Bobcat Pride Scholarship Fund

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Frequently Asked Questions

Academic Achievement Application FAQs

  1. How much will I be awarded if I receive this scholarship?

    A check for $3000 will be made out to the recipient to help cover expenses related to academics for the semester of the award, i.e. books, course supplies, application/transcript fees for graduate school applications, etc.

  2. I am not a member of Lambda of Texas State, Bobcat Equality Alliance (BEA), Bobcat PRIDE at Texas State, or Trans*cend of Texas State, nor am I active within the LGBTQ community at Texas State. Can I still apply for the scholarship?

    Yes!  We encourage students who engage in any type of activism, volunteering, mentoring, or involvement on campus or in the community to apply for the scholarship.  Past recipients have had a diverse array of involvement in their academic, career, and/or community.

    As a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we do not have any affiliations with any student organization at Texas State.

  3. I am not comfortable coming out to any of professors/instructors at the university. Who should I ask to complete my recommendation form?

    That is perfectly okay!  We understand that not everyone feels comfortable disclosing personal information to staff and faculty of the University.  However, to apply for the scholarship, you will need to submit a completed recommendation form by someone whom you do feel comfortable coming out to.  This may be a mentor, advisor, former high school teacher, supervisor, or anyone who can support your application.  We encourage you to reach out to individuals who can speak to your character and/or academic achievement and would be willing to provide you with a strong recommendation.  Additionally, we encourage you to contact our executive board if you would like to be connected to the an informal LGTBQA mentor at Texas State.

     

  4. If I applied for the Academic Achievement Scholarship, but was not awarded, am I eligible to reapply in future semesters?

    Yes.  If you apply and are not selected for the scholarship, we invite you to update and resubmit your application in future semesters.  You may contact the committee for feedback on how to improve your application in the event you were not selected as a recipient. However, in an effort to support as many students as possible, if you are selected as a recipient, you are not eligible to be awarded another Academic Achievement Scholarship while pursuing the same degree.  

     

  5. Is it possible to receive the Academic Achievement Scholarship if I have already been awarded the Leadership Development Scholarship?

    Certainly.  These are two very different scholarships.  You are eligible to apply for the Leadership Development Scholarship opportunity as an Academic Achievement Scholarship recipient.

  6. If I receive the Academic Achievement Scholarship as an undergraduate student and later enroll at Texas State as a graduate student, can I apply again?

    Yes.  If you are awarded as an undergraduate and later attend Texas State University as a graduate student, you may reapply.  In an effort to support as many students as possible, applicants who have never been awarded will be given priority.

     

  7. What if I am a freshman and do not have a GPA because grades are posted after the application deadline?

    In this situation we definitely do not want to penalize you for not having an established Texas State GPA just yet.  You will want to apply and turn in your application by the postmark deadline.  Instead of a transcript that shows the GPA, you can provide a transcript that shows what you are enrolled in for the current and future semester.  When grades post, you can email a copy of your transcript to us.

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Leadership Development Application FAQs

  1. I'm an Ally, can I apply?

    Yes, we welcome applications from allies who are interested in social justice leadership inclusive of the LGBTQ community! We recognize the power of your leadership and activism.

  2. How much will I be awarded if I receive the Leadership Development scholarship?

    This is a full-ride scholarship.  We will work with you to make your travel arrangements.  We will provide the airfare and ground transportation to the university hosting Camp Pride. Additionally, we pay Camp Pride for the recipient’s registration for the conference which includes materials, lodging and meals. All expenses will be paid directly to the appropriate vendors.  This scholarship is currently valued at $1200.

  3. I am not a member of Lambda of Texas State, Bobcat Equality Alliance (BEA), Bobcat PRIDE at Texas State, or Trans*cend of Texas State, nor am I active within the LGBTQ community at Texas State. Can I still apply for the scholarship?

    Yes! We encourage students who engage in any type of activism, volunteering, mentoring, or involvement on campus or in the community to apply for the scholarship. Past recipients have had a diverse array of involvement in their academic, career, and/or community. 

    As a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we do not have any affiliations with any student organization at Texas State.

  4. I am not sure if I am qualified for this scholarship because I have not held any leadership positions. Can I still apply?

    Yes.  The Camp Pride conference is a perfect opportunity to foster your leadership development and personal growth. You will be able to interact with students from across the country. If you are going into a career path with hopes of becoming a leader or want to become involved in leadership opportunities during college, this conference will help you develop useful skills.  If you are passionate about LGBTQA issues and equality, this conference will provide you with information and innovate approaches to educating and involving others.  If you are a graduate student, we will work with the Camp Pride staff to integrate Advisor "Bootcamp" workshops into your schedule.  Regardless of your leadership experience, Camp Pride will be a rewarding and life changing experience!

