Headed to: Carleton College
“Having been born and raised in a conservative Texas household, I always felt smothered by the inability to be myself in the public and private sphere. As a child, I knew I was different and dreamed of one day embracing my true self in the company of those who understood where I was coming from. It was the newfound freedom that came with leaving my family that enabled me to welcome change as I pursue a higher education. I look forward to majoring in environmental studies at Carleton College in the coming fall and hope to utilize my past experiences to ensure a better future for generations yet to come.
“I greatly appreciate the opportunity to apply for the Hampton Roads Pride Scholarship and the award that came with being named a scholarship recipient. As a first generation college student, this scholarship will allow me to continue my pursuit of a college degree despite the monetary obstacles that stand in my way. I look forward to my next four years in college and I have the scholarship donors and committee to thank for helping me achieve my goals. Thank you for going out of your way to ensure that LGBT students like me across the United States have access to a college education.”