higher education

San Diego Foundation's common scholarship application accesses over 100 programs

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Foundation has made its Common Scholarship Application available for local students seeking funds to pay for higher education costs. The one-stop application will provide access to more than 100 scholarships.

SDSU honors LGBT graduates at third annual Lavender Graduation

SAN DIEGO – As the end of the academic year approaches, San Diego State University (SDSU) held its third annual Lavender Graduation Celebration on Tuesday, to honor some of the school’s LGBT and ally graduates.

Nearly 100 people attended the afternoon ceremony, held in a ballroom in the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center, including graduates, their family, friends, and other special guests. Over 30 students participated in the ceremony and received a rainbow “honor cord,” a certificate, and a chance to address the crowd.

LGBT youth to gather May 19 at UCLA for "Queer Youth Empowerment Day"

LOS ANGELES -- LGBT youth are invited to the upcoming "Queer Youth Empowerment Day," taking place Saturday, May 19, at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

The free conference is designed to bring LGBTQ youth of color as well as their teachers, parents and allies together for a unique educational experience at UCLA. Hosted by UCLA’s Project 1, the conference will explore the issues that LGBTQ youth of color face in the 21st century, with the hope of inspiring and empowering them to pursue higher education and become agents of transformative change in their communities.

Applications for PFLAG San Diego's student scholarship program due March 16

SAN DIEGO -- Local students looking for extra money to cover their higher education expenses have until Friday, March 16, to submit applications for the 14th annual PFLAG San Diego LGBTQ Student Scholarship.

Olivia Dorman, chair of PFLAG's scholarship committee, said that her organization granted seven awards last year, ranging from $1,000 tp $2,000, and encouraged all eligible students to apply this year.

Cal Grant applications due March 2

SAN DIEGO -- The deadline to apply for a Cal Grant award for the 2013 school year is March 2, Assemblymember Toni Atkins says.

California students who are seeking grant funding to cover the costs of attending a college, university, or vocational school in the state are encouraged to submit their application for the award by the deadline.

Atkins said that the Cal Grant, offered by the State of California, is one of the best financial aid programs around. Students who apply and qualify for the award can receive up to $12,000 per year that does not have to be re-payed.