2017 Awards Dinner
The 2017 eQuality Scholars were announced at the 28th eQuality Scholarship Awards Dinner on Friday, May 12, at the Hotel Nikko San Francisco.
"For me, the greatest gift this scholarship has given me was the acknowledgment that what I have and continue to overcome is something to be proud of...Organizations like eQuality Scholarship [Collaborative] save lives and give people the education they need to pass this community's tradition of charity and unconditional love to many others. What you do for queer and trans youth has a ripple effect, and I have been affected by it in more ways than one."
"For me to be here tonight, surrounded by a loving community, is a dream...my goal in high school, my goal in life, is to make younger students and younger people feel comfortable in their own skin, in their own schools, and in their own cities...eQuality Scholarship Collaborative has shown me how rewarding activism is. It's not just about the money...it's about reflecting on the experiences, the opportunities taken, and the exchanges with the people you've met along the way."
"When I found out that I'd be receiving this scholarship, I cried for about three hours. Without this scholarship, I would not be able to afford DVC."
"I will cary this with me, and I will do you right. I promise, I swear, I will make space for so many queer people, and I'm super excited to do that. I just want to thank all the adults in the room for really opening the door for me and for all of us queer youth out there."
"It's means so much to have my elders, to have my LGBT community, look at me and say, wow, you've done such a good job."
"This scholarship means institutional support, which is a type of support that is often lacking in this space...Thank you for supporting my medical education and my efforts to serve LGBTQQIA patients in spaces that are accessible and compassionate."
Eric Hsu & Jim Chambers
Richard Meiss & Peter Rudy
“PG&E” refers to the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation.