About the Ramblers Scholarship

Established in 2016, the Ramblers Scholarship supports student athletes pursuing an undergraduate education who self-identify publicly as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or intersex (LGBTQI), or as demonstrated and committed straight allies. Awardees will receive a one-time scholarship, paid directly to their school to cover tuition fees. Up to two scholarships of $2,500 each will be awarded publicly each summer. The application process is open annually from January 1 – June 1.

The application process entails:

  • Completed application form

  • Five (5) brief essays

  • Two (2) letters of recommendation

  • List of relevant honors and extracurricular activities

  • Copy of official transcripts

An eligible applicant is:

  • An athlete (all sports and athletic activities qualify);

  • An open and self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or intersex person; or a demonstrated and committed ally;

  • A graduating high school student who plans to attend a recognized undergraduate college or university in the United States OR is an already matriculated US undergraduate college student; and

  • Between the age of 15- and 21-years-old (depending on age at time of high school graduation)

The ideal scholarship candidate will:

  • Have a clearly described need for financial support;

  • Be significantly impacted by this scholarship;

  • Be able to articulate their personal and professional goals;

  • Be involved in extracurricular activities with demonstrated passion and commitment;

  • Show leadership in academics, extracurriculars, and/or athletics

  • Have a reasonable probability of completing their degree

  • Demonstrate an interest in community service, involvement, or volunteerism

We’re proud to expand the Ramblers family to include student athletes pursuing higher education who are committed to serving the LGBTQI community. We hope that this financial support will positively reinforce their pride in our community and assist them as they follow their educational and career ambitions.

Help us share this opportunity with qualified young people and with the individuals and organizations working with them. We aim to grow the Ramblers Scholarship Fund to support more and more young people each year. If you would like to make a donation, please use the button below. For more information on the scholarship, contact Community Liaison Evan Phalon at committee@nyramblers.com.

*** Applications: January 1 – June 1 ***

2018 Ramblers Scholars

Having wrapped up an incredible third year, we’re proud to announce that the winner of the 2018 Ramblers Scholarship is – Michaela R! With the record number of quality applications this year, we also awarded smaller scholarships to both Leeann P. and Darren S.

Michaela R, a sophomore at Boston University, hails from South Carolina. As a marine science major who plans to study abroad in Belize, Michaela was named a member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll in 2018. Despite being new on campus, Michaela created a TED-style talk sharing the struggles of her personal coming out story and relationship with her parents, and is the co-adviser of BU's Athlete Ally Chapter through which she has helped organize local Pride nights. Before arriving in Boston, Michaela was a four-year letterwinner in swimming, was twice named all-region and was a member of the National Honor Society. But since Michaela came out to her parents as lesbian, she’s been forced to come up with tuition payments on her own. Instead of giving in, she's decided to overload her courses so she can finish school early and pursue her dream. This is no easy task, especially while balancing the responsibilities of an exceptional student athlete who's combined her love of school and sport to one day become a research diver. For these reasons, we're proud to call Michaela the 2018 Ramblers Scholar.

Leeann P. is a two-year letterwinner for the Washington and Lee Generals women's soccer team. Identifying as bisexual, Leeann is a published writer on LGBTQI+allied issues and created a compelling Instagram account that addresses mental health in collegiate athletes through poetry. In addition, she is a member of the Generals Unity Club for Diversity, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Student-Athlete Honor Roll and All-Academic Team. Off the field, Leeann logged over 400 hours of community service during her high school years in New Jersey while leading her team to consecutive conference championships in 2014 and 2015. The Ramblers Scholarship will assist Leeann in covering tuition expenses.

Darren S. was the first openly transgender member of his high school boys’ water polo team in California, where he also served as valedictorian. He now acts as a mentor to fellow transgender students at Colby College, sharing his perspective as bisexual. Darren is currently working with a film company on a documentary that aims to share the stories of transgender high school athletes, while also serving as a member of his school's Gay-Straight Alliance, Project Triangle and PFLAG chapters. The Ramblers Scholarship will allow him to work fewer hours and shift his attention to his studies and continued mentorship and activism.

In these times, it is more important than ever to celebrate the strong voices of young LGBTQI and allied leaders in our community, like Michaela, Darren and Leeann, as well as our previous Ramblers Scholars, Alixandi C. and Mizpah A. These bright, young minds continue to push forward in dismantling stereotypes about LGBTQI athletes, furthering the mission of the New York Ramblers Soccer Club.

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