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.



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About the GSBA Leadership Academy

| Aug 15, 2017

ferry leadership academy scholars weekend 2017 600x337The GSBA Leadership Academy productively connects scholars, fosters new levels of peer support, and helps the formation of lifelong relationships while encouraging scholars to discover and collaboratively address shared interests in social and political issues. The Academy assists scholars in acquiring the necessary skills, knowledge, and attributes to persist year-to-year through completion of their postsecondary education and provides leadership training and support that is immediately applicable to scholar needs.

The Academy’s Learning Outcomes include:

Academic Excellence. Students will obtain the skills necessary to connect, develop, and understand a wide range of knowledge, ideas, and experiences impacting their educational endeavors. By participating in the GSBA Leadership Academy scholars will develop skills in the following areas: • Critical & Reflective Thinking • Effective Reasoning • Creativity & Innovation

Community Engagement. Scholars will explore their personal identities, strengths, and unique characteristics developing the skills necessary to be self-advocates. By participating in the GSBA Leadership Academy scholars will develop skills in the following areas: • Values Clarification • Effective Communication • Leadership • Social Responsibility

Practical Competence. Scholars will acquire the necessary skills to live a life of economic security and self-sufficiency. By participating in the GSBA Leadership Academy scholars will develop skills in the following areas: • Financial Literacy • Goal Attainment • Career Development • Professionalism

ABOUT THE 2017 LEADERSHIP ACADEMY IMMERSION WEEKEND


On August 11, 2017, 39 GSBA Scholars flew in from across the country for the leadership Academy’s first immersion weekend on Bainbridge Island’s IslandWood campus. Over the course of three days, scholars attended workshops such as “Owning Your Leadership Footprint,” “Navigating Diversity & Inclusion,” and “Crafting
Resiliency;” heard from Scholar alums sharing stories of their early struggles and current achievements; had a moving discussion with Justice Mary Yu; and spent time building bonds with their peers.