calling to be a counselor. Dianne received the Trans* Identified Scholarship.

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Alyssa Quintyne is currently attending the University of Fairbanks, majoring in Political Science with a minor of Music. Involved in groups such as UAF’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance and Interior Alaskans Coming Together (I-ACT), she is devoted to continuing to learn and support the LGBTQIAP community she cares about. Alyssa received the Alaska Regional Scholarship.

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Colby James Rezayat is currently attending the School of Social Work at the University of Washington where he is seeking his Master of Social Work. He works as an advocate for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, which he has done for the past 3 years. Colby received the Political Leadership and Washington Regional Scholarships

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Reilly Richards will be attending University of Washington in the fall of 2015 to pursue a degree in public health. She has been a member of her high school’s Gay Straight Alliance for 2 years and President for one. Reilly received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Whidbey Giving Circle Scholarships.

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Summer Richardson is studying to be a Family Nurse Practitioner at Seattle University. Summer’s long-term goal is to provide affordable, competent primary medical care for Seattle’s LGBTQQIA community, with a special focus on the chronically under-served transgender population. Summer received the Washington Regional Scholarship.

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Ari Robbins is a transgender alumnus of AmeriCorps as well as The Evergreen State College, has been involved with community organizing around a variety of issues, and has impacted policy on the state level. Ari received the Bashert Scholarship.

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Niko Rojas continues to strive for excellence in academics and is doing so at Arizona State University. He is active in several organizations and has the opportunity to perform individualized research with his psychology professor, Dr. Nanez. Niko received the Frank W. Ross and Idaho Regional Scholarships.

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Reverend Steven Sawyer is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at Multnomah Seminary. He is an aspiring theologian studying under such great affirming voices as Bishop O. C. Allen, III, Bishop Yvette Flunder, and Reverend Edwin C. Sanders, llI. Steven received the Donald O. Coffman and Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarships.

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Xavier Shepler is a senior at Palmer High School. As the child of a teenage mother, Xavier was raised to recognize the importance of social justice and giving back to one’s community. Xavier received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Robert Browning Scholarships.

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Jackson Shultz is an author, educator, and activist. Currently, he serves as an advisor for Trans Youth Equality Foundation, as Education Director for TEACH Alliance, and as an Adjunct Professor of Writing. Jackson received the Washington Regional Scholarship.

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Alyx Steadman is a junior at New York University, originally from Hamilton, Montana. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Social Work with two minors in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies and Multifaith and Spiritual Leadership. Alyx received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Wozumi Family Scholarships.

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Angela Tang is attending Whitman College and pursuing an undergraduate degree in Economics. Her long term goal is to achieve economic equity through public policy or leadership in corporate business. Angela received the Asian & Pacific Islander Queer Sisters and Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarships.

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Steven Tang is a senior at Liberty High School. His academic plans are to major in human physiology and a minor in graphic design for undergrad. Steven received the Scott Rodriguez Athletics, Varsity Athletics, and Vasquez Pride in Health Scholarships.

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Mumtaz Teeters is attending South Puget Sound Community College and pursuing an associates of science transfer degree hoping to continue on in her education to one day become an anesthesiologist. Mumtaz received the Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarship.

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Bradlee Thielen plans on attending Western Washington University in the fall of 2015 and to major in Graphic Design and minor in Anthropology. He plans on representing the LGBT community through visual representation in the media. Bradlee received the Paul Arnold Memorial Scholarship.

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Melissa Vera is attending Boise State University pursuing her second bachelor’s degree in nursing. She hopes to continue on to graduate school, where she can gain the experience she needs to be an LGBTQ leader of color in the medical field. Melissa received the Idaho Regional and Vasquez Pride in Health Scholarships.

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Jeff Verlanic is a first year MFA candidate in the Kanbar Institute of Film & Television at NYU-Tisch. After three years of improvising and performing with Second City and iO in Chicago, Jeff decided to further develop the stories he told on stage. Jeff received the Montana Regional Scholarship.

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Dalton Warr is attending the College of Idaho and is pursuing a BA in Philosophy, but has not waited to start his advocacy work. Dalton is currently on the executive committee for the LGBTA Democratic Caucus of Idaho and is affiliated with many other organizations. Dalton received the Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarship.

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Meghann Wiedl is a raised-poor, queer, academic, and lifelong artist. She has a BA from the University of Washington where she majored in anthropology. Meghann received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Patricia Van Kirk Scholarships

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Caden Williams is attending the University of Oregon and pursuing an undergraduate degree in Computer and Information Sciences. Always eager to learn more and become an advocate, he stays active in LGBTQ communities and communities of people of color. Caden received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Friends of Alan Turing Scholarships.

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Hannah Wilson is currently pursuing a Master of Mental Health Counseling degree with a focus in Human Sexuality through Walden University. Hannah received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Tony DeBlase Scholarships.

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Jean Withers is attending Portland State University and pursuing a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in gender, sexuality, and queer studies. After attaining a Master of Public Administration with a specialization in non-profit management, Jean’s career goals will be organizing community non-profits which support the needs of queer and trans* individuals, specifically queer and trans* youth. Jean received the Under Our Roof Scholarship.

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Tiffany Woelfel is attending the University of Washington and pursuing dual master’s degrees in Public Health and Social Work. They advance the rights of LGBTQI communities, survivors of violence, people with disabilities, people at-risk or living with sexually transmitted infections and drug users through activism, research and policy work. Tiffany received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Wozumi Family Scholarships

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Aster Wolfe is attending Portland Community College, pursuing an undergraduate degree in nursing. An active member of transgender and queer communities for twenty years, he is deeply committed to helping create more accessible, competent healthcare for queer and trans* people. Aster received the Oregon Regional and Vasquez Pride in Health Scholarships.

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Shain Wright is attending Washington State University Vancouver and pursuing double bachelor’s degrees in Human Development and Public Affairs. As Shain’s passion is queer youth, Shain strives to support this community through advocacy and education geared toward organizations and institutions that interact or serve queer youth. Shain received the Cole Family Scholarship.

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Ruben Zecena is a queer activist at Washington State University where they study English Teaching, Women Studies, and Queer Studies. They are a Social Justice Peer Educator for WSU’s Equity & Diversity Department. Ruben received the Washington Regional Scholarship

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William Zogg obtained his bachelor’s degree from The Evergreen State College and has been working for the past three years as a residential counselor at a crisis shelter. Will received the Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarship.

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