The GSBA Scholarship Fund

The GSBA Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to LGBTQ and allied students who exhibit leadership potential, demonstrate strong academic abilities, and are actively involved in school and community organizations. Founded in 1991, the GSBA Scholarship Fund has awarded over 650 scholarships totaling over $3 million.

Mission

To invest in the education of a diverse group of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and allied students who have the capacity and vision to be the next generation of leaders working to create a better world for all.

Vision

Diverse leaders who have the vision, compassion and capability to solve global issues and secure human rights for all.


The GSBA Guarantee

The Guarantee is our commitment to the ongoing funding of our undergraduate scholars. Every scholar who has met certain criteria is eligible for up to four years of undergraduate scholarship funding. This commitment to our scholars’ success and eventual graduation helps support our future leaders in a way that few programs are able to do. We ask our donors to consider also making ongoing commitments to help sustain the continuing support that is so vital to the success of our mission.



GSBA Blog Scholarship Fund Posts

Building for the Future, Honoring the Past

by Mark Rosén, Director of Programs and Fund Development
| Feb 24, 2016

Leslie GiblettWhether she is running a half marathon or attending a celebration at the Governor’s mansion, Leslie Giblett seldom stands still. Her energy and passion around making the world a better place are nonstop. Coming from a family of five children, with three of the five being LGBT, she knows better than many the struggles faced by young people whe

n a parent is non-accepting. After her parents divorced she saw her brother incarcerated by their own mother, simply because he was gay. Luckily Leslie had the support of her father and Aunt Elo, (for whom she has created an endowed Professorship at the University of Washington), and was able to attend college. Her other family members were not able to find their way, and succumbed to various life altering situations which ended their lives at an early age. However, they all found comfort and family in the LGBT community. As the only surviving gay sibling, it was Leslie’s wish to honor her brother and sisters by creating the Giblett Family Endowment through the GSBA Scholarship Fund.  With this gift, Leslie is helping others on their paths to success and joining with the GSBA community to create that welcoming family of support that is so crucial to those who must overcome hardship to have a chance at achieving their dreams.

We asked Leslie what her motivation was in creating this endowment and she shared that her primary goal was to provide hope for the future. “There are many potential scholarship recipients who have lost that feeling. From a personal point of view, if my siblings had had hope for the future, they may not have all passed away so early. I would like our scholarship recipients to know that it's possible to overcome hardship, and live a more enhanced life by getting an education.”

“Creating a legacy is important to me from a personal level, as I saw in my own family, it's not always possible to 'see the other side' and know that if you persevere, you can make a difference.” She wants to ensure that those who have a lack of parental support are able to overcome it with the help of the Scholarship Fund. Now with the help of the Giblett Family Endowment, the GSBA Scholarship Fund has a new way of helping those who need it. Thank you Leslie Giblett -- marathon runner, community leader, fashionista, and philanthropist – for working so hard for our community and always looking fabulous while doing it.