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2017 Scholars

2017 Pride Scholarship Recipients

Quinn Angelou-Lysaker was born in Seattle, WA and lives in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. She is a senior at Franklin High School and plans to pursue a BA in Journalism studying at Boston University or Tufts University. She received the Pride Foundation Community and Washington Regional scholarship.

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Veronica/V/Oscar Beltran Leyva was born in Tepic, Nayarit Mexico, and now lives in Vancouver, WA, where they completed an Associate’s degree and Women’s Studies certificate at Clark College. Currently, they are attending Washington State University Vancouver. Veronica/V/Oscar Beltran Levya received the Washington Regional and Pride Foundation Community scholarship. 

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Lexi Bergeron grew up in Lake Oswego, OR and now resides in Eugene, attending the University of Oregon and pursuing an undergraduate degree in Psychology. A member of Kappa Alpha Theta, Lexi is one of the first out transgender women ever to be accepted into a national sorority. Lexi received the Pride Foundation Community scholarship.

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Gabriella Blatt grew up on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation in the state of Montana. She plans to attend either Stanford University or Yale University as an undergraduate and study political science. She recieved the Montana Regional and Pride Foundation Community scholarships.

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Maxwell Blue grew up in Boise, ID and is pursuing an Associate’s degree at the College of Western Idaho with a focus on Museum Studies, Art History, and English Literature. In the future, he hopes to attend the Academy of Art University for a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and Art history and then onto the Harvard Extension School for Museum Studies and Management. Maxwell received the Idaho Regional and Paul Arnold Scholarships.

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Kenadi Browne grew up and still lives in Renton, WA, and is hoping to attend Colgate University to pursue an undergraduate degree in physics or astrophysics. Kenadi’s career goals include either going into research in astrophysics or becoming an astronaut. Kenadi received the Bellevue PFLAG, Washington Regional, and Pride Foundation Community Scholarships.

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Anne Bryson-Doyle lives in Seattle, WA and is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts at the University of Washington. Ultimately, Anne aims to attain an MSW to work on changing the foster care system to achieve permanence for every child. Anne received the Jack D. Motteler scholarship.

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Emilee J Buchanan is from Federal Way, WA and is currently living in Bellingham, WA, where she is attending Western Washington University and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Music Education and a teaching certification.  Emilee received the Dennis Coleman, Pride Foundation Community and Washington Regional scholarships.

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Miki Cabell grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, and is now living in Hoquiam, WA where she is attending Brandman University, pursuing her Doctoral degree in Education with an emphasis Transformational Leadership. Mikki received the Washington Regional, the Pride Foundation Community and the Phoenix Benner Natives & First Nations Scholarships.

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Elmer Coria-Islas came of age in Guerrero, Mexico and is now residing in Tacoma, attending Pacific Lutheran University, pursuing an undergraduate degree in Hispanic Studies and Elementary School Education, with a French Minor. Elmer received the Lee S. Burke, Washington Regional, and Pride Foundation Community scholarships.

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Jose Cruz moved from the Midwest to Portland, OR in 2000 where he has been an active part of the LGBT community. He is a registered nurse pursuing a Master’s degree in Nursing, Psychiatric and Mental Health at Vanderbilt University. He received the Oregon Regional, Pride of the Rose, and Vasquez Pride in Health scholarships.

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Jo Curtis is from Bigfork, MT and currently lives in Missoula, MT, where he is a sophomore at the University of Montana. Jo is pursuing a BFA with a concentration in Media Arts, and a minor in women, gender, and sexuality studies. Jo recieved the Montana Regional and Pride Foundation Community scholarships.

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Jessica Darney lived in Moscow, ID, where she earned an undergraduate degree at University of Idaho in Biology. She is now studying at Spokane Falls Community College to become a Prosthetics Technician. Jessica received the Robert Browning and Pride Community Foundation scholarships.

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Jonathan Davidson grew up in Bath, ME and is now living in Bellingham, WA, where he attends Western Washington University. He is pursuing an undergraduate degree in English Literature. Jonathan received the Thelma Fisher Dewitty scholarship.

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Marlon Do Couto lives in Seattle, WA but is originally from Goiânia, Brazil. He is majoring in Finance with a minor in Economics at Seattle University. Marlon received the Washington Regional and Pride Foundation Community scholarships.

