ST. LOUIS - Continuing its longstanding support of scholarship within the St. Louis lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and ally (LGBTQA) community, Pride St. Louis, Inc. announced, Feb. 28 the opening of the application period for the 2011 John Van Voris Scholarship.
The Scholarship is awarded annually to St. Louis area LGBTQA student(s), student children of an LGBTQA parent or student allies of the LGBTQA community to provide financial assistance to attend a post-secondary undergraduate institution.
"We are delighted to offer this scholarship in the remembrance of John Van Voris to those qualified LGBTQA community members who have demonstrated beyond a doubt their volunteerism and courage," says Tyler Hill, President of Pride St. Louis, Inc. "Taking the initiative to support our own community is essential; it is that foundation which enables us to better educate, empower, and push towards the future of equality."
John Van Voris was a long time member of Pride St. Louis, Inc. whose volunteerism and courage inspired all those who worked with him. He died unexpectedly after our 1997 festival. In memory of John, Pride St. Louis, Inc. created this scholarship to honor his dedication. Our goal is to support a student who supports his/her community with an annual scholarship award with a minimum grant of $1000.
Additional information and scholarship application form are available online at the Pride St. Louis website. Applications for the John Van Voris LGBTQA Scholarship must be mailed in hard copy and postmarked by Wednesday, April 20th, 2011.
Pride St. Louis, Inc.
For over thirty years, Pride St. Louis, Inc. has been working to raise understanding and acceptance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender individuals in our community.
We are not a political group, but rather a community-based organization that envisions a world where diversity can be celebrated and prejudice has been eliminated.
To foster an understanding and tolerance of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in the general population by raising awareness through educational programs and events including an annual Pride Festival to ultimately achieve unity and harmony.
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