The second annual Pride Scholarship is right around the corner and Sacramento Republic FC – in partnership with the Sacramento LGBT Center, is awarding a $1,000 scholarship to a local LGBTQ+ activist in the community that is college-bound this coming fall.
The scholarship is designed to provide free resources for an incoming college freshman who exhibit immense leadership skills in the LGBT+ community. Candidates must be an incoming college freshman, beginning studies this fall, and maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.
All interested candidates should reach out to Assistant Director of Youth Programs – Jesse Archer – at firstname.lastname@example.org before the June 15 deadline. This year’s winner will be announced on Saturday, June 20.
Last year’s scholarship winner was Raven Armour who currently studies Global Studies as a freshman at Sacramento State. Raven is still very active in the community with all ages, but her recent studies have helped steer her towards another passion of hers.
“I really love working with kids and during my first semester I had the opportunity to work with them through my child development class,” the Sac State freshman said.
Whether she becomes a teacher or helps the next generation of youth in another capacity, helping others is simply something that runs in Raven’s family. Both Raven and her mother do a tremendous amount of wonderful work at the Center, where the mother-daughter duo handle resources and prior to COVID-19, were heavily involved in tabling local events.
Clearly the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree, and it was Raven’s mother who helped to encourage her to attend the youth groups and explore the many resources available at the Center.
“It was the perfect place to be me and be my higher self,” Raven said. “We’re always encouraged to strive for better and to do better in the community and I honestly love everyone that works there because they just make me feel at home, it’s like a big family.”
Raven started getting involved at the Center around 2016-2017 and the inspiring Sac State student has since been fortunate to help out in a number of different ways within the community. As much as she loves helping out, it’s meeting new faces that mean just as much.
“I’ve done a lot of table events as well as respite care,” Raven said. “And something I’ve always enjoyed is just meeting all sorts of new people and helping to give out information that we do have a center here in Sacramento and there is a place for people like me where if you know someone who needs a spot, who needs a family, who needs resources, there are places like that here in Sacramento and I just love to give those resources and that outreach to all people of all ages.”
Some of the most powerful resources Raven offers might not necessarily be found in a pamphlet at the Center, rather, the personal time spent with the Sac State student is a treasure in and of itself. As her words of encouragement, inspiration and wisdom to fellow activists and members of the LGBTQ+ community are a pillar of positivity.
“I would just like to say, don’t give up, you got this! I know it’s hard and you face a lot of oppression or discrimination every day and you might not feel like you fit anywhere but there is always a home for you, especially at the Center,” Raven said
“If you’re feeling low, there’s youth groups for all ages. They’re weekly and they keep up with it. They’re consistent and it’s just a great place. Just don’t give up your dreams and if you want to achieve something, you can do it.”
Raven is humble, considerate, generous, and very grateful for the scholarship opportunity she earned last year. As she continues to pave a path of positivity in the local community, she’s thankful for those who have helped her along her journey.
“Thank you so much for considering me for the scholarship last year, I’m so grateful. It has put me in a lot of great places just to say that I’ve received a scholarship for helping out in my community – and being myself, really, honestly.”
Supporters and members of the Republic FC family can relive Pride Night from 2019 - where Raven was honored with the scholarship at halftime - during this week's Republic Rewind slated for Saturday, June 20th at 2:00 p.m. PT.
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