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Ryan DePauw is a first generation college student who was born in San Jose, CA. He currently thrives in Portland, OR and attends Portland Community College, working to complete his associate’s degree in General Studies. He plans on transferring to Portland State University in the fall where he will be a Speech Pathology major. Ryan received the Pride of the Rose and Pride Foundation Community scholarships.

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Cynthia DeVille is currently attending Columbia Basin College, and she will transfer to Lewis and Clark State in Lewiston, Idaho, to complete a BAS in Industrial Electronics Technology. Cynthia received the Patricia Van Kirk and Varsity Athletics scholarships. 

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Joseph Disan was born in Uganda and now lives in Portland, OR. Joseph is attending Portland Community College studying Economics & Business and plans to transfer to University of Washington to fulfill his ultimate goal to become an international human rights lawyer. Joseph received the Pride Foundation Community scholarship.

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Zackary Doiyos was raised in Spokane, WA and is attending Spokane Falls Community College in preparation for transfer to the University of Washington. He plans to acquire an undergraduate degree in Sociology. Zachary received the Washington Regional and Pride Foundation Community Scholarships.

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Vi Duong grew up in Vietnam and immigrated to the USA at the age of 17. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at the University of Portland, and is attending medical school at Oakland University – William Beaumont School of Medicine in Rochester, Michigan. Vi received the Robert Browning and Oregon Regional scholarships.

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Haley Eakin was born in Helena, Montana. After traveling around the country on scholarship as a ballet dancer, Haley returned to Montana to pursue undergraduate degrees in both Social Work and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Montana. Haley received the Robert R. Bergis and Theodore W. Rosenberg and Pride Foundation Community scholarships. 

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Daniel Ensley is currently attending Grays Harbor College in pursuit of an Associates of Arts degree with a focus in Psychology. He will transfer to university next fall and earn a Bachelor’s degree to become a young adult clinical psychologist for the LGBTQ+ community. Daniel received the APIQS and Washington regional scholarship. 

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Eliot Feenstra grew up in Pittsburgh, PA but has spent the past 4 years living in rural southern Oregon. He recently relocated to Portland to pursue an Art & Social Practice MFA at Portland State University. Eliot received the Oregon Regional and Trans*Identified scholarships.

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Angela Flores-Garcia grew up in Watsonville, CA and currently lives in White Center, WA with her wife. Angela attends South Seattle College and plans to transfer to the University of Washington to pursue a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Angela received the Barbara Bailey, Pride Foundation Community, and Washington Regional scholarships.

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Yasmin Flores-Lopez attends Willamette University to pursue an undergraduate degree in arts and science. Yasmin received the Kathy Spadoni Memorial Scholarship.

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Emily Forrette is from Tigard, Oregon, currently lives in Camas, WA and has received admissions with distinction to Western Washington University, where she intends to pursue an undergraduate degree in technical theatre, specifically set design. Emily received the Kathy Spadoni and Pride of the Rose scholarships.

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Chanrithy Fuller-Avalos was raised in Portland, Oregon. She will attend Western Oregon University, majoring in Educational Psychology and minoring in American Sign Language. Chanrithy received the Oregon Regional and Pride Foundation Community Scholarships.

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Caera Gramore lives in Bothell, WA and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Washington. She plans to build on her current work assisting homeless adults with disabilities, and homeless youth, including LGBTQ adults and youth. Caera received the Washington Regional and Don Renschler scholarships.

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Caleb Gumbs grew up on the island of St. Croix of the United States Virgin Islands and is now living in Spokane, WA, pursuing a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences at Washington State University. Caleb received the Vasquez Pride in Health, Pride Foundation Community, and Washington Regional scholarships.

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Elizabeth Guzman-Arroyo was raised in Cornelius, OR and now lives in Portland, OR, where she is pursuing a graduate degree in Student Affairs Administration at Lewis & Clark College. Elizabeth received the Daniella Altfeld-Moreno and the See the World Better scholarships.

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Ryley H was raised in Hawaii and currently resides in Beaverton, OR where he attends Portland State University and studies Business Administration and Marketing. Ryley recieved the Oregon Regional Scholarship.

