In 2015, Tami and I, with Weber State University, founded the Peace and Possibility Speaker Series in partnership with the LGBT Resource Center. The series aims to bring to bring high profile LGBT leaders and advocates to the university to provide cultural opportunities, enhance the “welcomeness” and inclusion on campus and cultivate the “ally” community.
In 2016, as part of the Speaker’s Series, we launched the first essay contest for Weber State Students to earn $1000 and $500 scholarships for writing their stories and experiences within the LGBTQ+ Community to achieve success and make a difference.
Once again, this year, the LGBT Resource Center is accepting student essays. Students who submit an essay could win a cash scholarship; 1st place will receive $1000, 2nd and 3rd place will each receive $500. Any student interested in sharing their experience for a chance to win a scholarship should submit an essay.
The topic of the essay is:
Using your talents, skills, and experience as an LGBTQ+ person or ally to achieve success and make a difference.
· What does LGBTQ+ mean to you?
· How do you or would you leverage your talents, skills, and experience to achieve success and make a difference?
· In what ways has your LGBTQ+ identity or involvement with the LGBTQ+ community influenced your life?
Applicants must be current Weber State University students. Essays should be typed, 500-750 words, and address the topic of the essay competition. The questions listed can be used for guidance in addressing the topic.
Essays are due and should be submitted to Jayson Stokes by Monday, November 26, 2018 at 5:00 pm.
Tami and I look forward to reading the winning essays - the students have amazing stories to share.