GSAFE’s 2018 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, and queer students and topics (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+ topics.
  • 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+ topics.

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.  Letters of recommendation may be submitted by mail, email, fax, or online. Letters do not need to be submitted at the same time as the student portion of the application.
  • If awarded scholarship: Attendance at GSAFE’s Celebration of Leadership Awards Ceremony in Madison on May 12, 2018.  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 19, 2018 and will be kept confidential.  Announcement will be made March 2018.

Applications may be submitted in the following ways:

  1. Download the application in Word or PDF and submit via mail, email, or fax (608) 661-1360.
  2. Fill out the application online.  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 two recommendation letters have been received.  

For further information call (608) 661-4141 or email



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“Words Hurt Week helped me discover the importance of intersectionality within all social movements – recognizing that we cannot make progress within the queer community without also examining the systems that impact other oppressions.”  Maria, Former GSAFE Youth Activist