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Scholarships

Horizons is home to several scholarships:

  • GAPA's George Choy Memorial Scholarship
    Established in 1997 by the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA), this fund provides post-secondary financial assistance to Bay Area gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Asian and Pacific Islander graduating high school students.

  • Bobby Griffith Memorial Scholarship Fund
    Horizons Foundation is honored to house the Bobby Griffith Memorial Scholarship Fund, which was named in honor of Bobby Griffith, a gay youth from Walnut Creek who committed suicide in 1983 after his family would not accept his sexual orientation. Since 1990, the Bobby Griffith Memorial Scholarship Fund has funded scholarships for Contra Costa County high school graduates who contribute to the community by improving the environment for LGBTQ youth. Learn more about the fund eQuality Scholarship Collaborative
  • Markowski-Leach Scholarship Fund
    Established by a bequest from the estates of Jim Leach and Tom Markowski, this fund has been granting scholarships since 1992. It offers awards to juniors, seniors, and graduate students at San Francisco State University, Stanford University, and University of California Berkeley who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer. Awards are granted to students who are considered likely to enhance society's perception of LGBTQ people as well as increase the LGBTQ community's self-esteem.

  • Juan Marquez Scholarship
    This scholarship goes to the top Latino or Latina student at Plymouth (Indiana) High School. Although the award is not aimed at LGBT graduates, it stil raises the visibility of LGBT philanthropy: the description in the school's annual listing of available scholarships specifically states that it was established by a gay man to honor his life partner Juan Marquez, who died in a plane crash in 2000.

  • Pride Law Fund's Thomas H. Steel Fellowship Fund
    This fellowship supports a new lawyer each year to work in the United States on an innovative, public interest law project that serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. It is the first fellowship of its kind anywhere in the country.

  • Joseph Towner Fund for Gay and Lesbian Families
    With the support of a bequest from the estate of Joseph Towner, this endowment provides scholarships for post-secondary education of children with at least one gay or lesbian parent residing in the Bay Area.

  • New Road Scholarship Fund
    The New Road (NR) Scholarship was established in November 2011 to provide financial assistance to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals to help fund their college education.

  • eQuality Scholarship Collaborative eQuality Scholarship Collaborative is a leader in recognizing LGBTQ and ally youth in California. The Collaborative awards scholarships to honor and encourage California students for their service to the LGBTQ community. Scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors, community college transfer students, nursing students, and medical school students. eQuality Scholarship Collaborative is the joint effort of a group of individuals and organizations based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 1989, more than 260 scholarships have been awarded totaling more than $815,000. Horizons Foundation is proud to serve as eQuality Scholarship Collaborative's fiscal sponsor. Learn more about the scholarship program, both how to apply for a scholarship and how to support eQuality