Bobcat Pride Scholarship Fund

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December 2nd is #GivingTuesday. In the week following Thanksgiving, Americans will spend millions of dollars in the shopping frenzies around Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday is a day to remind us all that giving means much more than the exchange of material goods.

As part of Giving Tuesday, we are raising money to provide academic scholarships, leadership development scholarships, emergency stabilization funds, and paid internships to these awesome young adults.

Through the board of directors and other supporters, we have $1250 in secured matching donations pledged. We hope that you can donate! Every contribution makes a difference. With your help and support, you can help us to blow past our goal of raising $2500.

Donations are only accepted through December 2 (Giving Tuesday). Donations can be made before then, but the transactions will be processed on the December 2. Click the button below to give a tax-deductible donation as a part of #GivingTuesday!
 
Our Academic Achievement Scholarship application deadline is December 15th! Apply today!

Want to join the Bobcat Pride Scholarship Fund™ team?  We are currently accepting chair positions and committee members!  Click here for more information!

Please take a moment to fill out our questionnaire about your interest in getting more involved with BPSF. We would love to hear from you!
Our New Initiatives

This fall BPSF unveiled two additional initiatives to support LGBTQ students: 

  • Emergency Stabilization funding is available NOW, providing one-time funding to LGBTQ Texas State students who have experienced an unforeseen financial crises that could negatively impact their ability to stay enrolled at the university  Our goal is to start each fiscal year with $5K set aside for this fund.   

  • For the first time we are offering 3 PAID internships for LGBTQA Texas State students or recent graduates.  We are excited to welcome these talented Bobcats to the leadership team while providing them with work experience and mentoring. 
This growth has increased our fundraising needs to cover all our initiatives to support LGBTQ Bobcats through FY16 including: Academic Achievement Scholarships, Leadership Development Scholarships, Emergency Stabilization funding, and internship stipends. 

Final Stretch for our FY14 Goals

During our Fall Soiree, BPSF Executive Director, Dr. Heather Aidala, shared what is needed to close out our FY14 goals. Each year we set goals to meet our commitment to sustain a balance of funds for the following 2 years.  Please consider how your involvement and support can help us achieve them.

  • Raise $24,000
    • Click here to make a one-time donation or set up a recurring donation that fits your giving needs.  Follow us on Facebook or through our newsletter to learn about upcoming fundraising programs.

  • Increase our donor pool by 20%
    • Introduce your friends, colleagues, and family to BPSF.  Please talk to them about BPSF, forward this newsletter to them, share our Facebook posts, bring them to an upcoming event, or introduce them to a board member.  Word of mouth has been our most successful way of increasing our BPSF community of supporters. 

  • 2 donors host a "Birthday Wish"
    • Celebrate your next big event by asking those close to you to contribute to BPSF in your honor.  BPSF works with you to create a personalized celebration for you.  Learn more here.

  • 10 current donors move into the Spirit Level ($351+) of giving or higher
    • Connect with our Financial Director, Jenni Ward, to find out what donation amount would move you up in the Rainbow Giving Levels or Legacy Circle.  Details about these levels and the benefits are listed on the website.  Email Jenni today.

  • Reach a new attendance record of 500 people at Drag Out Funny 2015
    • Mark your calendar now for Sunday, February 8th!  Bring your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, dog-walkers, and mail carriers to our biggest community event!  Stay up-to-date as it unfolds by following the Drag Out Funny Facebook page.

Our FY14 ends February 28th, 2015 and we are counting on YOU to be a part of BPSF's success!
Congratulations Fillippa! 

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.

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