For the second straight season, Sacramento Republic FC – in partnership with the Sacramento LGBT Center, awarded a $1,000 scholarship to a local LGBTQ+ leader in the community that is headed off to college this coming fall.
And this year, even with the regular season hiatus and suspension of play, the Indomitable Club was not going to let the COVID-19 pandemic deny a college-bound high school graduate that’s selflessly done for much for the community an opportunity for well-deserved educational assistance.
During halftime of Saturday’s episode of Republic Rewind – a replay of the 2019 Pride Night that saw the boys in Old Glory Red storm by Tulsa Roughnecks FC, 6-0 – the club announced live during the broadcast that Mercedes Torres was the 2020 Pride Scholarship winner.
Torres attended Luther Burbank High School where she was the President of the Gender and Sexuality Acceptance Club for three years. This fall, Mercedes will be heading to the University of Pacific to study Psychology – as she’s interested in the human mind and how she can become a mental health advocate.
“I want to be able to empathize, better understand, and I think studying Psychology will help me do just that,” Torres mentioned when applying for the scholarship. “University of Pacific is the college for me. The small class sizes, nice campus, and welcoming staff make me feel comforted, safe.”
The scholarship is designed to provide free resources for an incoming college freshman who exhibits immense leadership skills in the LGBTQ+ community. Candidates must be an incoming college freshman, beginning studies this fall, and maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.
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