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2021 Greater Kansas City PFLAG/GLSEN Scholarship Application
Kansas City chapters of PFLAG and GLSEN have joined to support young people in furthering their education. They have established scholarships for graduating high school students in the Greater Kansas City area who identify as LGBTQ+. The organizations will provide two $1000 scholarships for the post-secondary education (college, university, training, trade school) of two LGBTQ+ high school seniors in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area of Missouri and Kansas.

The application includes the completion of one essay, to be submitted by February 28, 2021, no later than 11:59 pm (CST). The scholarship recipients will be notified by early April 2021. The recipients of the scholarships will be invited to a public presentation of the scholarships at the Break the Silence even in Kansas City.

The scholarship application is open to any public or private high school student or homeschooled student graduating in the spring of 2021 and pursuing further education in the next academic year.

A committee of chapter volunteers of GLSEN and PFLAG will evaluate students' applications on the depth of essays explaining hopes for the future, passion and enthusiasm, and the overall impact of descriptions of how students will advocate for positive change.

As students are preparing essays, they should keep the following in mind: The mission of GLSEN is to create safe schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression, is dedicated to fostering a work environment and designing programs and resources that are inclusive and celebratory of diversity, and sensitive to the role of power and privilege in society. The mission of PFLAG is uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies. PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy.

PFLAG and GLSEN are 501(c)3 organizations under the umbrella of PFLAG National/GLSEN National.

The selection committee and the sponsoring organizations do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, \region of residence, school affiliation, or military status.

Upon submission of this application, students will not be able to edit their answers.

For additional information or any assistance with an alternate method of application submission, please contact:
Email address *
Applicant's Full Legal Name *
Preferred Name
Preferred Pronouns *
Please provide mailing address where the organization can send you materials after March when selections are made *
Applicant's phone number *
Name of high school attending. If you are uncomfortable providing this, please indicate that below. GLSEN or PFLAG will not contact your school without your permission. *
Address of high school *
Student Essay
Compose a short essay no fewer than approximately 500 words and no more than approximately 1,000 words. Describe (a) how you would like to see the climate for LGBTQ+ youth improve in the next five years and (b) describe what role you will play in making this happen. Draw from your own insights, intentions, and strengths in your writing. *
Final Step
Thank you for your interest in the scholarship and your willingness to share your ideas in this application. Providing your full name in the field below in this last step indicates your understanding of the following information. Upon completion of this application, you should click "submit." You will not be able to edit your application after submitting.
Applicant: Please enter your name below to certify the following: 1) The accompanying essay is your original work. 2) You are, indeed, a student in the greater Kansas City area completing your secondary education (high school) this year and you identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. 3) You understand that you are expected to apply scholarship funds to further your education within the next academic year. 4) You understand you will be asked to provide proof of your graduation prior to receiving your funds, should you be awarded the scholarship. And finally, 5) You understand your essay becomes the property of PFLAG and GLSEN and may be published by these organizations with your permission. *
Due February 28, 2021, at 11:59 pm (CST)
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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