We are most pleased to announce that

we are awarding seven scholarships this

year, ranging from $1,000-2000 to LGBT

college or college bound students:

Eleventh year: the Mary Wagner Memorial

Scholarship. This was established for

Mary Wagner by her partner, Sharon

Murphy, and friends Marilyn and Art

Carpenter. Mary was an elementary

school teacher.

Tenth year: the John Bessemer

Memorial Scholarship. The memory

of John Bessemer is honored with the

PFLAG-funded master’s scholarshipp. John was a

dedicated PFLAG dad and husband of

past president Linda Bessemer.

Sixth year: the Rob Benzon Memorial

Scholarship. That’s a PhD with scholarship, to be more exact. This is being presented by

the Rob Benzon Foundation in memory

of Rob, who died in a tragic swimming

accident at age 31.

Fourth year: the Stephen G. Bowersox

Memorial Scholarship. Stephen’s

parents chose to honor Stephen with a

scholarship in his memory. Stephen was

a past PFLAG scholarship recipient and

gay rights activist.

Fourth year: The San Diego Human

Dignity Foundation is providing the

scholarship from the John McCusker

Memorial Fund. John was active in thegay community who died suddenly at age

31 of congestive heart failure.

Third year: the Mac McWhorter Memorial

Scholarship. Mac was a PFLAG dad. His

wife, our own Louise McWhorter, honors

his memory with the scholarship.

First year: the San Diego Chapter of

Raytheon GLBTA Scholarship. This will

be awarded to an LGBTA student pursuing

the STEM fi eld (science, technology,

engineering or math).

Congratulations to these wonderful young people!

1.  Pamela Highfill

Mac McWhorter Scholarship:  $1000

Springfield College 

2.  Anthony Gomez

Raytheon STEM Scholarship:  $1000

Eastlake High School

3.  Daniel Tillapaugh

Mary Wagner Memorial Scholarship: $1000

University of San Diego
4.  Kristen Lee Torres

John Bessemer Memorial Scholarship:  $2000

Mount Miguel High School

5.  Elizabeth Nguyen

Rob Benzon Memorial Scholarship:  $2000

University of California, San Diego


6.  Edward J. SanFilippo

John McCusker Memorial Scholarship at the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation: $2000

University of Pittsburgh

7.  Michael Cueva

Stephen G. Bowersox Memorial Scholarship: $2000

Castle Park High School