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.
2015 marks the 25th Anniversary of the GSBA Scholarship Fund and we will surpass $2 million dollars given out when we award $350,000 to 48 LGBTQA future leaders at our Annual Scholarship Dinner, on May 15 at the Seattle Waterfront Marriot, where students will be recognized in front of an audience of 400 community and business leaders.
Vital to our success is our pool of volunteers who screen, interview and select our scholarship recipients.
Our annual TASTE of GSBA Benefit and Auction is the major fundraiser for the Scholarship Fund. Last year we raised over $650,000 in support of our future leaders. This year, we aim to raise even more for our students on November 21, 2015 at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel with over 800 supporters in attendance.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
During the 2015-2016 scholarship cycle, we received over 300 applications. A team of 90 read, reviewed, and interviewed candidates and awarded scholarships to 48 students. We had to turn away so many students, as the need far outweighed the money we had available. We award scholarship ranging from $5,000-$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.