Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) announced this week that it has awarded 16 scholarships. More than $30,000 will go to students across the U.S. who have made significant contributions to equality in their schools and communities.
This marks the sixth year that PFLAG has awarded the scholarships, which are funded by the Palmer B. Carson Trust and other private donors, including the Gay, Lesbian and Allies at Dow (GLAD) Employee Network, the Esera Tuaolo Scholarship fund, and the New York Gay Football League.
“Now, more than ever, PFLAG is extremely proud to honor these future community leaders and to honor their academic achievement, commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) progress, and community service,” said Jody M. Huckaby, Executive Director of PFLAG. “LGBT students, and their allies, are overcoming unimaginable obstacles to succeed and prosper in their education. This year’s awardees have not only fought those obstacles, but have become role models for their communities and fellow students.”
Among the recipients of PFLAG’s National Scholarship Program awards are:
Thomas Gray , Sean Hudson, Kelsey DeForest, Shelagh Hardrich, Simone Getty, Jacob DeVine,Dena Wessel, Jesse Quinn, Jennifer Rokakis, Ryan Dykes, Francis Jordan.