eQuality Scholarship Application Deadline Approaches

Out & Equal Supported Scholarship Recgnizes Contributions to LGBT Community

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Since 1990, the eQuality Scholarship Collaborative has been providing financial aid to graduating high school seniors for their service to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender community. At least ten $5000 scholarships will be awarded in 2008.

The deadline for this year’s applications is February 16.

Applicants must be graduating from a high school in northern or central California. Demonstrated leadership and LGBT community service are the main criteria for selection.

The scholarship winners will be honored at an awards dinner on May 9 at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco.

Over 130 students have been awarded more than $225,000 over the past 18 years. The program is a volunteer effort with no paid staff, which keeps administrative costs low.

The eQuality Scholarship Collaborative is made up of individuals and organizations based in the San Francisco Bay Area. It began as a scholarship program by Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s gay and lesbian employee association, now PG&E PrideNetwork. The other members of the collaborative are Kaiser Permanente’s KP Pride and Genentech Out and Equal employee resource groups, and nonprofit organizations Ally Action, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, and Gay-Straight Alliance Network.

For details on scholarship eligibility, the application form, and information on making a charitable donation to the scholarship fund, visit www.allyaction.org/scholarship.

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Out & Equal™ Workplace Advocates is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in San Francisco, California. Out & Equal champions safe and equitable workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. The organization advocates building and strengthening successful organizations that value all employees, customers and communities. For more information, visit www.outandequal.org.

Press Contacts:

Ellen Brackman, (415) 781-7900 x2203
Larry Buchanan, (510) 752-7866
equality@allyaction.org