2011 PFLAG-Gays, Lesbians, and Allies at Dow (GLAD) Scholarships Winners

     

Allison Marcotte
PFLAG-Gays, Lesbians, and Allies at Dow (GLAD) Scholarship
Hometown: Wyoming, Ohio

College: Ohio State University

Allison, a straight ally, joined her school’s GSA as a way to support those students who were targeted for their differences and to help create safer spaces on campus for all students. With her leadership skills and her passion for equality, she eventually served as her GSA’s president. Under her direction, the GSA increased the number of participants and effectively raised awareness about anti-LGBT language in school, and also successfully organized an Ally Week and a Day of Silenceto further educate her school community. Allison’s advocacy work led her to the Greater Cincinnati Youth Summit where she presented a workshop aimed at educating other students on how to start a GSA, talking to administrators and teachers about LGBT issues, and sharing best practices on how to create welcoming spaces for all students. In the fall, Allison plans to continue her advocacy work while studying chemical engineering at the Ohio State University.

Deziree Brown

PFLAG-Gays, Lesbians, and Allies at Dow (GLAD) Scholarship Award
Hometown: Flint, MI

School: Hameline University

Deziree’s strong ties to her faith community gave her the courage to be herself and come out to her family. Deziree’s grandmother played an instrumental role in helping her realize that being committed to change meant being true to herself. Deziree’s community outreach and leadership allowed her to mentor other LGBT students, and she encouraged these young people to stay focused on their goals and to persevere even in times of adversity.  By supporting and mentoring other LGBT students, she inspired change and fostered acceptance in her community. Deziree also found time to maintain her place in the National Honor Society, and participated on the varsity basketball team. In the fall, Deziree plans to study mathematics or pre-med at Hamelin University.

Anthony Zambella
PFLAG-Gays, Lesbians, and Allies at Dow (GLAD) Scholarship Award
Hometown: Georgetown, MA

School: University of Massachusetts Amherst

Anthony transferred to an all-boys Catholic secondary school, and worried about being accepted as a gay and proud high school student. When he joined his school’s GSA he found peers who dismantled those concerns by offering a safe and inclusive space. Anthony eventually became the president of his school’s GSA, demonstrating his leadership by creating and organizing many school-wide events. As a member of the National Honors Society and the Spanish National Honor Society, Anthony remained heavily committed to community service. His participation in the GSA helped raise thousands of dollars to help support soup kitchens and local homeless shelters. He also worked tirelessly on efforts aimed at conducting community outreach about injustices occurring in Darfur. In the fall, Anthony plans to study biological sciences at the University of Massachusetts.

Becca Eshleman

PFLAG-Gays, Lesbians, and Allies at Dow (GLAD) Scholarship
Hometown: Manheim, PA
College: University of Rochester

Despite her struggles growing up in a small town where differences were not celebrated, Becca’s commitment and passion for equality grew throughout her high school career. Thanks to the values of diversity and difference her family taught her to celebrate, Becca found the courage to be herself and come out as transgender to her family. Becca met with her school’s administration to set up a student-facilitated organization designed to address the issues of bullying and harassment that far too many LGBT student experience. Becca’s extraordinary efforts for acceptance earned her recognition from the school board and she was able to speak directly to her school’s superintendent about bullying, harassment and discrimination issues LGBT students experience on a daily basis. In the fall, Becca plans to study music and biology at the University of Rochester.


Rosalia Leon

PFLAG-Gays, Lesbians, and Allies at Dow (GLAD) Scholarship
Hometown: Fort Worth, TX
School: Tarleton State University

Rosalia struggled to get her family’s acceptance when she came out during her time in high school.  Her school’s GSA helped her explore ways to help her family accept her and more fully understand LGBT people and their families.  While regularly participating in her GSA and maintaining a 4.2 GPA, Rosalia also served as vice-president of her school’s Hispanic Society, and helped organize Hispanic Heritage month . She also participated in her high school’s basketball, track and field and wrestling teams.  In the fall, Rosalia plans to pursue biochemistry, biology or pre-dentistry studies at Tarleton State University.

 

 

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