The deadline for the 2016-2017 school year has passed for the scholarships listed below. Please check back early next year for information on applying for 2017-2018.
The Bill and Ann Shepherd Legal Scholarship Fund
The Bill and Ann Shepherd Legal Scholarship provides financial assistance to third-year and fourth-year law students who wish to advance equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.
Bill and Ann Shepherd began a legacy of justice in 1972. In 1976, Bill founded the Portland Town Council Legal Resource Committee, forerunner of the Oregon Gay and Lesbian Law Association (OGALLA). That same year, Ann was appointed to a two-year term on then Gov. Straub’s Task Force on Sexual Preference. In 1977, with Chuck and Rita Knapp, they co-founded Parents of Gays, which later affiliated with the international organization Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, PFLAG.
Until his death in 1995, Bill Shepherd provided low cost legal counsel to same sex couples who wanted to ensure their partners optimal decision making and inheritance rights. Ann Shepherd “mothered” countless gays and lesbians rejected by their families and churches, and worked with confused parents to heal the wounds caused by misinformation and judgmental attitudes. Ann and Bill fought every anti-gay ballot measure and candidate that crossed their path, and in 1985, the Shepherds received the first of many prestigious awards from the community, the Lucille Hart Award from the Right-to-Privacy PAC.
The Bill and Ann Shepherd Legal Scholarship was founded by the late Jeff Rose, Mr. Portland Leather 1993, and Susie Shepherd, International Ms. Leather 1989. Shepherd Scholars, as befits their namesake, are committed to continue bearing the torch of equal rights.
David M. Crawford Memorial Scholarship
The David M. Crawford Memorial Scholarship at Equity Foundation was created in 2012 by Scott Mason, David’s partner of 30 years. Scott established the scholarship with a gift of $200,000 to honor David’s work in the community, his dedication to LGBT causes and to PSU. In establishing the fund, Mason said, “David had been an adjunct faculty member at PSU’s School of Business and would be proud to be helping others meet their goals.”
The scholarship is intended for Portland State University students actively involved in advancing LGBT rights.
Davis Wright Tremaine Equity Scholarship
The Davis Wright Tremaine Equity Scholarship is funded by a generous gift from the lawfirm of Davis Wright Tremaine. Davis Wright Tremaine believes in the importance of growing diversity in the legal profession and in the Portland area in particular. To support that goal, the Portland office of Davis Wright Tremaine is partnering with Equity Foundation to offer one $5,000 scholarship this year to incoming law students.
Gregori Jakovina Endowment Scholarship and Larry McDonald Scholarship
The Gregori Jakovina Endowment Scholarship and the Larry McDonald Scholarship funds were founded in May 2007 by Gregori Jakovina and Larry McDonald to encourage and facilitate post-secondary education in the arts for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT).
The Gregori Jakovina Endowment Scholarship is for students majoring in the arts who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and/or children of LGBT parents enrolled in post-secondary education. Students shall be residents of Oregon or Clark County, Washington.
The Larry McDonald Scholarship is intended for adults in mid-life who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender who seek to make a significant change in their lives or vocations by majoring in the arts and/or humanities, which includes ancient and modern languages, literature, history, philosophy, religion, fine arts, and visual and performing arts such as music and theatre.
Jessica Dolin Memorial Scholarship
Leigh and Leslie Dolin established the Jessica Dolin Memorial Scholarship in 2013 to honor their daughter Jessica who passed away May 14, 2003. The scholarship is intended for residents of Oregon or Clark County, WA who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender student or a student actively involved in an LGBT rights organization.
The Jim McBroom and John H. Weston Scholarship Fund
The Jim McBroom and John H. Weston Scholarship was created in 2010 through a bequest from Jim McBroom. The scholarship is funded by the Jim McBroom and John H. Weston Charitable Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation. The scholarship is intended for gay and lesbian students in or from Oregon who are attending four year colleges, preferably but not exclusively for those studying fine arts and humanities.
Portland General Electric Scholarship
The Portland General Electric (PGE) Scholarship will offer a two-thousand dollar scholarship to one student who is LGBTQ or is the child of LGBTQ parents, who resides in PGE’s service area, and needs financial assistance to attain their post-secondary educational goals. Preference will be placed on first generation students and students majoring in mathematics, engineering, and related sciences, or business, economics, finance, and other disciplines that align with PGE’s business focus.
The Pride of the Rose Scholarship Fund
The Pride of the Rose Scholarship, founded in 1979 by Rose Emperor 5 Frank Schreckenberger and Rose Empress 21 Allison Grey (Curtis Meyers) of the Imperial Sovereign Rose Court, is administered through Equity Foundation. Leadership of the Pride of the Rose consists of Frank, Curtis, Dwayne Witzel and Scot Bishop-Walker. Dwayne and Scot joined the leadership effort in 2004 as a part of the organizations recognition of doing succession planning. Scholarships are available to members of the LGBT communities and their children who reside in the Portland Quad-County area or Clark County Washington. Applicants must be pursuing their education beyond the secondary level and must be in demonstrated need of financial assistance to attain their educational goals.
The Pride of the Rose Scholarship celebrated its 35th anniversary in September 2013 with the granting of $20,000 in scholarships to 8 individuals. With these scholarships awarded, the total given to over 268 individuals during the past 35 years now exceeds $435,000.
Scholarship applications are due July 31st of each year for the upcoming academic year. The Pride of the Rose Scholarship Committee meets in August of each year to review applications and make scholarship decisions, which are then passed along to the Equity Foundation Board of Directors for formal approval.