Scholarships now available for GLBT

The New Orleans Chapter of Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG NO) is accepting applications for scholarships for the 2011-2012 school year. The purpose of the scholarships is to recognize outstanding gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (GLBT), to encourage continuing education for self-identified GLBT students, and to help these students foster a positive image of GLBT people in society. Most of the scholarships are for $1,000, but some are for more, and there is one four-year scholarship for $10,000.

To be eligible, the applicant must:
n Self-identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered;
n Be 17 years old or older as of April 15, 2011;

Be a resident of Louisiana; and

Be planning to attend (or attending) a post-secondary educational institution.

The application must be submitted by Feb. 10, and supporting documents must be mailed and postmarked by this date.

All applicants will be notified of results by April 25. Recipients must be present at the awards ceremony to accept the scholarship in person.

The ceremony is scheduled for May 7 at the Homer Hitt Alumni Center of the University of New Orleans.
Applications and more information about the scholarship can be found at www.pflagno.org or sending an e-mail to info@plfagno.org. Interested persons may make donations to the scholarships fund by sending a check payable to: PFLAG New Orleans Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 15515, New Orleans, LA 70175.

Additional information about making a donation can be obtained by sending an e-mail to info@plfagno.org.

PFLAG New Orleans was founded in 1982, and is affiliated with the national PFLAG organization. PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights.

The PFLAG New Orleans Scholarship Fund has given more than $500,000 to over 450 students since 1989.

For more information, contact Michael Thompson at pflagneworleans@gmail.com or 504-261-3540 or P.O. Box 15515, New Orleans, LA 70175.