Please feel free to forward this information to any interested high school seniors:
I am the president of the Ricardo Correa Scholarship Foundation. I’m a retired elementary teacher, who started the foundation nine years ago when my partner of fifteen years died. We’ve given out almost ten, local Wisconsin scholarships to LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) public school seniors going to college. Last year our foundation gave out its second and third national scholarship and will be doing so again this summer in Denver.
I am writing to let you know that LGBT seniors in high school can apply for the scholarship this month and be part of the candidates for the selection process. The deadline for the applications is May 1st (March 1st for Wisconsin students wishing to be entered in both the local, Wisconsin and the national scholarship) and must have a postmark on or before that date. The local and national application is on our website (ricfest.org) along with the criteria for the scholarship selection (evidence of leadership, grade point average, economic need, plus an essay on “My Life as a Gay Student and the Gay Role Models who shaped it”). The scholarship is for $2,000 with half awarded the first semester and the other half the second semester upon successful completion of their first semester ($1,000 for local scholarship).
The application will be looked at in May and narrowed down to the top candidates. The top candidates will be voted on at the NEA Convention in July, by NEA leadership, NEA-GLBT Caucus leadership, SOGI (Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity) committee members, along with state leaders from around the country.
If you could forward this letter or e-mail with the website to PFLAG parents, public high schools in your area, Gay/Straight alliances, students, etc., it would be greatly appreciated! Let students know they should be able to get guidance help in filling out the application. Thank you so much for your time and help!
Peter J. Konrath