Educational ScholarshipsEach year, the Kentucky Fairness Alliance Foundation awards scholarships that the Kentucky Fairness Alliance (KFA) then recognizes at the annual statewide fairness gala, Out & About. Below is information regarding the 2011 recipients of the Foundation's scholarships that KFA has invited and will honor on November 12.
Jason Johnson Scholarship
Alex Meadows - Northern Kentucky University - 2011 Recipient
Alex is an undergraduate student at Northern Kentucky University where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s in Anthropology, with a specific interest in Women’s and Gender Studies. As a young transgender individual, Alex has experienced tremendous hardships in her life in becoming the strong woman that she is today. Alex has been an active volunteer at the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization (GLSO) and Pride Festival in Lexington. In recommending her, President Dennis Wheatley of the GLSO stated, “In the time that I have been President of the GLSO, I have rarely seen a level of involvement from our youth that I have seen from Ms. Meadows. Ms. Meadows is undoubtedly a future leader of our Kentucky GLBT community.”
Mark England Scholarship
Dustin Hall - Spalding University - 2011 Recipient
Dustin is an undergraduate student at Spalding University where he is pursuing a Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. At Spalding, Dustin currently serves as President of the Student Government Association. He brought new life to student body by reinvigorating the gay-straight alliance, Unanimity, at Spalding where his reputation precedes him as having a strong passion for helping people. In recommending him, Director of Talent Management Kenneth Cordle of University of Louisville Physicians stated, “As an activist, Dustin works to build a world that is free of discrimination, hatred and is inclusive. I see in Dustin, someone who will make a difference in this world.”
"Erika's Hope" Memorial Scholarship
Sean Allen - University of Kentucky - 2011 Recipient
Sean is a graduate student at the University of Kentucky where he is pursuing a Master’s in Public Health (MPH). After finishing his MPH, he plans to seek a Ph.D. in Epidemiology. His ultimate career goal is to work in the design and implementation of HIV/AIDS prevention programs. He is a member of the Kentucky Public Health Association and the Kentucky HIV/AIDS Planning and Advisory Council. Sean is involved in a variety of community service activities that includes AIDS Volunteers, Inc. (AVOL). In recommending him, Prevention Program Director Angel Clark of AVOL stated, “Sean is a philanthropist and is committed to his community. I believe his passion will continue to guide him as he becomes a leader in developing new disease prevention strategies and addressing emerging infectious diseases within the LGBT community."
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