Pool Family LGBT+ Scholarship

Funded by
Pool Family
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$2,500
1 winner$2,500
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalist
0
Application Deadline
May 15, 2022
Winners Announced
Jun 15, 2022
Education Level
Undergraduate
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
Undergraduate
Identity:
LGBTQ+
Education Level:
Identity:
Undergraduate
LGBTQ+

Despite recent legal and social progress, many LGBTQ+ individuals are still discriminated against in academia, the workforce, and society in general. 

In the last year alone, one-third of LGBTQ+ individuals in the US faced discrimination, with transgender Americans facing even higher rates of discrimination, affecting 3 in 5. This discrimination can reduce one’s opportunities, can contribute to mental health crises, and can discourage people from seeking necessary medical care. 

The Pool family is a family with LGBTQ+ kids and a proud mom who has been involved with their local PFLAG organization for many years. They are looking to make a difference for an LGBTQ+ student who is looking to further their education at college or trade school.

Any LGBTQ+ undergraduate student may apply for this exclusive scholarship opportunity. 

To apply, submit an essay OR video telling us about your experiences as an LGBTQ+ student as well as your goals.

Published March 18, 2022
$2,500
1 winner$2,500
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalist
0
Application Deadline
May 15, 2022
Winners Announced
Jun 15, 2022
Education Level
Undergraduate
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

Please write about your experiences being part of the LGBTQ+ community OR submit a video. Also, what are some of your career goals and aspirations?

0–600 words

Winning Application

Noah Glynn
Community College of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia, PA
I spent the majority of my life posing as a heterosexual, cisgender woman out of fear. When I could no longer take the pain of living a life that did not fit me, I came out as a transgender man in the summer of 2016. I had made a life for myself in small town Pennsylvania, which promptly fell apart once I revealed my authentic self. I experienced transphobia in the workplace, in my friendships, and the 12 step fellowship that helped me get sober in 2011. I ultimately moved back home to Philadelphia after only a few months of living as male and on hormone replacement therapy. When I arrived home, I was embraced by an LGBTQ community that I didn't know existed and that I had never allowed myself to be immersed in. I continued to stay sober, and put my life back together again. I got into therapy where I set goals and reached them. I experienced my first ever Pride parade, and was able to undergo top surgery. Going back to school was the next goal on my list. I enrolled in the Community College of Philadelphia in the fall of 2021, and have been able to maintain a 4.0 GPA. My journey back to higher education has been a long one and not without obstacles and I still experience transphobia at times, but here I am. Had it not been for a queer community who believed in me and stepped up to love and support me, I might not have made it. Because of this, I feel compelled to give back to my community in any way that I can. As a future registered nurse, I'll have the opportunity to raise awareness of LGBTQ issues, dismantle stigma, and provide compassionate, trauma-informed care to a vulnerable community that lifted me up when I needed help. I am most interested in working with communities who are frequently underserved and overlooked in the healthcare system. These individuals consequently do not get the quality of care that they deserve. I look forward to working with LGBTQ at risk youth and emerging adults, those who struggle with mental health issues, people who are or have been incarcerated, low-income and underinsured individuals, and individuals experiencing homelessness. The LGBTQ community gave me the courage to be myself. I currently work in a hospital in the Philadelphia area where I am very open about my identity as a transgender man. I am the first transgender person that most of my coworkers have ever met. I believe that my experience as a member of the LGBTQ community gives me a unique perspective and makes me an asset to the healthcare profession. I am immensely proud of how far I have come in life, and I believe that I already bring a lot to the table. However, with higher education, I could contribute even more. There are simply not enough transgender healthcare providers, and the ones who do exist are so few and far between that they are often overbooked and understaffed. We need more of us to be able to better meet the needs of our community, and I am hoping to be able to be part of that.

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is May 15, 2022. Winners will be announced on Jun 15, 2022.

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