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PFLAG Sacramento
Follansbee-Hansen Scholarship

Please read this letter carefully to ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements and can agree to the conditions of this award.

Dear Applicant,

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is a national organization of approximately 250,000 families organized in 500 chapters across the United States. It is a family based organization of caring people from all walks of life working together for the benefit of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and intersex (LGBTQI) communities. The Sacramento Chapter of PFLAG is pleased to be able to offer a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating senior or a first year student from the Sacramento area enrolled in a two or four year college. The scholarship is named in honor of The Rev. and Mrs. Merrill Follansbee, chapter founders and proud parents of a gay son.

 In order to be eligible for these funds, you must meet the following requirements:

• Be a graduating high school senior or college freshman
• Self identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning or intersex
• Demonstrate an interest in service to the LGBTQI community
• Have applied to or are presently enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education in pursuit of a Bachelor’s degree (from your current college or through planned transfer from a community college).

You must provide the following documents:

• Completed Scholarship Application Form
• Unofficial copy of your High School transcript showing a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5
• Two letters of recommendation that testify to your LGBTQI status and community involvement.  Please note that family members cannot write a letter of recommendation.
• An essay on the topic “My Vision for the LGBTQI Community”. Essays are to be typed, 12 point with one-inch margins and no more than two pages in length.

Your application (online or otherwise) and supporting materials via e-mail or postal mail to the following address postmarked no later than May 1, 2015:

Follansbee Scholarship
PFLAG Sacramento
PO Box 661855
Sacramento, CA 95866-1855

Applications can also be forwarded by email to  Email applications must also be received on or before May 1, 2015. 

This application contains the Scholarship Reference Information materials. We require two references from someone other than a family member who can attest to your character, accomplishments and/or abilities. Please give the reference information letter and reference form to each person who agrees to write a letter for you. You should also give each reference person a stamped envelope addressed to Follansbee-Hansen Scholarship (address noted on page one) to ensure there is no delay in submitting your reference. Remember, reference form as well as your application must be postmarked by May 1, 2015.

All candidates will be notified of the outcome of their applications by June 1, 2015. The check for the successful applicant will be disbursed in September, 2015. The check will only be issued after PFLAG Sacramento has received proof of college and course enrollment. The scholarship award is provided with the understanding that the funds will be used to offset tuition, room and board or the purchase of required textbooks. The recipient will be required to carry a minimum course load of three fourths of the school's full schedule of courses.

Although all information submitted by candidates will be treated with confidentiality, the scholarship recipient will be asked to sign a release of information that will allow PFLAG Sacramento to publicize the award in local newspapers. However, if there are circumstances that would make it unsafe for the recipient to sign the release of information, this will not have any effect upon the delivery of the scholarship check. No student will be asked to place him or herself in an unsafe situation in order to receive the PFLAG Sacramento Follensbee-Hansen Scholarship.

The scholarship recipient is requested to attend the June PFLAG Sacramento Chapter meeting at 7:00 pm to accept the scholarship in person. However, attendance may be waived under exceptional circumstances. If you have questions about the Follansbee Scholarship, inquiries may be forwarded by e-mail to


PFLAG Sacramento Board of Directors

PFLAG Sacramento Follansbee-Hansen Scholarship Application - 2014