Pride Foundation Scholars, In Their Own Words
Karama Blackhorn is a 2017 Pride Foundation Scholar and a Queer Indigenous activist, educator, and organizer living in Olympia, WA. Karama is pursuing a Master of Public Administration with a focus in Tribal Governance at Evergreen State College. Her career goals include utilizing her experience as multicultural affairs professional and her passion for education to create stronger policies and programs that advance opportunities and access for minority students.
Listen to Karama speak at the 2017 Seattle Scholarship Celebration:
Daniel Ensley is a 2017 Pride Foundation Scholar. He is currently attending Grays Harbor College in pursuit of an Associates of Arts degree with a focus in Psychology. He will transfer to UW – Tacoma this fall and earn a Bachelor’s degree to become a young adult clinical psychologist for the LGBTQ+ community. He hopes to advocate for and help the younger generation and make sure they have access to the resources they deserve.
Listen to Daniel speak at the 2017 Seattle Scholarship Celebration:
Isyss Honnen is a 2017 Pride Foundation Scholar. She identifies as a Fa’afafine activist and organizer in Seattle. She is currently attending Western Governors University pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting with plans to sit for the CPA exam at the end of this year to become a CPA. Isyss uses her experience to empower other Pacific Islander Indigenous trans women to pursue higher education and leadership development and is dedicated to helping Pacific Islander trans women in the sex industry around access to healthcare, education, employment, and legal help.
Listen to Isyss speak at the 2017 Seattle Scholarship Celebration:
Dylan Orr is a 1997 Pride Foundation Scholar Alum. He is the Director of the Office of Labor Standards for the City of Seattle. Appointed by Mayor Murray in May 2015, Orr is the first openly transgender individual to be appointed to the Mayor’s Cabinet for the City of Seattle. Previously, Orr served in the Obama Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor from 2009 to 2015, where he was the first openly transgender person appointed to any U.S. presidential administration.
Listen to Dylan speak at the 2017 Seattle Scholarship Celebration:
Our scholarship application opens mid-October 2017 and will close mid-January 2018.
In 1993, Brian M. Day, an activist and community leader, established the first scholarship fund at Pride Foundation. Brian understood first-hand the barriers and challenges that black gay men faced while pursuing a post-secondary degree—prompting him to focus his scholarship funds on supporting gay men of color that have significant financial need and demonstrate leadership through community engagement.
More than 20 years later, Pride Foundation’s scholarship program is still guided by Brian M. Day’s legacy, with an emphasis on providing essential financial resources and community support to LGBTQ students across the Northwest—particularly those who are vulnerable and continue to be marginalized.
Pride Foundation’s scholarship program is committed to supporting LGBTQ and allied students that:
- Show leadership potential either within the LGBTQ community and/or within their field of study;
- Lack a broader LGBTQ community support system;
- Face additional barriers to educational access, including students who are economically, racially, socially, geographically, or politically disenfranchised. For example: LGBTQ students of color, transgender students, LGBTQ immigrant students, LGBTQ youth aging out of foster care, and students who have experienced homelessness, poverty, or isolation due to geography;
- Demonstrate significant financial need
Attend a Free Scholarship Workshop
Online scholarship workshops are also available for students and educators who would like more insight into the Pride Foundation and the application process. Workshop information for the 2017-2018 Scholarship cycle will be posted on this site once scheduled.
Download our 8½” x 11” color flyers (below) to share and promote the scholarship application. Designed for easy printing.
If you need more information regarding this process, contact your area’s Regional Philanthropy Officer. For general scholarship assistance or questions, please email our Educational Programs Officer or call 1.800.735.7287.