Bobcat Pride Scholarship Fund

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Congratulations to Danni Lopez-Rogina, Bobcat Pride Scholarship Fund's Academic Achievement Scholar for Fall 2016! Because of Danni's LGBTQIA advocacy and her academic success, she has received $3,000 to help offset the costs of the semester. Danni is working on her masters in sociology and is a tutor and graduate assistant at PACE and the Texas State Writing Center. Congrats, Danni!
Congratulations to our Leadership Development scholar, Ryan Kessinger!  Ryan is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Applied Sociology and a minor in Psychology.  Outside of the classroom, Ryan is member of Texas State’s Advocats Coordinating Board, LGBTQIA Advisory Board, and is the president of Transcend at Texas State.  This award provided Ryan the opportunity to attend Camp Pride in Charlotte, North Carolina!  Stay tuned for a recap of his experience!

Academic Achievement Scholar Spring 2016

Congratulations to Madi Tabersmith! Madi is our spring 2016 Academic Achievement Scholar recipient! Madi is pursuing a Master of Arts in Sociology and works as a graduate instructional assistant within the department. In addition to her academic responsibilities, Madi also serves as a certified volunteer advocate with Hays-Caldwell Women's Center in San Marcos. We are proud to provide this stand-up student with $2500 to help with educational expenses.

Academic Achievement Scholar 2015

Congratulations to our fall 2015 Academic Achievement Scholar, Andrew McNair! Andrew is a senior in the College of Fine Arts and Communication where he is pursuing a bachelor of music in music studies. In addition to his involvement in the School of Music, Andrew is also involved with the Honors College and just returned from Luzerne Music Center in New York where he worked over the summer as a Voice Counselor. As a result of our continued growth and donor support, we were able to award him $2500 to apply to educational expenses this semester. Way to go, Andrew! We are proud of you!

Leadership Development Scholar 2015

Congratulations to Britt Tovar! Britt is our newest leadership development scholarship recipient! In July 2015, Britt Tovar headed to Camp Pride,  the national LGBTQ  leadership camp, at the University of North Carolina! She shared all that she learned at Camp Pride at our annual Discussion of Ideas in September.

Academic Achievement Scholarship Spring 2015

April Hudson is our spring 2015 Academic Achievement scholar!

Thanks to our incredible donors, we were able to provide her with $2,000 to help offset educational expenses this spring. April is pursuing her M.A. in Sociology and will be graduating from Texas State in May. For the past several years, April has been conducting sociological research regarding the GLBTQIA community. She also serves as a statistics tutor, graduate assistant, and mentor. We are happy to have her as our recipient! Way to go, April!

Academic Achievement Scholarship Fall 2014

Fillippa is our fall 2014 Academic Achievement Scholarship recipient! Fillippa is not only an outstanding student but also a dedicated activist and advocate. On campus Fillippa has been involved with Bobcat Equality Alliance, Feminist United, Texas State Women's Rugby Club, Bobcat Build, and Lambda of Texas State. Fillippa plans on attending Medical School after graduating from Texas State to pursue a career as a surgeon. Fillippa aspires to promote trans-safe spaces in hospitals and assist  young individuals struggling with their identities to find a safe space to realize themselves. We are excited and honored to have such a dedicated and motivated student receive this scholarship.

Leadership Development Summer 2014

Kami Rutherford

Kami was awarded with our Leadership Scholarship. Ze just received hir bachelor's degree and is beginning hir master's degree in applied sociology. Ze is an outstanding leader and brought many valuable resources back with hir from hir time at Camp Pride in Nashville, TN. On September 17th, 2014, ze discussed with us all of the amazing things ze learned from the mentor track at our annual Discussion of Ideas.

Academic Achievement Scholarship Recipients Spring 2014

We awarded two Bobcats with $1500 each to support their academic endeavors.  Listen to both recipients share what it means to them to be recipients.

Kami Rutherford

Kami is a senior majoring in sociology and minoring in women's studies.  Ze anticipates graduating this summer.  Kami is an outstanding student with many praises from professors and plans to pursue a graduate degree in sociology.





 Brianna Penney

Brianna is a junior majoring in communication design. She is an active student leader, both on campus in student organizations and within residence life as a resident assistant. 







Academic Achievement Scholarship Recipients Fall 2014

We awarded two Bobcats $1500 each to support their academic goals. 

