May 31 is Deadline for Queer Asian and Pacific Islander Youth
to Apply for Educational Scholarships
(San Francisco, March 30 2004)
May 31 is the deadline for Asian and Pacific Islander (A&PI)
queer youth to apply for the Pride Scholarship. Any A&PI
Bay Area resident 22 years of age or younger who identifies
as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning
and needs money to pay for education is eligible. Awards range
from $100 to $5,000.
The Queer Asian & Pacific Islander Pride Scholarship
was launched in 2000 by Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness
Center, in partnership with the Scholarship’s founder,
Edward Cheng Ming Tang, Peninsula Community Foundation, community
activists, and queer A&PI youth. The fund awards scholarships
totaling $16,000 to deserving applicants, with the goal of
eradicating the isolation, invisibility, homophobia and heterosexism
faced by thousands of A&PI queer and questioning youth
in the Bay Area and beyond.
A selection committee including A&PI lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender, queer, or questioning youth and adults reviews
applications and selects scholarship recipients. Committee
members are chosen for their diversity in backgrounds and
life experiences. Factors considered in scholarship awards
include financial need, personal and societal challenges,
creativity and originality, community involvement.
Scholarship recipients will be honored at a community-wide
event to be held this summer.
A&PI Wellness Center’s mission is to educate, support,
empower, and advocate for A&PI communities – particularly
A&PIs living with or at-risk for HIV/AIDS. A&PI Wellness
Center is the oldest non-profit HIV/AIDS services organization
in North America targeting A&PI communities around sexual
health and HIV/AIDS services.
For more information contact:
A&PI Wellness Center
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