2018 Awards Dinner
The 2018 eQuality Scholars were announced at the 29th eQuality Scholarship Awards Dinner on Friday, May 11, at Delancey Street Town Hall in San Francisco.
"Not only has this scholarship decreased significant financial stress for my family and myself, but it's also a reward in the fact that my works have...been noticed...Knowing that you all here are here to support scholars like me...and celebrate us right now, it means a lot...Thank you so much for believing in me and my future."
"At school, when I tell people I'm a recipient of the eQuality Scholarship, they listen, and I hope that inspires them to continue down the path of queer activism, because it's essential and needed."
"This is a community that gets told 'no' a lot, and, so, I can't possibly articulate how much it means to me to be in this type of room, where it's not 'no', it's 'yes'. And we're celebrating, we are having joy, we're having pride, especially in all of us, in each other, and we're able to celebrate our accomplishments, and be who we are, and be able to celebrate our identities and ourselves. And, so, that means the absolute world to me."
"Beyond simply helping me however, [the eQuality Scholarship] will hopefully set a precedent of LGBTQ youths in my community striving for more than a life of drug addiction or abject poverty, demonstrating that a good education is possible regardless of personal financial circumstances and the still all-too-real prejudices persisting against us."
"Thank you to all the donors and the adults in the room who have constantly been there and will continue to be there to show LGBTQ youth that they matter and they are the future of a more accepting and loving society."
"A poster that we designed [that] has a big rainbow shield on it, and it says...'Everyone Belongs Here'...[to] indicate that the place in which it hangs is a safe space for all minorities, particularly those in the LGBTQ community, and these posters now hang in every single public classroom in Alameda and even the windows of businesses and homes."
"I would like to thank the eQuality Scholarship Collaborative for giving me this opportunity to further my education and get that much closer to my dreams of creating an equitable world...Serving the LGBTQ community has helped me become an empowered and much happier person...The journey never stops, and I'm so honored to be acknowledged here tonight for my journey so far."
"One of the things I've had a lot of time struggling with is the abundance of doctors around me who I have to educate. I didn't go to medical school!...Recently, I switched to Kaiser...I'm so glad to hear that my scholarship is coming from Kaiser, because there's nobody else who I'd rather be funded by."
"I've gotten to witness first hand the way it impacts people, because I connected with someone who received this scholarship last year when I visited Brown. And I could see how much this scholarship meant to them, and I understood why it meant so much to me. I could see how it empowered them to pursue their education, and I can see how it's going to do the exact same for me. So, I'm just so grateful to have received this."
"As a first-generation student, society has put a lot of barriers on my way, and I will destroy them for sure."
"I'd like to thank the eQuality Scholarship Collaborative for this award in recognition of my work serving the underserved LGBT community here in San Francisco."
"When I leave for college, I hope to work further toward this goal of a more accepting and inclusive society...This scholarship and the opportunity I'm getting...is really helping me move toward that future."
"Receiving...the eQuality Scholarship not only helped validate all the work that I had to do, but it allowed me to show my school that these are issues other people care about...and made me feel that there's something greater helping me move the bar forward."
Eric Hsu & Jim Chambers
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