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Dustina Haase-Lanier grew up and presently lives in Vancouver, WA. She attends Portland State University where she is pursuing a master’s degree in Social Work. Dustina received the Pride of the Rose, the Pride Foundation Community, and the Washington Regional Scholarships.

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Shijuan Haynes was raised in Texas but now lives in Auburn, WA. He attends the University of Washington – Tacoma and plans to pursue an undergraduate degree in Sustainable Urban Development and Environmental Studies. Shijuan received the Trans*Identified and Walker-Solveson scholarships.

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Shelly Higman is a third year medical student at PNWU of Health Sciences. Shelly received the Whidbey Giving Circle, Pride Foundation Community, and Washington Regional scholarships.

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Phillip Hill was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, and is currently a student at the University of Anchorage, Alaska. Philip received the Alaska Regional and Pride Foundation Community Scholarships.

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Isyss Honnen was raised in Pago Pago, American Samoa, until leaving for college in Hawaii at 17 years old. She moved to Washington for more opportunities and is now pursuing an undergraduate degree in accounting with plans to become a licensed C.P.A. Isyss received the Beyond the Bridge scholarship and the Washington regional scholarships.

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Jahn Jaramillo lives in Seattle, WA and attends the University of Washington, pursuing a graduate degree in Public Health within the Global Health department. Jahn received the Wozumi Family, Washington Regional and Pride Foundation Community scholarships.

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Jenelle Jepson was raised in the small city of Central Point, OR and is now living in beautiful Klamath Falls. She is attending Oregon Institute of Technology and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Jenelle received the Lenehan Warn-Oregon and the Pride Foundation Community scholarships.

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Nawal Karam is a Syrian who was born and raised in Oregon. Currently living in Portland, she hopes to stay close to home for college. She is undecided about which university she will be attending, but will major in biology with the goal of becoming an orthodontist. Nawal received the Kevin Mossier and Pride Foundation Community Scholarships.

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Eric King is originally from Minneapolis, but he has made Seattle his home for nearly 10 years. He is currently completing his Master of Public Health at the University of Washington. Eric received the Wozumi Family and Washington Regional scholarships.

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Benjamin Kitchell was born in Seattle, WA but grew up in Everett, WA. Since completing high school in Oak Harbor, he has been attending community college at Skagit Valley in Oak Harbor. Benjamin received the Whidbey Giving Circle Pride Foundation Community and Washington Regional scholarships.

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Michelle Knerr calls her family’s ranch in Lewistown, MT, home. Recently accepted to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, she is thrilled for the next chapter of her education.  Michelle received the Pride Foundation Community scholarship.

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Erika Kumar lives in Issaquah, WA, where she grew up. She hopes to attend a Stanford University in California and pursue a Bachelor of Science in Biology as a pre-med student. Erika recieved the Bellevue PFLAG, Pride Foundation Community, and Washington Regional scholarships.

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Amme Lahaie was raised in Stockton, CA and now resides in Bellingham, WA where she attends Bellingham Technical College pursuing dual degrees in Process Technology and Mechanical Engineering/Design. Amme received the Lenehan Warn-Washington scholarship.

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Janice Langbehn grew up in Spokane, WA, and moved to Tacoma, WA to attend the University of Puget Sound. She is currently a second year student at Seattle University School of Law. Janice received the Washington Regional and Pride Foundation Community scholarships.

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Ethan Lauesen grew up moving constantly, having been raised in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and small rural communities such as Klawock in Alaska. They attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks pursuing an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts. Ethan received the Alaska Regional scholarship.

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Adan Longoria Jr. lives in Clarkston, WA and attends Walla Walla Community College, pursuing a Bachelor in Nursing. Adan received the Dunham-Kerley and Washington Regional scholarships.

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Alessandro Lou is attending Seattle Central College and pursuing a degree in Physics and Computer Science. He plans to transfer to Seattle University or University of Washington after completing his Associates degree. Alessandro received the Washington Regional and Pride Foundation Community scholarships.

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Max Mackenzie grew up in Ohio, and currently resides in Kirkland, WA. Max is planning to attend Fairhaven College and pursue an undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies including Teaching, Social Justice, and English. Max received the Bellevue PFLAG, Pride Foundation Community and Washington Regional scholarships.

