In conjunction with the Gender Alliance of the South Sound's goals of support and education, a Scholarship Fund designed to recognize outstanding transgender students and promote their educational goals has been created. Opportunities for gender identity minorities are in short supply, and the need for positive role models acute. This fund is intended to celebrate the achievements of individuals with "gender identity" minority status. The amount of the award(s) will be determined by funds available at the time they are granted and shall be at least $500.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR SCHOLARSHIP GRANT:
This scholarship is awarded to out transgender individuals and is be based on a combination
of achievements in the areas of academic excellence, leadership, extra-curricular activities,
and on financial need. Applicants will be required to complete the attached forms and
questions which will describe goals that the individual hopes to meet in completing their post
secondary school education and in preparing for a productive career beyond formal
Although not required to be out as transgender within the community, preference will be given to
those trans-individuals that wish to serve as "out and proud" role models for other
transgender identified people. As visibly out trans-people these special individuals will be
perceptibly challenging many of the societal prejudices that trans-folk encounter within
educational and professional institutions.
GASS understands that some students would have reasonable and justifiable concerns about
being out at school and/or work. As such, GASS could never expect all trans-students to feel
safe enough to come out. It is for precisely this reason that this scholarship was conceived --
to offer assistance and to increase the number of out and proud trans-people. By doing so we
create networks between professionals and emerging leaders and strive to help make it safer
for more trans-people to just be themselves. GASS hopes this process will help to facilitate
the growth and advancement of not only these individuals, but of our communities as well.
And finally, GASS is committed to the concept that trans-people should be encouraged to
help other trans-people. If trans service providers and professionals are not out, we may not
be really able to affect this sort of change.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Transgender identified students attending a post-secondary educational program during the next academic year.
Not a prior GASS Scholarship award recipient.
Application is limited to trans-individuals who are living full-time in a gender role that differs from the one assigned to them at birth.
Applicants must reside within the South Sound region of Washington State which
includes the following counties; Lewis, Mason, Thurston, Kitsap, Pierce and south King.... OR, if not from one of these areas, have personally participated in GASS programs (i.e. attended meetings, events, etc.)
A panel of community members will review the applications and make preliminary selections
for finalists based on their collective judgment of each applicant's overall achievement and
skill in presenting goals in essay form, as well as financial need. The selection panel may
request interviews of the finalists to determine the awardee. The scholarships will be
awarded regardless of age, race, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, or other groups
protected by non-discrimination laws.
SCHEDULE FOR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION:
Applications must be submitted and post marked no later than May 31, and must
include the most recent high school, college, or vocational school equivalent transcripts.
Students applying should be sure that all completed forms, including references, are sent to
GASS by that date. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
TERMS OF THE AWARDS: Grants are educational in nature and can be applied to tuition, books, fees,
dissertation, or personal expenses.
Grants will be paid directly to the awardees, not to the educational institutions they
Valid only for the next academic year.
CRITERIA FOR JUDGING APPLICATIONS: Applicant's affirmation of their transgender identity.
Applicant's demonstration of integrity and honesty.
Applicant's participation and leadership in community activities.
Applicant's service as role model, mentor, colleague or adviser for the transgender
communities as well as to non-trans people.
MAIL APPLICATIONS TO:
Gender Alliance of the South Sound Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 496
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Winners will be notified in June, and will be invited to attend the Out in the Park Pride
Celebration in Tacoma held in July. The scholarship(s) will be presented
GASS SCHOLARSHIP FUND: Click on the button below to help build the GASS scholarship fund. GASS is one of the very few trans organizations in the United States that provides educational grants to deserving trans students. Your donation here is directed specfically to the scholarship fund. Won't you help this great cause?