Scholarship Application

Pink Ink 2015

The QF's Tenth Annual High School Seniors English Essay Contest

Application Deadline: February 14, 2015

Instructions for Completing Your Scholarship Application
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To promote effective writing by, about, and/or for queer youth, Queer Foundation offers to the winners of the tenth annual high school seniors English essay contest $1,000 scholarships to attend the U.S. college or university of their choice in the 2015–16 academic year to study queer theory or related fields. Examples of related fields are queer medical, legal, or social issues.


The theme of the contest is pink ink ("We write not only about different things; we also write differently"—Brecht).

The following approaches are suggestions only.

  1. We're Here and We're Queer: Interviews with Queer Teenagers and Their Friends

  2. Living Healthy Lives as Queer Teenagers

  3. Queer Youth around the World

  4. Getting Smart: Education Issues of Queer Teenagers

Contest Rules


The contest is open only to students who have not yet graduated from high school. You must affirm that you are not a high school graduate (as of the date you submit your essay).

In addition you must affirm that the essay you submit has not been submitted elsewhere—e.g., for a class or another contest, or as part of a college application.

All entries become the property of Queer Foundation. Winners must agree to the use by Queer Foundation of their names, images, and biographical information in promotional efforts related to the Queer Foundation Effective Writing and Scholarships Program.

Evaluation Criteria

There is no specified length for your essay. Be creative. Links to essays from previous years' contests are online at

Judges will award points based on

HINT: Use spellcheck. If your essay contains numerous spelling errors, it cannot win.

How Are Queer Scholars Selected?

Successful gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals and their friends volunteering their time identify and coach talented and academically gifted queer youth in writing an essay dealing with the announced theme. Their friends can also submit essays. A panel of judges will evaluate the essays. Authors of winning essays will, upon passing an interview and reference check, be awarded $1,000 scholarships to the U.S. college or university of their choice.

What Support Do Queer Scholars Receive and What Is Expected of Them?

Queer Scholars receive, as needed, mentoring, academic advising, and tutoring to enable them to succeed in their studies. In return they are expected to (a) maintain a suitable grade point average as determined by the college or university, (b) practice self care, and (c) give back to the community through doing community service, authoring queer studies papers, and/or mentoring high school or other college students. There is, however, no required check-in or report back.


Date of This Application (mm/dd/yyyy)

Your Last Name

Your First Name

Your Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyyy)

St. Address or Box No.


State or Province (abbv.)

Postal or ZIP Code

Country (abbv.)

Email Address

Phone No.

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Your School

School name

City and state or province where located

Your date of expected graduation (mm/dd/yyyy)


By clicking on the "Submit" button below, I acknowledge that my entry, including my English essay, becomes the property of Queer Foundation.

Queer Foundation may use my name, image, and biographical information in promotional efforts related to the Queer Foundation Effective Writing and Scholarships Program.

I subscribe to the non-discrimination policy, found in Article VII of the Queer Foundation Bylaws, prohibiting discrimination based on race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental handicap, veteran status, or marital status.

I understand that, to be considered for a scholarship, I must

  1. email my English essay to on or before February 14, 2015, and
  2. also by February 14 (postmark) either
    • print, sign, and mail, or, if you prefer,
    • sign, scan, and email
a copy of the 2015 Application Cover Page to the address printed on that page.

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I give permission for Queer Foundation representatives to contact the references I have listed above and to identify me as a scholarship applicant in the Queer Foundation Effective Writing and Scholarships Program.

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