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Asher Matthews was born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up in Baton Rouge, LA. Asher is currently attending Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. Asher received the Walker-Solveson scholarship.

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Jeannie Mayotte-Davies has lived the past 6.5 years on Whidbey Island, WA with her wife and three children. She is in her third year as a Civil Engineering student at Washington Engineering Institute in Bellingham, WA. Jeannine received the Whidbey Giving Circle, Pride Foundation Community and Washington Regional scholarships.

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Isabel McGuigan is from Boise, ID and is currently living in Moscow, ID. Isabel is pursuing an undergraduate dual-degree in Conservation Biology and Wildlife Resources at the University of Idaho. Isabel received the Idaho Regional and Pride Foundation Community scholarships.

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Anna McClain-Sims grew up in Boise, ID and has lived there ever since. She hopes to attend Macalester or Smith College, where she can study in diverse environments and inspire people of all identities to get involved in science. She received the Idaho Regional scholarship.

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Yohanes Mezenghie grew up in Eritrea and currently lives in Seattle, WA. He will be pursuing a Nursing degree at Washington State University. Yohanes received the Washington Regional Scholarship.

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Jamie Caprice Minette grew up in Hope Mills, NC and currently lives in Boise, ID, where she attends Boise State University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Jamie received the Idaho Regional and Pride Foundation Community scholarships.

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Jackson Morgan grew up in Sisters, OR and is now attending the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, where he is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering. Jackson received the Lenehan Warn-OR and Pride Foundation Community scholarships.

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Jesse Neel grew up in Harrison, AR and has lived in Portland, OR for the past 16 years. He is pursuing an M.A. in Professional Mental Health Counseling Program at Lewis and Clark College. Jesse received the Pride of the Rose and Pride Foundation Community scholarships.

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Nghi Nguyen has grown up and lived in Sherwood, OR for most of her life. She hopes to be accepted into either UCLA, John Hopkins, or Vanderbilt University to study medicine. Ngahi received the Oregon Regional and Pride Foundation Community scholarships.

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Liem Nguyen grew up in Vietnam and now lives in Seattle, WA. He is pursuing an undergraduate degree in International Studies and Anthropology at the University of Washington. Liem received the Washington Regional Scholarship.

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Derek Nix grew up in Eugene, OR and moved to Portland after graduating from the University of Oregon. He will be attending Lewis & Clark Law School and to study business law with a focus in health law. Derek received the Davis Wright Tremaine and Pride of the Rose scholarships.

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Kason O’Connor grew up moving around South East Texas and is now living in Portland, OR. He is pursing an undergraduate degree for Mechanical Engineering at Portland State University. Kason received the Portland General Electric and Friends of Alan Turing scholarships. 

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Fennec Oak grew up in Sacramento, CA and has lived in Olympia, WA for the last decade. He is in pursuit of his Masters in Clinical Mental Health with a concentration in Sexual Orientation at Goddard College. Fennec received the Don Renschler, Tony DeBlase and Washington Regional scholarship.

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Demitra Olague grew up in McMinnville, OR and now resides in Ashland, OR pursuing an undergraduate degree in Theatre with a minor in Gender Sexuality and Women’s studies at Southern Oregon University. Demitra received the Pride Foundation Community scholarship.

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Neil Panchmatia was raised in Kenya, but now calls Portland, OR home. He is pursuing a dual Masters in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling/ Sociology at Portland State University. Neil received the Oregon Regional and Pride Foundation Community Scholarships.

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Maxanova Pantano grew up in Bremerton, WA, where he still resides. He is pursuing an Advanced Diploma in Game Art and Animation at the Academy of Interactive Entertainment in Seattle. Maxanova received the Bill McNight Legacy, Pride Foundation and Washington regional scholarships.

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Jory Paredes grew up in Rexburg, ID and is now living in Portland, OR. He is pursuing is Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with specialization in Neuropsychology at Pacific University Oregon. Jory received the City of Trees and Pride Foundation Community scholarships.

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Ramón Peñaranda was born in Cúcuta, Colombia, and currently lives in Seattle, WA. He is pursuing a Doctor of Dental Surgery at either the University of Washington or Columbia University. He studied chemistry and graduated magna cum laude from Seattle University. Ramón received the Brian M. Day and Washington Regional Scholarships.

