The 49 Fund is accepting applicants for second annual scholarship award

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ABOVE: Barry Miller (L) announces the first set of scholarship recipients at the Orlando City Hall Rotunda June 10, 2017 as City Commissioner Patty Sheehan and Mayor Buddy Dyer look on. Photo by Jake Stevens.

ORLANDO | The 49 Fund announced that they are now accepting applications for its second annual scholarship awards.

The fund will award up to 10 local LGBTQ students with a $4,900 scholarship to help pay for college tuition.

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Orlando Youth Alliance gives $14,000 in scholarships

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The Audubon Park Exchange community room, hidden above East End Market, buzzed with conversations ranging from the political climate of Central Florida to the effectiveness of the lighting in a production of Les Miserables. The students leading those talks wouldn’t be able to study politics or theatre without the help of local LGBT group Orlando Youth Alliance.

OYA serves LGBTQ children and adults between the ages of 13 and 24 in their three Central Florida locations. OYA specifically focuses on offering a community with safe spaces for self-expression. They hosted their reception for their six scholarship winners on Wednesday night.

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Scholarship fund to honor Pulse shooting victims

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – A Florida businessman is raising scholarship money for gay students to honor the 49 patrons killed last June in Orlando’s gay nightclub shooting massacre.

Barry Miller said March 13 that The 49 Fund is to award 10 scholarships annually, each worth $4,900. Students would have to self-identify as “out,” have a GPA of 3.0 and attend an institution of higher learning full time.

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Arizona recruit to be first openly gay scholarship player

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – University of Arizona recruit My-King Johnson is set to become the first active openly gay scholarship player in major-college football history.

“I do feel like when I say that (I’m gay), it can put a target on my back. But whatever,” Johnson told The Arizona Daily Star for a story Feb. 25.

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By setting up a scholarship, Karen Castelloes reached out directly to LGBT Youth in 2014

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Orlando – If Karen Castelloes could describe her year in one word, she said it be “rewarding.”

Castelloes, an exiting board member of Joy MCC and the co-founder of the Jeff Voss Education Fund, has been an active member in the LGBT community, volunteering her time and effort to a variety of organizations and people to help give back.

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Zebra Coalition scholarship helps fund college for LGBT youth

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Orlando – The Zebra Coalition, in partnership with UCF, will start a fund to provide a scholarship opportunities to LGBT youth as they continue their higher education.

The Zebra Coalition LGBTQ Scholarship Foundation will establish a $25,000 fund that would be dispersed to LGBT youth that may have difficulty securing funding for college.

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