The Pasadena PFLAG Higher Education Awards will be given every spring that the Executive Committee determines that funds from the preceding fiscal year are sufficient. Monthly meeting donations (from â€œpassing the bucketâ€) also go for this express purpose. Scholars must apply by May 1 to receive the award, which will be presented at the June meeting. The Scholarship Committee will not ask for family need and financial statements; in giving the award, we recognize the studentâ€™s involvement in PFLAG and in the wider LGBT community, and the value that PFLAG places on higher education.
Applicants must be current members of Pasadena PFLAG, at the $25 student level, or as part of a family membership. Applicants must have attended one or more meetings of our youth group or a regular meeting. The application is an essay containing the applicantâ€™s contact information, educational goals, and what he/she plans to do with the money. Activism within our local PFLAG organization or in the greater community is a desirable aspect of our applicant profile. We hope that by investing this money in their education, scholars will find ways to give back to the greater LGBT community. Reapplications are welcome, but prior recipients are not guaranteed a further award. Students should submit their applications via email to PFLAG President Patti Loitz: firstname.lastname@example.org The Awards Committee will designate the awards and notify the applicants by May 25, 2012.
The number of awards varies from year to year. In past years, awards have ranged from $250 to $1000. In 2012, two named awards were established.
The Tevis Marie Anderson Leadership Award is given to the youth group member who, in the eyes of the Awards Committee, best reflects the values and accomplishments of Tevis Marie Anderson, the niece of Horace Williams, a longtime member of Pasadena PFLAG. Tevis passed away in 2012. She was a natural leader who engendered cooperation and support from those she led, on the basketball court in high school and throughout her working life in social media. Tevis overcame many obstacles. She was stricken with Guillen-Barre Syndrome, which left her paralyzed for several months, but made a complete recovery. Despite the opposition of her family, Tevis married the love of her life, LeKeitha Mims, and together they raised two sons and a daughter. After many difficult years of estrangement from Tevisâ€™s family of origin, Tevis and LeKeitha finally enjoyed the complete acceptance of their loveâ€”living proof that the PFLAG values of forgiveness and tolerance can transform our lives. A few days before her death, Tevis wrote words of love and encouragement which we hope will inspire the recipient of the Tevis Marie Anderson Leadership Award: â€œDo not regret putting off until tomorrow what you could have done today. Death has proved to us that tomorrow is one day too late. If no one else tells you today, you are loved!â€
The Mel Trickey Social Justice Award is given to the student who, in the eyes of the Award Committee, embodies Melâ€™s ardent belief in social justice. Mel Trickey, a longtime member of Pasadena PFLAG, passed away in 2012. Mel was a family man, with three sons and a daughter. When, as adults, both his daughter and a son came out, Mel joined PFLAG and became one of its staunchest supporters. A lifelong member of the AFSCME union, Mel served as a probation officer in East Los Angeles for thirty years. Characterized as â€œthe most non-judgmental person in the worldâ€ by his partner Athleen Novak, Mel stood up for what he believed but with immense tolerance and love for everyone, regardless of their beliefs. Two characteristic sayings of Melâ€™s can serve to inspire the recipient of the Mel Trickey Social Justice Award. “I may not understand why you are the way you are, but I will fight to the death for your right to be who you are”. Mel would come to PFLAG meetings and frequently interject â€œItâ€™s all about love. You just have to love people.â€ Heads would nod, and everyone would agree with Mel, who radiated that love and acceptance.
A sub-group of the Executive Committee, called The Award Committee, will review the applications. Members of the Executive Committee whose children are applying will recuse themselves. We ask that the award recipients let us know how they spent the money, and to stay in touch with us periodically during the award year. Award recipients are requested to attend the June meeting so a presentation may be made by the Executive Committee.
Should a recipient not be able to attend the institution submitted with their application, and the Executive Committee determines that their plans no longer meet the award criteria, PFLAG Pasadena will require the scholar to return the funds, to be held for them for one year from this determination. Students are encouraged to stay in touch with PFLAG Pasadena when this situation occurs so we may continue to support them. Scholars who need additional funds during the course of their yearâ€™s award may apply to the Committee for further funds. An updated application and statement about the use of the additional request is required.
Members of the Award Committee 2013: Patti Loitz, Bill Loitz, Betsy Hanger, Evelyn Torres-Rangel, Domingo Torres-Rangel, Adam La Rue, Mary Manzo.