We were unable to come together for in-person Scholarship Celebrations this spring, and later made the decision not to hold the virtual celebration that had been scheduled for June 4th. We’re excited to share a virtual event experience with you—one that brings the stories and brilliance of scholars from across our region to life.
Below, you can embark on a self-guided event experience through videos from 2020 Scholars across the region, and two of our lovely Scholarship Fundholders. I hope you’ll take some time to watch these incredible stories, learn more about their lives and dreams, and consider the impact that supporting these leaders will have on the future of our world.
Trisha Fey Elizarda-Miller
Our event welcome comes from 2020 Scholar, Trisha Fey Elizarda-Miller (she/her), who is studying music and counseling in Portland, Oregon.
Maxwell Storm Blue
Maxwell Storm Blue (he/him) is studying Studio Art at the College of Western Idaho.
Alex Fay (she/her) is interviewed by Elan Robinson (they/them), Pride Foundation’s Event and Donor Relations Coordinator. Alex is originally from Boise, Idaho, and is studying Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Pomona College.
Bri Mango (they/them) is attending Montana State University to study Welding and Fine Arts.
Nick Takahashi (they/them) is studying instrumentation and automation in Yakima, WA.
Gayle Stringer and Nancy Nickelson
Gayle Stringer (she/her) and Nancy Nickelson (she/her) are interviewed by Alli Auldridge, Pride Foundation Director of Community Engagement. Gayle and Nancy are longtime Pride Foundation supporters, and created the All My Relations Scholarship Fund at Pride Foundation that supports LGBTQ+ or Two-Spirit indigenous students pursuing social justice work with indigenous communities.
Maryam Meshkattehrani (she/her) lives in Portland, Oregon where she is studying architecture at Portland State University.
Congratulations to all of our 2020 Pride Foundation Scholars!
Amidst the additional uncertainty surrounding returning to school in this moment, we are wishing you health, safety, and pride.
Thank you to super volunteer, Christopher Economakos, for compiling this reel of many of our 2020 scholars!
Pride Foundation provides essential financial resources and community support to LGBTQ+ and allied student leaders across the Northwest. Since awarding our first scholarship in 1993, we’ve invested more than $5 million to nearly 2,000 students in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. This is made possible thanks to the generous support of our business partners, scholarship fundholders, and supporters who understand the importance of investing in our future community leaders.