GRTF Academic Scholarship

What is the GRTF Academic Scholarship?

This scholarship fund is to help transgender students with education-related expenses while pursuing a degree or certificate from an accredited college, university, or technical / vocational program with a satellite campus or permanent presence in Kent County, MI.

This award is open to people of any age who identify as transgender (including agender, bigender, genderqueer, non-binary, transsexual, and/or any other non-cis gender identity) and who demonstrate financial need.

The 2017-2018 scholarship cycle is currently closed. The 2018-2019 scholarship cycle will open on January 1, 2018.

How to Apply

Interested in applying? Full instructions are included in the Application document below.

Download Application
Download Financial Release

Past Scholarship Recipients

2017

Hal Swain

$2500

Hal Swain he/him pronouns
Aquinas College, Business Administration

"I stand confidently as a transgender man, feeling more like myself than I have ever felt in my 21 years of life. However, being in college has created some new anxieties, fears, and predicaments. Although there are some amazing people at Aquinas who support me, institutional support like housing, professors, and paperwork have been a challenge. The other challenge being that I love playing lacrosse but can not be on the team while starting my transition.

I have a dream to design and sell my own clothing line targeted for the queer community, a career that will not only support my family but also my community."

Beau VanSolkema

$2500

Beau VanSolkema he/him pronouns
GVSU, Social Work

"I'm a first-generation student who started college at age 28. I struggle with depression, learning disabilities, and health issues, but I don't let these things hold me back. Education has empowered me and offered me the tools necessary to become a recognized leader both on- and off-campus.

I plan to initially work for the Kent County prison system, but my ultimate goal is to be a transgender LGBT therapist with a focus on elderly transgender folks and sexual assault victims."

Finn Marcks

$1500

Finn Marcks they/them, he/him pronouns
GVSU, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

"My identity has led me to meet some of the most amazing and spectacular human beings on earth, and I have flourished within the trans community both at GVSU and in GR. I'm a leader and activist on campus. I'm neurodivergent, and with no financial assistance or support from my family, I struggle a lot in school because of my identity, anxiety, depression, and stress... and I want nothing more than to help students in similar situations.

My goal is to become a director in a university's LGBT resource center, so I can help struggling LGBT students be as successful as possible."

Aaminah Shakur

$500

Aaminah Shakur they/them pronouns
Kendall College, Art History

"I identify as Two-Spirit because it is the proper term within my Indigenous tribes to describe genderqueer identities.

I'm a non-traditional student-- age 43-- mixed race, disabled, self-supporting, and returning to school for the first time due to poverty. Blending art history and critique of culture, I hope to bring to light the work of more queer, disabled artists of color."

2016

Aaminah Shakur

$2500

Aaminah Shakur they/them pronouns
Kendall College, Art History

"I identify as Two-Spirit because it is the proper term within my Indigenous tribes to describe genderqueer identities.

I'm a non-traditional student-- age 41-- mixed race, disabled, self-supporting, and returning to school for the first time due to poverty. Blending art history and critique of culture, I hope to bring to light the work of more queer, disabled artists of color."