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The GSBA Guarantee

by Jason Dittmer, Director of Marketing & Communications
| Oct 19, 2016

Greater Seattle Business Association to support LGBTQ students through four years of undergraduate studies

SEATTLE, WA - The GSBA Scholarship Fund, a program of the Greater Seattle Business Association, awards educational scholarships to Washington State LGBTQ and allied students who exhibit leadership potential, demonstrate strong academic abilities, and are actively involved in school and community organizations. GSBA Scholars represent a diverse group of students who have dreams of making our community and the world a better place, and each of them possesses the skills, talents, and dedication to make those dreams a reality.

GSBA is proud to announce The GSBA Guarantee, the organization's newest initiative to provide funding to students during four years of undergraduate work.

" 'Your community is here for you. You are not alone.' That is what the GSBA Guarantee is all about. This level of ongoing support and commitment provides hope and affirmation to a group of students who all too often don't have traditional means of support." -- Louise Chernin, President & CEO, GSBA.
"The GSBA Scholarship Fund will support students until they walk across the stage with degree in hand, up to four years of undergraduate education. It is no longer about just getting students into college; it's about getting them through college. Our community is committed to supporting students beyond the dollar."  -- Travis Mears, Director of Development & Scholarship Programs, GSBA
Financial barriers, often times due to family estrangement, are one of the major reasons LGBTQ students do not graduate from college. By significantly decreasing and in most cases eliminating this barrier, GSBA has opened doors for students to focus on one of the biggest factors related to a student's ability to persist through to graduation, feeling connected to a community.

"LGBTQ students are far less likely to have the quality familial and institutional ties of other students. This means that it is crucial for us as a community to step up and offer not a hand but rather, two hands! On a micro-level we are funding hopeful, vibrant and deserving scholars, and on a macro-level we are funding tomorrow's leaders and shaping our community's very own future." -- Stephanie Dallas, GSBA Scholarship Fund Chair

As both a business chamber and a scholarship fund, GSBA has access to some of the brightest minds in the region and the ability to harness the power within the community to support student success while promoting diversity and equality. Sheparding scholars through their undergraduate education by providing persistent financial support puts GSBA at the forefront of the college success movement.

The GSBA Scholarship Fund 2017 scholarship application for LGBTQ and allied students is officially open!

Scholarships are available to students who are pursuing post-secondary studies at community colleges, public or private four-year colleges and universities, vocational, technical, and trade schools.

During its 26 year history, the GSBA Scholarship Fund has awarded more than $2.7 million in scholarships to over 600 LGBTQ and allied students.

Learn more about the GSBA Scholarship Fund here.


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