1998 GSBA, PRIDE & INBA Scholarship Programs
RICHARD ROLFS SCHOLARS A $200,000 bequest from Richard Rolfs created a permanent endowment in his memory. Rolfs, a native of Wenatchee and graduate of Washington State University, as a community activist for over twenty years before his death in 1994. Grants from this fund target students from Eastern Washington and WSU:
Jannette Manuel came to the U.S. from the Philippines as a teenager. A graduate of Ballard and N. Seattle Community College, she is studying at WSU. After facing cultural and religious challenges in accepting her sexual identity, she plans to become a teacher and role model for sexual minority students. While working her way through school, Jannette has participated in numerous community activities, including co-chairing the WSU Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies Committee.
Jay Castro has overcome lack of family and financial support to become an outstanding student and activist in the Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council's Prevention Center, the Odyssey Youth Group, and student government. He is graduating from Spokane's West Valley High gifted program and plans to study at Spokane Falls Community College. Jay wants to become a teacher and eventually a politician or lobbyist for civil rights.
Leanne Norton, a second year scholarship recipient, has an amazing capacity to bridge communities. As a nurse she has been an outspoken advocate for sexual minorities, helping lesbian couples with insemination and providing energetic, compassionate support for people living with AIDS through the Inland NW AIDS Coalition. After her senior year at the WSU Intercollegiate Center for Nursing Education, she plans to enter the master's program for family nurse practitioners.
GSBA SCHOLARS Founded in 1990 to strengthen and diversify leadership in the sexual minority community, the GSBA Scholarship Program has awarded a total of $85,000 to 45 recipients, including these fifteen outstanding students:
Jaime Barber has lived on her own since she was thirteen. Active in the AFSC Gay and Lesbian Youth Program, she has overcome extreme hardships to become a spokesperson for sexual minority youth. She plans to develop her music career at SCCC. Jaime says, "A community is lost without musical expression, and a community will destroy itself if it remains separated and segregated. I want to be pivotal in uniting my queer community and the world community, and I will."
Linda Bautista, a Mexican American lesbian, has returned to her Yakima roots to work with high risk youth. She is studying at Central Washington State University to bolster her already impressive community work, including the Yakima Substance Abuse Coalition, Camp Fire, and GALA (CWU Queer Organization). She organized the first Yakima Gay Pride March. Linda says, "What I am all about is activism against discrimination, ignorance and violence for ALL oppressed individuals."
Judith Bodner, a lesbian massage therapist with a severe progressive hearing loss, is majoring in cross cultural studies and the healing arts at Fairhaven College. She is academically exceptional, artistically talented, an outstanding athlete and deeply committed to community diversity. She has been active in Seattle's Deaf/Blind Community and won a design contest for Fairhaven's college logo. Judith demonstrates impressive inner strength blended with sensitivity and compassion.
Isaiah Brokenleg, a Winkte (gay Lakota male), was raised in traditional Lakota culture, where he learned that queer people should be honored. However, when he moved to Seattle at age 14, he was abused and rejected. He entered the La-Ba-Te-Yah Youth Home and graduated from American Indian Heritage High School as valedictorian. Isaiah plans to study human services at Seattle Central Community College to pursue emotional healing in social work or physical healing in medicine.
Tish Garver, an outstanding student and athlete at Everett High School, faced severe abuse as a lesbian. Frightened but determined, she became a confident and articulate spokesperson for gay and lesbian teenagers in Snohomish County. She plans to study at Seattle University to become a teacher. She writes, "My life long mission is to stop discrimination of any kind through education and role modeling to help create safe and culturally healthy schools for all children."
Andrew Dawe has done outstanding work in theater at Woodinville High School and was a founding member of FADE (Falcons Against Discrimination Everywhere). Strongly supported by his single mother, Andrew has been outspoken throughout the Northshore School District and Western Washington to address problems of discrimination and harassment. He plans to continue his education at Fairhaven College to develop his skills as a public speaker and activist.
Adam Haws, a graduate of Redmond's Eastlake High, plans to develop his musical talent at Western Washington University or the University of Washington. The only openly gay student in his school, he addressed gay rights through classroom projects in the face of severe social and religious pressures. He has volunteered for the Seattle Opera for several years, performed as guest conductor for the Youth Philharmonic and composed a Choral Mass.
Scott Holleman grew up in Ephrata in Central Washington, an exceptional student and openly gay. At the University of Washington he has been granted early admittance to the Microbiology Department, where he is studying to become a research scientist. Scott has been a tireless worker for the Gay Bisexual Lesbian Transgender Commission, the UW Young Democrats and Initiative 677, and was one of the founders of the UW Coalition for Domestic Partnership.
Mark Iversen endured years of harassment in the Kent School District and is bringing a lawsuit against the homophobic mistreatment he endured there. An outstanding leader in Distributive Education Programs, he is studying at South Seattle Community College to become a high school marketing teacher. He is determined to change school treatment of sexual minority students and hopes to be a role model for other students who are facing discrimination and harassment.
Teresa Myers combines high academics, outstanding athletic abilities, and dedicated community activism. A resident of Albion, WA, she is a senior at the University of Idaho, where she is studying to become a teacher and advocate for queer youth. As co-chair of the Queer Student Association, she is described as a "trail blazer on a decidedly unfriendly campus." Teresa campaigned for Initiative 677 and maintains the U of I Women's Center web page.
Justin Pava plans to study science at Harvey Mudd College. He has done outstanding work in Advanced Placement and Honors classes at Bellevue's Sammamish High. Justin is actively involved in the chess team, debate team, drama and band, as well as many community organizations, including Temple B'nai Torah and Chicken Soup Brigade. He received the State of Washington Governor's Youth Award. His father is Alex Pava, the first openly gay Bellevue School Board candidate.
Sylvia Potts, a single black lesbian mother, is studying social and human services at Seattle Central Community College. Having faced many challenges in her life, she wants to work in the gay/lesbian community, focusing on sexuality and self empowerment. Sylvia is involved in Solo Parenting Alliance's support group for lesbian mothers and is participating in the Americorps/Sound Youth Program. She is active in Sistah-2-Sistah and Sojourner Truth Unity Church.
Chris Smith has overcome lack of family and community support to become a successful student and musician. He faced severe harassment and changed schools many times before finding a positive school environment at Summit K-12 School and a supportive home with Lesbian foster parents. A valued member of the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Chorus, he plans to study music education at SCCC and Pacific Lutheran University to foster musical creativity in children.
Kate Sullivan is a dynamic, talented young dyke who is pursuing a career in stage management at New York University. She graduated with highest honors from North Thurston High in Lacey and has done outstanding work in drama at the University of Washington. Kate has been active in Olympia's Stonewall Youth and the UW Gay, Bisexual, Lesbian, Transgender Commission.
Karen Zimmerman lost her family's support when she came out at age 15. Since then she has lived on her own and overcome severe difficulties to continue her education and maintain her sense of worth. She demonstrates sensitivity and dedication in her work at a drop-in center for homeless youth and as a volunteer for Q-Patrol. Karen plans to study psychology and art at Evergreen State College, combining those areas in a career that will free herself and others.
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