The Bobcat Pride Scholarship Fund is organized exclusively for charitable purposes, more specifically the BPSF Jeremy O. Torres Emergency Stabilization Fund provides monetary support to emerging adults (ages 18 to 25), who have minority sexual and gender identities (LGBTQIA+), residing in the Greater San Marcos area, including all of Hays County.
BPSF recognizes people of all minority sexual and gender identities experience systemic oppression. Therefore, BPSF aspires to empower future societal contributions by helping these individuals address unforeseen financial barriers.
BPSF values all board members, volunteers and applicants as unique individuals and welcomes the variety of experiences they bring to our organization. As such, BPSF does not practice, condone, facilitate, or collaborate with any form of discrimination. It is our intention to be an accessible, affirming, emotionally safe and respectful environment for all members of the BPSF community. We believe everyone should be treated equally and strive to provide quality services that are sensitive to and inclusive of diversity of all kinds including race, ethnicity, national origin, language of choice, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, political belief, religion, immigration status, and mental or physical ability.
Any board member, volunteer or client who believes that they or any other affiliate of BPSF has been discriminated against is strongly encouraged to report this concern promptly to the Executive Director or another board member.
Donor Impact Reports
The Board of Directors publishes our annual report each April at the end of our fiscal year. The fiscal integrity of BPSF has allowed us to support LGBTQIA+ emerging adults in the greater San Marcos area since 2010.
An ally for the LGBTQia+ community, Teresa finds this natural step in her position at BPSF to show her advocacy against the systematic inequalities that are prevalent in this community. She believes that social equity of all kinds acknowledges that inequalities exist, and we must work to eliminate them. Outside of BPSF, Teresa enjoys quiet time with her Siamese cat, Suki. A practitioner of meditation allows her to stay focused; to start each day with intention. She enjoys watching documentaries, reading biographies, making up her own recipes, and solo rides throughout the Texas backcountry. International travel is her one true hobby. She describes herself as a jack of all trades and a master of none. “Sometimes all I need is a good cup of coffee and a Dylan album to make me happy.”
This private fund was founded in 2010 by Texas State alumni and friends as they recognized the progress Texas State had made towards the inclusion of the LGBTQIA+ community yet the lack of resources to support LGBTQIA+ Bobcats. This inspired the group to establish a scholarship fund with two goals: 1) to offer an academic achievement scholarship and 2) to offer a leadership development scholarship to LGBTQIA+ Texas State students. Bobcat Pride Scholarship Fund® was the first ever, private scholarship dedicated exclusively to supporting LGBTQIA+ Bobcats.
The Emergency Stabilization Fund (ESF) was established in 2013 to support LGBTQIA+ Bobcats facing an unexpected financial crisis that could have disrupted their ability to continue in school. Our dear friend Jeremy O. Torres, a faculty member in the Department of Theatre, was part of the fabric of BPSF. When he passed in 2016 the leadership felt strongly that the ESF embodied the love and support Jeremy always offered others and in communication with his mother, Shirley Abernethy, it was agreed we would rename the fund in his honor. Read more about the Legacy of Jeremy.
In September 2018, BPSF's leadership donated all funds to ALLIANCE at Texas State for the first Texas State University scholarship for LGBTQIA+ Texas State Students. The decision to collaborate enabled the LGBTQIA+ Endowed Scholarship to reach the endowment level, guaranteeing scholarship opportunities for Bobcat students indefinitely!
In August of 2019, BPSF was transferred to new leadership in order to revitalize the Jeremy O. Torres Emergency Stabilization Fund. This Board of Directors expanded the mission to provide monetary support to emerging adults (between the ages of 18 to 25), who have minority sexual and gender identities (LGBTQIA+), residing in the greater San Marcos area. This allows the fund to support these individuals in a time of unforeseen crisis with one-time, limited financial support to secure their well-being and/or ability to stay enrolled in school.
Previous Scholarship Opportunities:
- The academic achievement scholarship was a way to celebrate the accomplishment of a LGBTQIA+ Bobcat, recognizing the hard work it takes to maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA. One to two scholarship were granted each semester with the final amount being a $3,000 award.
- The leadership development scholarship was a way to promote social justice learning to develop strong student leaders at Texas State. This scholarship covered the costs of one recipient per summer attending the LGBTQIA+ focused conference, Campus Pride Summer Leadership Camp.
- The Rattler Pride/Bobcat Pride Scholarship provided a yearly $500 scholarship to one San Marcos High School senior who identifies as LGBTQIA+ and who was accepted to Texas State University.
Achievements Since Our Inception:
- Were awarded $5K by the San Marcos Human Services Grant to fund San Marcos LGBTQIA+ residents
- Awarded over 300 Jeremy O. Torres Emergency Stabilization Fund recipients
- Provided over $100K in support to LGBTQIA+ emerging adults over 13+ years
- Up until 2016, funded 55 scholarship and internship opportunities; comprised of over 25 Academic Achievement Scholarships, and 8 Leadership Development Scholarships.
- Created hallmark annual fundraising events such as the donor Soireé and Drag Out Funny
Earned 501(c)(3) status as a federal non-profit organization in 2011