2000 GSBA and Richard Rolfs Scholars
GSBA SCHOLARS Founded in 1991 to promote leadership and diversity in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, the GSBA Scholarship Fund includes gifts from hundreds of donors and has granted scholarships to 69 outstanding students, including this year's recipients:
Carri Anderson is majoring in Women's Studies at the University of Washington. She plans to work with survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse, especially in the LGBT community. Carrie has been active in the LGBT community as a volunteer for the Committee Organizing Rape Education (CORE) at UW.
Brad Benner was Honor Society president and most outstanding male senior of his high school in Aliso Viejo, California. He is studying Spanish Language and Literature at the University of Washington, where he has been the Director of the Gay Bisexual Lesbian Transgender Commission. Brad's dreams and goals incorporate his interests in education, language, travel and social issues.
Brent Burriola plans to study law at the University Of British Columbia or the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He wants to work in immigration law and help citizens bring their partners to the US. Brent was discharged from the Army for being gay, which he has handled with courage and pride. He demonstrates a clear sense of his goals and passions, and is an inspiration to others.
Kelly Compton plans to study information technology at the University of Washington to advance her career in the computer industry, where she has worked for the last seven years. She has used her computer skills to help PFLAG Tacoma with their website. Kelly has overcome serious obstacles to pursue her dreams with ambition and zeal.
Travis Brandon Crenshaw from Lakewood, Washington, is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He is studying Business Information Technology at Seattle Central Community College, and plans to go on to a four-year college to pursue his interest in the high tech industry. Travis was awarded the Army Achievement Medal, and is a positive role model for his community.
Christopher Flath, an outstanding honor student, will graduate from both Shelton High School and South Puget Sound Community College, where he has been a running start student. Christopher plans to obtain an advanced degree in genetics from the UW. He was the co-founder of an anti-discrimination group at his school and has been active in HIV/AIDS organizations in Mason County.
Sherrie Hildreth, a second year GSBA scholar, is studying music at New Mexico State University, where she has been named a Distinguished Black Scholar. She is a diversity presenter and volunteer sign language interpreter. A graduate of Roosevelt High School and Seattle Central Community College, Sherrie plans to return to Seattle as a music teacher and community activist.
Jennifer Hoot graduated in the top 5% of her Everett High School class and was a founding member of EHS's Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Alliance. She is a sophomore at Smith College in Massachusetts, majoring in Biological Sciences with a particular interest in immunology and bacteriology virology. Jennifer wants to complete a PhD and work in biomedical research.
Michael A. Jeffrey, a Garfield High graduate, will graduate from Seattle Central Community College this year. He plans to study journalism and music at Clark-Atlanta University or Howard University. Michael works for the Northwest AIDS Foundation, writes for an Internet newsletter targeting the African-American gay community, and is active in People of Color Against AIDS and Brother to Brother.
Mitchel Johnson is graduating from Shelton High School and is a Running Start student at South Puget Sound Community College. He will attend Seattle University to prepare for a career in public health education. Mitchel has served on the Mason County HIV/AIDs Advisory Council and worked with the ACLU to successfully defend the Gay Student Alliance against the school administration.
Kendra Koeplin, a graduate of Seattle's Roosevelt High School, will graduate from Shoreline Community College in June. She will attend Western Washington University to major in East Asian Studies, which will include a stay in Japan. She wants to teach English as a second language. Kendra is an accomplished athlete and an active member of various GLBA organizations.
Alex Silver was born in El Salvador, where he faced very difficult times with the supportive love of his mother and grandmother. He moved to Seattle in 1997 and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1999. He is studying at Seattle Central Community College, pursuing his goal of working in television and film in order to positively influence the tremendous impact of media on our culture and world.
Laramie Smith, a second year GSBA scholar from Olympia, is studying psychology and GLBT studies at Western Washington University. She excels academically and demonstrates outstanding commitment to community activism. Laramie helped found a Dyke Action group, which held rallies to raise community awareness of incidents of harassment against several minority groups.
Erik Raymond Stegman is graduating from Seattle's Northwest School. He will attend Whittier College in Los Angeles to study political science. His goal is to become a civil rights attorney and possibly seek public office. Erik participates in many GLBT community groups, including GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network), the American Civil Liberties Union, and PFLAG.
RICHARD ROLFS SCHOLARS A $200,000 bequest from Richard Rolfs created an endowment in his memory. Rolfs, a native of Wenatchee and graduate of Washington State University, was a community activist for over twenty years. Grants target students from Eastern Washington and outstanding community activists:
Megan Darwood grew up on a ranch in Carlton, a small community in North Central Washington, where she graduated from the Methow Valley Independent Learning Center. Megan plans to study fashion design at Seattle Central Community College, working toward her goal of designing formal attire and costumes for theater and commerce.
Lorenzo Herman is a pre-law student at Gonzaga University in Spokane. He has been very active in organizations fighting AIDS, and he works for human rights by educating the non-gay community and speaking out against homophobia. An avid fan of theater and an actor, Lorenzo believes that theater is one of the most effective ways to combat homophobia.
Lynett Robertson grew up in Leavenworth, Washington, and graduated from Cashmere High School. She has worked as an assistant in a veterinary clinic and as a wrangler. After seeing her horse freed from pain by an animal chiropractor, Lynett decided to major in Animal Science at Washington State University. She is an active member of the GLBA community at WSU.
Teriann Vaughan is studying art and graphic design at Whatcom Community College with a goal of becoming an exhibit designer. She plans to enter the University of Washington Visual Communications Design Program and earn a Bachelor's Degree of Fine Arts. Teriann has been very active in the Western Washington University's Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Alliance.
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