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2014 GLBT “Guy DeRosa” Safety in Schools Grant & Scholarship Program


Awards Program Description

The grant and scholarship program was created to promote human and civil rights by making our public schools safe for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons. 

The program was renamed in 2009 in the memory of CTA member and educator Guy DeRosa. Guy was a life long advocate for civil and human rights, particularly gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues.

The grants will support projects and presentations that promote understanding and respect for GLBT persons and to support GLBT safety in public schools. As you distribute this information to potential applicants, make sure grant applicants are:
  • A CTA/SCTA member, or
  • A public school student(s) sponsored by a CTA/SCTA member, or 
  • A public school district(s) sponsored by a CTA/SCTA member
*Autonomous groups and CTA Caucuses are not eligible

The scholarship program will support CTA/SCTA members enrolled in a teacher/counseling credential or graduate program who are pursuing a career in public education. Awardees are expected to address any experiences and/or your personal philosophy and how it benefits the GLBT public school community. Applicants must be a: 
  • A CTA/SCTA member, or
  • A public school student(s) sponsored by a CTA/SCTA member

*Autonomous groups and CTA Caucuses are not eligible

Award
Grants/scholarships up to $2,000 will be made available annually to awardees.

A. Grant Program

Grant Categories

Programs in Public Schools

1. Students in public schools, community colleges or four-year universities who implement GLBT projects and/or presentations.

2. CTA members who implement a GLBT project/presentation at a public school for students and/or employees.

3. Public school districts that implement a project/presentation which promotes a safe public school environment conducive to learning and teaching for GLBT persons.

4. Special consideration will be given to projects that recognize, promote and celebrate ethnic diversity among GLBT youth.


Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)

 

1. GSA's will be eligible for project activities and/or presentations that promote a safe public school environment for all GLBT persons. (Ex. Plays, guest speakers, field trips, materials/supplies, meetings, movie nights, food, etc.)

2. Seed money to establish a GSA.

3. Special consideration will be given to projects that recognize, promote and celebrate ethnic diversity among GLBT youth.

Grant Criteria

 

⇒ Essays are expected to address as many of the following criteria as possible:

 

  • Increases safety for GLBT students and faculty.
  • Increases involvement of GLBT ethnic minorities.
  • Promotes collaboration with straight allies.
  • Increases awareness and understanding of gender identity.
  • Increases awareness and understanding of the GLBT community.
  • Grant can not be used for individual/group release time.

 

 

B. Scholarship Program

The scholarship program will support the CTA/SCTA members enrolled in a teacher/counseling credential or graduate program who are pursuing a career in public education. Awardees are expected to address any experiences and/or your personal philosophy and how it benefits the GLBT public school community.

Scholarship Criteria

⇒ Proof that you are currently enrolled or that you will be enrolled in a teacher/counseling credential program.

 

⇒ Essays are expected to address as many of the following criteria as possible:

 

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of GLBT role models.
  • Making the environment safe for GLBT students.
  • Your past/intended involvements in making the environment safe for GLBT students.
  • Importance of role models for GLBT ethnic minorities.

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