GSBA Scholarship Fund Programs
Today we have scholars all over the world working in science, technology, and education. Our scholars have served as congressional aids in Washington and Olympia, lobbied for health care and immigration reform, and graduated from top-tiered universities. Our scholars are truly making differences in our communities.
GSBA realizes that today's students are tomorrow's leaders and is committed to supporting our community's future leaders by providing financial resources, role-modeling and hope to outstanding LGBTQA students.
In the 24 years of the GSBA Scholarship Fund, we have awarded over $1.8 million dollars to over 300 students. This year, we are supporting 42 scholars with $330,000 worth of educational scholarships.
We recruit over 100 volunteers to screen, interview and select our scholarship recipients. Our scholarships are presented to our scholars at the annual Scholarship Awards Dinner held in May. Students will be recognized in front of an audience of 400 community and business leaders.
Our annual TASTE of GSBA Benefit and Auction is our major fundraiser for the Scholarship Fund. Last year we raised nearly $500,000 in support of our future leaders. This year, we aim to raise even more for our students on November 23, 2013 at the Westin Hotel in Downtown Seattle.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
During the 2014-2015 scholarship cycle, we received over 300 applications. A team of 90 read, reviewed, and interviewed candidates and awarded scholarships to 42 students. We had to turn away so many students, as the need far outweighed the money we had available. We award scholarship ranging from $3,000-$13,000. However, these generous scholarships did not meet the financial need of our students. With increased funds, we can not only help more students, but also make a larger impact on those students we do support.