Yakima, WASH--The Pride Foundation is reaching out to students who show a commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality. The organization awarded $12,500 in scholarships to students across the Columbia basin. Two of the winners are from the Yakima Valley.
Jacob Ooley is an 18-year-old gay white male from Selah, WA. He received the Pride Foundation/Pierce County scholarship. Jacob is a student at Portland State University and is pursuing a degree in Psychology, Business Administration: Advertising. Landscaping and sports are two things he enjoys in his free time.
Allan Fonseca is a 19-year-old gay Latino from Mabton, WA. He received the Pride Foundation/Inland Northwest and Pride Foundation/Columbia Basin scholarships. Allan plans to attendEastern Washington University and study nursing. Academically he has thrived to do his best. When asked what he hopes to accomplish in the future, Allan said he wants to help other queer youth reach their academic goals. "I hope to someday be able to fund LGBTQ organizations so that more opportunities are offered to LGBTQ students. I also hope to be able to encourage LGBTQA scholars to be proud and stand up for their rights, and for peace. He says, "If we continue to fight, maybe someday the closet will cease to exist."