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posted Friday, May 30 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 22
Pride Foundation awards scholarship money; U.S. Senator Patty Murray speaks at event
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Pride Foundation awards scholarship money; U.S. Senator Patty Murray speaks at event

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Since the founding of its Scholarship Program in 1993, Pride Foundation has supported more than 1,200 student leaders from the Northwest, with over $3 million in scholarships to ensure students can pursue their educational dreams. Pride Foundation scholars are self-identified LGBTQ youth, members of LGBTQ families, or straight allies who have been strongly supportive of the LGBTQ community.

This year, nearly $400,000 has been awarded to 105 students.

On Wednesday, Pride Foundation honored 2014 Pride Foundation Scholars at Cornish Playhouse. U.S. Senator Patty Murray and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray addressed the audience and scholars during a powerful evening that was both inspiring and heartfelt.

This year's scholarship cycle awarded nearly $400,000 to 105 students from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. In Washington, 62 LGBTQ and ally students received scholarships, totaling $211,900.

'One of the things I am struck by as I travel across our five states is that people, more than anything, want to be a part of something bigger than themselves. We want to know that we matter. Our scholarship program does just that,' said Kris Hermanns, Executive Director of Pride Foundation. 'It's not about whether our scholarship recipients grow up to become president - and believe me, some of them could. It's about recognizing them for who they are. It's about signaling to them that in a world that tells them every day and in too many ways, that they do not matter and do not exist - that in fact their lives do matter. They matter very much.'

'I am so proud to represent a state that can bring so many people together - year after year, from all over the Pacific Northwest - to recognize our outstanding LGBTQ and ally students,' Senator Murray said. 'A sincere thank you to the Pride Foundation for their ongoing work and congratulations to the scholarship recipients - I look forward to seeing all they will accomplish in the coming years.'

'Everyone deserves access to a quality education,' said Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. 'This is why I am so thankful for the important role that the Pride Foundation plays in ensuring that LGBTQ and all students have the opportunity to pursue their educational dreams. The students that we honor here tonight are a true inspiration, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for each one of them.'

According to Pride Foundation officials, all too often LGBTQ students do not have the family, financial, and community support in place to pursue their education. With tuition continuing to increase at a rapid rate - in Washington state higher education cuts recently led to the second largest tuition increase in the nation - financial aid has become even more important for students pursuing higher education.

For Lane Kaiser, a 2014 Pride Foundation scholar from Bremerton, Washington, the financial impact of a Pride Foundation scholarship was immeasurable.

'I was raised in a single parent home in Section 8 housing with no way to pay for school,' said Lane. 'If it were not for the scholarship Pride Foundation blessed me with, I would not have been able to pursue my dreams. I went from a high-risk, suicide-risk Transgender teen to a passionate social work major in a thriving environment because of Pride Foundation.'

Pride Foundation's scholarships provide a critical link to students facing financial hardship, and encourage students to achieve their fullest potential. Despite facing harassment and discrimination at home, work, and school, Lane has dedicated his life to supporting the LGBTQ community and promoting social justice. He has dedicated over 3,000 hours of community service to develop resources and support systems for LGBTQ youth. Through the educational opportunities opened to him, Lane was able to find his passion.

In addition to the financial support that Pride Foundation scholarships provide, the program also provides encouragement and fosters a sense of community. Many Pride Foundation scholars have been bullied or isolated - in some cases forced out of their homes - because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Receiving a Pride Foundation scholarship connects students to a wider LGBTQ and ally community of supporters, providing important affirmation and support.

Seven new scholarship funds were established this year to meet the growing and diverse needs of LGBTQ and ally students. The foundation's scholarship program also passed a significant milestone this year, exceeding $3.5 million awarded since 1993. With a total of nearly 1,400 scholarships awarded to LGBTQ and ally students since the program's inception, it is one of the largest LGBTQ and allied-focused scholarship programs in the world.

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