Over $85,000 in Scholarships

Equity Foundation is proud to announce that we have awarded $85,400 in scholarship funding to 23 LGTBTQ and allied students for the 2015-2016 school year.

Equity Foundation is host to some of Oregon’s longest standing scholarships. Our scholarship program is supported by members of the LGBTQ and allied community who are committed to assisting students of all ages fund their education. With their support, we are able to provide financial assistance to students like Neil Panchmatia, who is pursuing a Master’s in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling at Portland State University and hopes to work with Portland’s refugee and immigrant communities. And Leslie Perez-Cervantes, a biochemistry major at Linfield College who plans to pursue a career in pediatric medicine and provide healthcare to low-income families.

We are excited to support students like Neil and Leslie who are committed to advancing equity for communities across Oregon. Congratulations to all of our 215 scholarship recipients!

Neil Panchmatia

Recipient of the Jessica Dolin Memorial Scholarship

“Receiving this scholarship was much-needed for me. It not only provides vital financial support to students such as myself, struggling with rising educational costs, but is also a strong statement of support and confidence. This scholarship was an acknowledgement to me from my own community that I am on the right path, doing the right thing as a scholar and activist and further motivates me to continue working towards giving back to the community.”

Leslie Perez-Cervantes

Recipient of the Portland General Electric Scholarship & Pride of the Rose Scholarship

“The scholarships that I received will not only lighten my financial burden, but also strengthen my motivation to someday offer prime services to low-income families. The opportunity to be a recipient means that I can hopefully inspire others and prove how sexual orientation should not be a strain if we are willing to chase after our dreams.”

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