Hunterdon County LGBT group offers a $500 college scholarship

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LGBTQ of Hunterdon NJ web logo
LGBTQ of Hunterdon NJ web logo
The Hunterdon County LGBT group meets in Clinton

New Jersey High School seniors may apply for a $500.00 scholarship for an entering college freshman in the fall of 2018. LGBT college scholarship applicants must submit an essay to the GLBT of Hunterdon group before the August 2018 meeting.

The GLBT of Hunterdon County of NJ meets each month on the first Thursday in Clinton. LGBTQ+ youth, teens, young adults, adults, parents, and allies are welcome. The meetings are from 6-8:30pm at the North Branch County Library, 65 Halstead Street, Clinton, NJ 08809

To enter the New Jersey LGBT student scholarship contest applicants must submit an essay of 1,000 words minimum.

They should address one of the two topic questions: 
  1. How would you like to see the LGBTQ community progress in 10 years
  2. Which prominent member of the LGBTQ community inspires you the most, and why?

The LGBT college scholarship winners check will be made out to the college in the New Jersey High School student’s name. A letter will follow to the college explaining the essay contest rules. Applicants must submit their essay on or before the first Thursday in August. Application essays can be brought to the meeting in Clinton that month. The LGBT college scholarship winner will be announced at the September 2018 meeting. To find out more visit glbtofhunterdoncountyofnj.com/scholarship.html. To find out more about the group email : LGBTQhunterdon@gmail.com or call the group president, Matthew Loscialo at 908-840-4880 for more details.

Upcoming meetings will include movies and youth leadership training

Meanwhile, The LGBT group at the Thursday, July 5, 2018 meeting will show the movie Love, Simon – (PG-13). The meeting is from 6-8:30 pm at the Library location. Love, Simon is a funny and heartfelt coming-of-age story about the thrilling ride of finding one’s self and falling in love.

Later in the summer, at the Thursday, August 2, 2018 meeting, The GSE Youth Caucus Leadership and Advocacy Workshops for middle/high school students and their families will be held. The guest and key speaker will be Ashley Chiappano from Garden State Equality. She will discuss teaching youth and families how to lead in the fight for LGBT rights. Participants will receive information about state and federal laws. This will be presented along with information about what the national landscape looks like for LGBT young people. Youth and families will learn how to contact and effectively interact with lawmakers and have their voices heard in a variety of arenas.

Families will leave feeling more confident in advocating for their child’s legal rights, and youth will be more empowered to use their voices to create an inclusive, affirming, and safer communities for themselves and their peers.

Chiappano, the Safe Schools Coordinator for NJ, is a parent, advocate, facilitator and trainer who has worked in the non-profit and public service fields for over eight years. During her time as a public servant and child welfare professional she trained and licensed many LGBT foster/adoptive parents for the NJ Department of Child Protection and Permanency. Previously she worked as a Resource Family Advocate at Foster and Adoptive Family Services, where her focus was to educate, advocate and assist families by utilizing CP&P policy to resolve issues and create positive change. She is committed to creating safe and affirming school environments.

More info is at Glbtofhunterdoncountyofnj.com