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Scholarship Fund

To benefit deserving students by granting scholarships to individuals enrolled in an accredited program and to enhance self-esteem; to recognize and foster diversity; and to reward and support sensitivity to human rights.

To promote positive role models for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals in the academic environment and community at large.

The RBPA Scholarship Fund, Inc. was established in 1997. It was originally funded by a donation from Carolyn Jalbert in memory of her partner, Donna Tennant, one of the founding members of RBPA. Today we fund the annual scholarships from generous donations made by RBPA members, sponsorships, contributors in the community throughout the year, and through our annual RBPA Auction each December.

From the first award of $500 in 1998, the Scholarship Fund has grown steadily. In 2005 the RBPA Scholarship Fund established an endowment fund, with an initial investment of $10,000 and in 2007, we were able to increase the endowment fund by another $10,000. We are proud to have arrived at this goal, because it will enable scholarships to be awarded to worthy students for years to come. It is a tribute to the support we receive from the LGBT community and from our membership.

Applications are currently being accepted. Please use our online application system to submit your application, if additional information is needed you will be contacted by a member of the Scholarship Committee. The annual scholarship application deadline is March 20. The scholarship awards ceremony is held each year in May.

Recipients are selected by the Scholarship Committee which reviews the essay applications and selects two recipients. 

For more information about the RBPA Scholarship Fund, Inc., or to make a contribution, please call RBPA at (207) 775-0077 or write to RBPA Scholarship Fund, Inc., PO Box 11148, Portland, ME 04104.

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