GREATER BOSTON PFLAG SCHOLARSHIP

Applications for the Greater Boston PFLAG 2022 Scholarship Are Now Open!

Complete applications are due by January 31st, 2022

 

For many years, Greater Boston PFLAG has continued its mission through its scholarship program, ​making higher education more accessible and better enabling those who have committed their time and energy to making a difference in their local community to succeed in their goals.

Since 2021, in partnership with the parents of Thomas V. Earle in honor of their son’s courage and leadership in promoting LGBTQ+ inclusion, Greater Boston PFLAG has expanded its scholarship program to award a second scholarship. We are excited to partner with them to extend this opportunity to help another deserving high school student realize their dreams and achieve their potential by pursuing challenging and fulfilling higher education.

Applicants must be planning to enroll in a 2 or 4 year college or technical/vocational school in the next academic year, and are awarded for years of consecutive enrollment. All students are welcome and encouraged to apply, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. 

Please email us with any questions at info@gbpflag.org or call the office at 781.891.5966.

Congratulations to our 2021 Scholarship winners,
Nicole Jo and Sawyer Keegan!

Each year, Greater Boston PFLAG awards one scholarship to a high school senior who has demonstrated leadership in improving their community’s climate for LGBTQ+ youth. 

Thanks to the parents of Thomas V. Earle in honor of their son’s courage and leadership in promoting LGBTQ+ inclusion, we were excited to award a second scholarship in 2021 to a deserving LBGTQ+ graduating high school student to help them realize their dreams and achieve their potential by pursuing challenging and fulfilling higher education. 

We’re thrilled to introduce Nicole Jo (she/her) and Sawyer Keegan (they/them) as our 2021 scholarship winners!  Learn more about the amazing work they did in ‘making it better now’ in their communities for LBTQ+ youth!

 

round photo of Nicole JoNicole Jo (she/her)

Raised in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, Nicole Jo is a high school senior at Phillips Academy and a first-generation American. With a passion for arts, music, and theater, Nicole found her voice on the stage. By incorporating messages of advocacy and allyship into her performances, she hopes to inspire others to find their voice and speak out for justice and social change.

In addition to her creative talents, Nicole is a leader in her school’s GSA club and an active member of DECA, a business competition club for student entrepreneurs and innovators. After observing the small number of women and people of color involved with DECA, Nicole organized to create a cultural advisory board for the state chapter. Through this effort, she advocated for increased visibility, representation, and inclusivity of LGBTQ+ people. One concrete outcome of this work is the increased sharing of pronouns as part of people’s identities at DECA events. 

Nicole will be attending Wellesley College in the fall where she plans to double major in economics and theater arts. She’s interested in becoming a human rights lawyer with a focus on LGBTQ+ rights and racial justice. 

 

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Sawyer Keegan (they/them) 

High school senior Sawyer Keegan has already done more advocacy in their 17 years than many people do in a lifetime. As a student at The Victor School, they’ve been a leader in the GSA and also served on the statewide GSA council. 

Outside of school, Sawyer has been active with legislative campaigns, ballot questions, and public education initiatives. They testified in support of the Healthy Youth Act and the Gender X bill. They spent countless hours on the “Yes on 3” campaign to defend transgender nondiscrimination protections. And through their role on the board of GLSEN Massachusetts, Sawyer worked with a team creating comprehensive sex ed that is LGBTQ+ inclusive. For Sawyer, activism has not only changed public policies, it’s changed their life. After joining their school’s GSA, Sawyer found a community and had a feeling of belonging for the first time. And the “Yes on 3” campaign made them realize they have the power to make change. 

Sawyer is going to UMass Lowell in the fall to study community psychology, a program that combines psychology with political science. They hope to pursue a career working with LGBTQ+ young people.

Meet our 2020 Scholarship winner, Banti Jaswal! 

Our 2020 GBPFLAG Scholarship winner was Banti Jaswal (they/them)! We are honored to share the incredible work Banti Jaswal has undertaken as an advocate for the intersex community. Watch to learn more about them and their incredible impact!

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