Christian Duran

Christian Duran was a junior majoring in business economics and minoring in international business when he was awarded.  He had a 3.7 GPA and had been “paying forward” the inclusion he experienced at Texas State through leadership roles such as, chairman of the Texas State Associated Student Government (ASG) Freshman Council, ASG Senator, Orientation Leader, and PACE Peer Mentor.

Vicki Bates

Vicki Bates is a Texas State Master of Arts in Physical Education alumnus, and when awarded was in the final year of her Master’s in Professional Counseling.  She was maintaining a 3.91 GPA, had made Dean’s list for 6 semesters and was in Chi Sigma Iota (Counseling Honor Society).  She shared, “Texas State University has given me the freedom and impetus to be able to stand up for myself… and those others who cannot”.  She had found ways to, “stand up for the issues that kept me trembling in fear for so many years” through her program and involvement in Counselors for Social Justice. 

Leadership Development Summer 2013

Vicki Bates
Vicki Bates was awarded the second Leadership Development Scholarship. Vicki attended Camp Pride at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.  With Camp Pride staff, we tailored the experience so Vicki could integrate Advisor "bootcamp" workshops based on her years as a teacher.  Vicki shared the depth and breath of what she learned during a social justice focused conversation at the Discussion of Ideas in the fall semester.  At the time Vickie was pursuing a Masters in Professional Counseling and was involved in Texas State Counselors for Social Justice student organization.  Listen to Vicki speak about her experience in her testimonial.  

Academic Achievement Spring 2013

We awarded two Bobcats with $1000 each to assist with their educational goals.  

Sarita Espinosa 

At the time, Sarita Espinosa was a sophomore working towards a Psychology major and Sociology minor. Sarita has been active in educating the Texas State community about lesser known sexual and gender identities and is an active member of student organizations.    

Corey Kwoka 

Corey Kwoka, a Texas State Bachelor of Fine Arts alumnus, was pursuing his Master’s in Theater with a concentration in History and Criticism.  During the same semester Corey produced a dynamic reading of Dustin Lance Black's play "8" to Texas State University.  He completed his degree in August 2013.  

Academic Achievement Fall 2012

Tyler Dukes 

Tyler Dukes was awarded $1000 as the academic achievement scholarship recipient. At the time Tyler was a Texas State junior was pursuing an English major and Sociology minor.







Leadership Development Summer 2012

Liz Cruz 

Elizabeth "Liz" Cruz was selected as the first recipient of the Leadership Development Award.  Liz attended Camp Pride at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she joined other LGBTQA student leaders from around the nation. As the representative for Texas State, she returned with innovative skills and ideas that she shared with BPSF supporters during the Discussion of Ideasat the beginning of the fall semester.  She also presented LGBTQ affirming information at Lambda meetings.  At the time Liz was a Texas State sophomore majoring in Communication Design and minoring in Psychology.  Listen to Liz speak about her experience in her testimonial.



Academic Achievement Spring 2012

Shantel Swierc

Shantel Swierc was awarded $500 as the academic achievement scholarship recipient.  At the time Shantel was a Texas State junior majoring in Animal Science/Pre-Veterinary Science.  Her passion about animals and their well-being is noticeable as she talks about her volunteer rescue activism and job. Shantel graduated in December 2013.


Academic Achievement Fall 2011

Shaun Bryan Ford 

Shaun Bryan Ford was awarded $500 as the academic achievement scholarship recipient.  At the time Shaun was a Texas State junior majoring in Applied Sociology.  He was also pursuing a double minor in English and Honors Studies.





Academic Achievement Spring 2011

Bobcat Pride Scholarship Fund™ awarded the first academic achievement stipends.  Each recipient was awarded $200 towards their educational costs.

Derek Mergele 

Derek Mergele, a senior at the time, was majoring in Public Administration/ Urban and Regional Planning.  Derek made the Dean's List every semester he attended Texas State and graduated in December 2011.  Derek is already giving back to the scholarship and created the "Birthday Wish" fundraising initiative.  Derek is currently pursuing his Juris Doctor (J.D.) in law at Texas Tech.



Joseph Flores

Joseph Flores, a junior at the time, was majoring in Political Science and Geography.  He completed his bachelor's degree in May 2013.  Joseph is currently pursuing his Juris Doctor (J.D.) in law school at South Texas College of Law in Houston.