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Michael Penhallegon grew up in Ellensburg, WA and is living in Olympia, WA  pursuing an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Public Health at Evergreen State College. Michael received the Brian M. Day and Wozumi Family scholarships. 

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Neka Perini is from Portland, OR and is pursuing an undergraduate degree in History and Secondary Education at Portland State University. Neka received the Oregon Regional and Walker-Solveson scholarships.

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Zane Rapiñan grew up in Seattle, WA and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in physics at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. Zane received the Walker-Solveson scholarship.

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Ruth Redding Hoffart is pursuing an undergraduate degree in studies vocal performance and German studies at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL. Ruth received the Dennis Coleman and Pride Foundation Community scholarship.

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Niko Rojas grew up in Caldwell, ID and is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Health Sciences (Pre-Professional) at Arizona State University. They plan on continuing their education to graduate school in hopes to promote LGBTQ acceptance and diversity through entrance in the medical professions while providing excellent patient care. Niko received the Idaho Regional and City of Trees Scholarships.

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Parker Sampson was born in Phoenix, AZ but now resides in Wasilla AK, and is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Music Education at the Mat-Su Campus of University of Alaska. Parker received the Rainbow City and Pride Foundation Community scholarships.

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Jackie Sandmeyer is an Oregon transplant, originally from Idaho. They are currently a Juris Doctor candidate at Willamette University College of Law, working toward providing legal services to low-income, communities of color, and LGBTQ+ Oregonians. Jackie received the Oregon Regional and Rosenberg-Ibarra Scholarships.

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Jillian Saxton-Moody grew up in South Carolina and now resides in Fairbanks, AK. She is pursuing a PhD in Public Health at Walden University. Jillian received the Alaska Regional and Pride Foundation Community Scholarships.

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Juan Serrano grew up in Yakima, WA. He is attending Whatcom Community College pursing an Associate’s degree in Business. Juan received the Washington Regional and Pride Foundation community scholarships.

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Kim Spurzem grew up in Helena, Montana and has been living in Missoula for almost 15 years. She is pursuing her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Montana.  Kim received the Montana Regional and Pride Foundation Community scholarships. 

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K Velazco was raised in southern Oregon and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing with a minor in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Southern Oregon University. K received the Len Tritsch, Robert Browning and Oregon Regional scholarships.

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Anthony Vicari is a 40-year plus gay male living in Everett, WA since 2000 and pursuing an associate’s transfer degree for Accounting part-time at Edmonds Community College.  Anthony received the AIDS Project Snohomish County and Washington Regional scholarships.

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Brahiam Villanueva grew up in Moses Lake, WA and lives in Spokane where he is pursuing a History and English double major at Gonzaga University. He plans to put his education to work as a fiction author, teacher, school principle, and someday as a professor. Brahiam received the Washington Regional and Pride Foundation Community Scholarships.

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Guinness Waller is currently attending Evergreen State College in Olympia and plans on transferring to CalArts to finish her BFA in Experimental Animation. Guinness received the Cole Family scholarship.

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Button Williams grew up in Houston, TX and is pursuing an Associate’s degree in Performance Art and Photography at Portland Community College with plans to transfer to Reed College or Portland State University to complete their undergraduate degree. Button received the Deloris Carter Hampton and Jakovina/McDonald Scholarships.

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Libby Wittman is originally from Montana and moved to Washington seven years ago. She will be pursuing an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering at Central Washington University with a minor in Chinese. Libby received the Thompson-Wittrock Pass It On, Pride Foundation Community, and Washington Regional scholarships.

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Stephanie Woodland was born and raised in Kalispell, MT. She is hoping to attend college on the East Coast, either Colby College or NYU in order to pursue an interdisciplinary degree combining neuroscience, education, human rights, theatre, and film. Stephanie received the Montana Regional and Pride Foundation Community scholarships. 

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Katie Woodzick grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, but after graduating with a BA in Theatre/Dance from Luther College they moved to Whidbey Island. They are now pursuing an MFA in Theatre in the Contemporary Performance program at Naropa University in Boulder, CO. Katie received the Whidbey Giving Circle, Pride Foundation Community, and Washington Regional scholarships.

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