|David Mendez Cantu||$4000||University of Western States||Massage Therapy|
|Andrew Hunt||$3250||Princeton University||Computer Science|
|Teresa Fine Whittington||$3250||Washington State University||English/Women’s Studies|
|Joe Breedlove||$3000||Portland State University||Psychology/Social Work|
|Shaylee Reichardt||$2500||North Carolina State University||Sociology/Business|
|Aaron Reed||$2500||Portland State University||Business Administration|
|Maximilian West||$2500||Portland State University||Community Health Ed.|
|Elizabeth Anderson||$2000||Ohio Wesleyan University||Neuroscience|
|Philip Stinnett||$1000||Eastern Oregon University||Music Education|
|Jean Withers||$1000||Portland State University||Sociology/Gender Studies|
DAVID MENDEZ CANTU will be receiving an Audria M. Edwards scholarship to support his studies in the Massage Therapy Certificate Program at the University of Western States in Portland. A Gay Hispanic male and licensed esthetician for several years, he has owned a business and paid off his prior student loans. He is fluent in several languages and volunteered as an ASL interpreter at Peacock in the Park 2015, demonstrating another way in which recipients “pay back” support given by the larger LGBTQ community and the scholarship fund.
ANDY HUNT will receive his second Audria M. Edwards Scholarship in New York City where he is interning with a new software development firm. In the fall, he will return to Princeton University to work toward a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, coordinate an on-campus group for gays and lesbians in computer fields, and sing in a top-rated a capella group.
TERESA FINE WHITTINGTON is receiving her second Audria M. Edwards Scholarship this year as she completes her Bachelor’s Degree in English with a minor in Women’s Studies at Washington State University Vancouver. She also looks forward to continuing participation in campus programs and activities that promote gender equity, diversity, and social justice on campus. A Lesbian single mother of three sons, one of whom is gay, she will continue with graduate studies to become a teacher, and eventually a principal, in a middle or high school.
JOE BREEDLOVE, a Gay Native American, first attended Peacock in the Park in 1993 and returned several times as a performer named “Darcy.” For many of the 20 years that lapsed between high school and entering PCC to become proficient in American Sign Language, Joe suffered from addictions and homelessness. He has been clean and sober for six years and currently is living with complications from open-heart surgery this past winter. With this scholarship, he will finish his Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Psychology at Portland State University this coming year.
SHAYLEE REICHARDT The daughter of two lesbian Moms, Shaylee is extremely proud of her Native American heritage and was founder and 2014 president of the Native American Club at Franklin High School in Portland. She graduated after only three years in high school by taking a full schedule, including several Advanced Placement classes. Shaylee enjoys competing in Poetry Slams and is headed to North Carolina State University for a dual major in Business Management and Sociology.
AARON REED is Portland’s newly named Junior Mr. Gay Pride 2015-2016. Those of you who have enjoyed a meal at the Moda Center may recognize him as the lead server. Aaron has been a long-time volunteer with the Red Cross, having learned the importance of giving back when his family lost all of their possessions in a house fire five years ago. He has chosen Hospitality Business Management for his future career and will be in his junior year at Portland State University working toward a Bachelor of Science degree.
MAXIMILIAN WEST will be completing his Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science at Portland State University next year with a Major in Community Health Education and a Minor in Civic Leadership. For several years he has been a dedicated volunteer with Pride Northwest, Central City Concern, and at weekly 12-Step meetings of AA and NA. In 2014, while attending PSU as a full-time student, he worked part-time as a Research Assistant at PSU’s Institute of Aging.
ELIZABETH ANDERSON is a recent graduate of West Linn High School where she was active in the Gender and Sexuality Alliance, the Honors Society, the International Thespian Troupe, and the Japanese Exchange Program. As a lesbian with a keen interest in mental health problems and passion for the LGBTQ community, she has chosen to major in Neuroscience at Wesleyan University. Eventually, she wants to earn a Ph.D. and do research that will lead to better treatments and break stigmas.
PHIL STINNETT, a recent graduate of Sheldon High School in Eugene, is participating in a Northwest Youth Corps program this summer. To follow his passion for all things related to band performance, Phil, a young Transgender man and LGBTQ activist, will attend Eastern Oregon University and major in Music Education in pursuit of his dream of becoming a band director.
JEAN WITHERS will receive his scholarship when he returns from celebrating Gay Pride in San Francisco. He is a Transgender individual who volunteers for organizations serving Queer and Transgender youth in Vancouver, Washington. Jean will return to Portland State University this Fall to finish his Bachelor’s degree with a major in Sociology and minor in Sexuality, Gender and Queer Studies.