annual scholarship program. This initiative isn't just about financial aid—it's a beacon of recognition, support, and encouragement for these remarkable individuals.
The purpose of this scholarship is threefold: to acknowledge exceptional lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer youth; to inspire them to pursue higher education; and to contribute to a more positive societal perception of the LGBTQ community.
Eligibility for this scholarship is open to graduating LGBTQ high school students residing in Greeley, Evans, Windsor, or Eaton, Colorado. Applicants must plan to attend a post-secondary institution within a year of receiving the award and must meticulously follow the application guidelines by the specified deadline.
Awardees receive the scholarship funds directly to cover education-related expenses, ensuring the money goes toward tuition, registration fees, housing, and other essential educational costs.
It's worth noting that PFLAG is an independent non-profit organization, unaffiliated with any other group or religious entity. Their impactful work is made possible, in part, thanks to the generous support of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, which provides space for PFLAG Greeley Meetings free of charge.
The 2023 scholarship winners—Aakyriah Williams from Early College Academy, Ariel Moroka-Fisk from Greeley Central High School, and Chloe Shultz from Eaton High School—each received a $1000 scholarship, honoring their achievements and potential.
Selection for this scholarship is based on specific criteria, including self-identification within the LGBTQ spectrum, integrity, determination, community involvement, and a strong potential to achieve personal and educational goals.