GSAFE’s 2017 Youth Scholarship Application Now Available

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The GSAFE Youth Scholarship awards up to four high school seniors $1000 each. The recipients of these awards will have demonstrated a commitment to promoting just and respectful schools for all, with an emphasis on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning students and issues (LGBTQ+). This scholarship is open to all Wisconsin high school seniors, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.  We especially encourage youth of color and trans youth to apply.

Examples of student activities that might bring an applicant to the attention of GSAFE include, but are not limited to, an LGBTQ+ student or ally who has:

  • Demonstrated leadership in the school community.
  • Worked to improve their community.
  • Promoted racial, trans, gender, and/or educational justice.
  • Faced and sought to overcome obstacles related to LGBTQ+ issues.
  • Helped form, continue, or build a GSA or an educational justice or similar club.
  • Consistently included LGBTQ+ materials in their coursework.
  • Actively participated in community efforts involving LGBTQ+ issues.

Requirements for the Youth Scholarship

  • Graduating High School Senior
  • Resident of Wisconsin
  • Completion of enclosed application
  • Two letters of recommendation. One recommendation must be written by a member of your school staff.
  • If awarded scholarship: Attendance at GSAFE’s Celebration of Leadership Awards Ceremony in Madison on May 13, 2017.  Please keep this date and requirement in mind when applying for our scholarship as we take it seriously.  Complementary tickets for you and two guests will be provided.

Application Deadline: All applications must be received or postmarked by February 20, 2017 and will be kept confidential.  Announcement will be made March 2017.

Applications may be submitted in the following ways:

  1. Download the application in Microsoft Word here and submit via mail or email.
  2. Fill out the application online here through Google forms.  We recommend downloading the full scholarship application first so you can view the questions and prepare your responses before submitting online.

Scholarship applications will not be considered complete until recommendation letters have been received.  Two recommendation letters are required, at least one written by a member of your school staff.

Download the full application packet here as a PDF or Word doc.

Download the recommendation letter forms here as a PDF or Word doc.

For further information call (608) 661-4141 or email brianj@gsafewi.org.

 

 

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