Recipient Grant University Major
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_cantuDAVID 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.

2015_andrew_huntANDY 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.

2015_teresa_fine_whittingtonTERESA 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.

2015_shaylee_reichhardtSHAYLEE 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.

2015_aaron_reedAARON 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.

2015_maximilian_westMAXIMILIAN 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.

2015_elizabeth_andersonELIZABETH 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.

2015_jean_withersJEAN 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.