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2020 OK2BME Scholarships, By Washington Silk

In partnership with Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Stantec, and Libro Credit Union we are excited to announce we have over $4000 in scholarships to award to Waterloo Region Grade 7 to 12 students!

These scholarships are usually handed out at our annual GSA Conference but this year we be handing them out at our annual Kitchener Pride Prom May 28th at the Victoria Park Pavilion.

Students can either be nominated for the award by a teacher, GSA leader, parent or fellow student, or students can nominate themselves.

There are four categories available for nomination, and you can nominate one student in each of the categories if you choose.

The GSA Youth Leadership Squad will review all nominations and choose the winners. Winners will be presented with an award at Pride Prom and receive a scholarship from our sponsors in recognition of their dedication and hard work.

 

The descriptions for each of the awards are as follows:

The Leadership Award ($500)
A student from any grade who strives for courage, boldness and acknowledges and learns from their mistakes. They are responsible and committed to the GSA. They have taken on a leadership role with one or more initiatives in their GSA.This award is sponsored by Toyota Motor Manufacturing.

 

The Junior Leadership Award ($500)
A grade 7 or 8 student who has shown that they are a strong member in their GSA and that they are invested in LGBTQ2+ equality. They have helped with one or more initiatives in their GSA. This award is sponsored by Toyota Motor Manufacturing.

 

The Diversity Champion Award ($500)
A student from any grade who actively works to make their GSA inclusive to all sexual, gender, racial and religious identities. This award is sponsored by Toyota Motor Manufacturing.

 

Stantec STEM Award ($1250 – 2 Awards Available)

An LGBTQ2+ identified student or ally who is planning on pursuing STEM in post secondary education. This award is proudly sponsored by Stantec.

The stipulations for the recipient(s) are:

· They must be finishing grade 12 this June
· They must be attending college/university in 2021
· They must be registered in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) program
·  Ideally they are a leader in their community
·  Applicants must submit a short 200 to 500 word essay telling us about the nominee, how they support the Pride community, what their future plans are, etc.

 

GSA Club Awards Grade 7 and 8 ($250)

This award is sponsored by Libro Credit Union and is open to any GSAs that support Grade 7 and 8 students. This award will recognize a GSA Club that has worked to create an inclusive and safe place for their students and have completed at least one activity to make their school a more inclusive space. The GSA can use the funds to support their club’s success. This can include pizza parties, purchasing materials for the school library, bringing in guest speakers, purchasing pride materials, organizing a dance/special event, etc.

Please write a short essay (300-500 words) describing your school’s GSA, and its initiatives/achievements.

 

GSA Club Award for Grade 9-12 ($250)

This award is sponsored by Libro Credit Union and is available to any high school GSA. This award will recognize a GSA Club that has worked to create an inclusive and safe place for their students and have completed at least one activity to make their school a more inclusive space. The GSA can use the funds to support their club’s success. This can include pizza parties, purchasing materials for the school library, bringing in guest speakers, purchasing pride materials, organizing a dance/special event, etc.

Please write a short essay (300-500 words) describing your school’s GSA, and its initiatives/achievements.

 

Click here for more information and to apply!

Nominations will be open until 5:00 pm April 30th.