  5. I am not comfortable coming out to any of professors/instructors at the university. Who should I ask to complete my recommendation form?

    That is perfectly okay!  We understand that not everyone feels comfortable disclosing personal information to staff and faculty of the University.  However, to apply for the scholarship, you will need to submit a completed recommendation form by someone whom you do feel comfortable coming out to.  This may be a mentor, advisor, former high school teacher, supervisor, or anyone who can support your application.  We encourage you to reach out to individuals who can speak to your character and/or academic achievement and would be willing to provide you with a strong recommendation.  Also, the Leadership Development Scholarship is open to Ally student leaders who demonstrate a commitment to LGBTQA activism.  We encourage you to contact our Executive Board if you would like to be connected to the an informal LGTBQA mentor at Texas State.

     

  6. The Leadership Development agreement states the recipient is expected to participate in a "Discussion of ideas" after attending Camp Pride. What does this entail?

    Once you return from the conference, the BPSF executive board will work with you to schedule a time early in the fall semester to discuss the exciting things you learned at Camp Pride.  BPSF supporters and members from the local LGBTQIA community will be invited to attend so we can build on what you learned and discuss how the LGBTQA hill country community can use new innovations to become more inclusive.  The structure of the discussion is informal and conversational.  

     

  7. Is it possible to receive the Leadership Development Scholarship if I have already been awarded the Academic Achievement Scholarship?

    Certainly.  These are two very different scholarships.  You are eligible to apply for the Leadership Development Scholarship opportunity as an Academic Achievement Scholarship recipient.

  8. What have past Leadership Development recipients said about their Camp Pride experience?

    The recipients have shared how powerful the experience was both personally and related to their leadership skills.  They have provided outreach to the organizations they are involved with to deepen their understanding of the diversity of the LGBTQ community and ways to improve inclusion.  Listen to Vicki and Liz's testimonial videos.

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BPSF Team FAQs

  1. What kind of time commitment does being on the team require?

    We want your experience on the BPSF board to be enjoyable and rewarding.  We attempt to keep our meeting times on schedule and productive.  And much of the work is done at your own pace outside of meetings.

    Directors will attend an hour long monthly meeting.

    Directors who oversee a Chair position, the Chair and committee members will set their own meeting schedule.  The committee will typically meet for an hour monthly.  If a large event is approaching, they may choose to meet semi-monthly.

    Directors and Chairs overseeing an intern will need to have weekly communication with the intern in order to ensure clear communication and timely progress towards deadlines.

  2. I live in Austin or San Antonio. Can I be on the BPSF team?

    Yes.  While some events and fundraiser will require you to drive into the San Marcos area, it is not required that you attend all meetings in-person.  BPSF is set up for members to "telecommute" via Google Hangout or by calling into the meeting.  While it is important to get to know other team members through in-person interactions, this meeting style also allows flexibility and reduces commute times.

    Meetings can also be scheduled between Austin and New Braunfels depending on the geographic composition of the committee members.  

  3. Why have others joined the BPSF team?

    As a founding member, I find being a team member gratifying.  It warms my heart to hear how much the support of BPSF means to scholarship recipients because of the trials they have faced for having minority sexuality or gender identites. I feel blessed for the opportunity to build mentoring relationship with scholars and proud of how many students we have supported in just a few years.  I have also build a sense of community in the Hill Country LGBTQ and Ally community.  BPSF has enriched my life on many levels.

    -Heather Aidala, Executive Director


    I chose to become involved with BPSF because I believe all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, should be supported in their pursuit of higher education. In addition to financial support, BPSF represents a greater acceptance and celebration of our LGBTQA students and local community. Volunteering with BPSF allowed me to follow my convictions by developing scholarships and programs that benefit our students and community.

    - Claudia L. Trevino, founding member and former Donor Relations Chair (2010-2014)


    I wanted to stay involved with the GLBT community at Texas State. I graduated from Texas State and was really involved as a student. Now, I can be involved helping current students as an alumna. It's an honor to be able to help Texas State GLBT Bobcats be successful though the Bobcat Pride Scholarship Fund.

    -Maria Wasley, Internal Communication Director


    Serving on the BPSF executive board has given me the direct opportunity to support and mentor the LGBTQ students at Texas State. It is a true honor to work with other professionals who are so driven by their passion for social justice and philanthropy. With what we've been able to accomplish in the last 4 years, I know that the addition of other talented members to our team will only allow us to give that much more back to the students.

    - Jenni Ward, Founding Member and Financial Director

  4. How often are events held?

    We host a few events each fall and spring semester.  Depending on your role on the team or a specific committee, you do not have to attend every event.  Committee members will have a say in scheduling events and letting the group know if they can attend or not.  If your committee is responsible for the event, we hope you will be able to attend but understand if you have a conflicting obligation. 

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