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Point Foundation Scholarships - Apply by Jan. 19, 2016!

Point FoundationPoint Foundation is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students of merit. Point promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development, and community service training. Since 2001, Point Foundation has awarded 326 scholarships to LGBTQ students at colleges and universities across the country.

The scholarship application for 2016-17 is open from November 1, 2015 to January 19, 2016 on the Point Foundation website. Please visit the Application page to learn more about Point’s application process.

Eligible applicants:

1. Must be enrolled or intending to enroll at an accredited college or university based in the United States in the fall of 2016.
2. Must be enrolled full-time for the full academic year.
3. Must be enrolled in a degree-granting undergraduate or graduate/doctoral program.
4. Must be at least a senior in high school.
5. Must be “out” as a person who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ community.

Rock Girl!

Introducing Anna Maria Garza, Hatch Youth Services Associate
by Ty David Lerman, MA, LPC-S, CHt, The Montrose Center

If you’ve been paying attention to Hatch current events, you’ve probably noticed some changes. We are silly-excited (no really, some of us may have actually done a happy dance) to have Deb Murphy back! While Deb was away, the Hatch Youth Services Associate was doing a yeoman's share of the work, but then her family relocated to Corpus Christi, leaving a great big gap!

The interview process was extensive because we’re really choosy about all volunteers and staff involved with the Hatchlings. With this new position opening up, the youth were allowed to come up with their own interview questions, and some were part of the actual interviews. When we say that Hatch gives a voice to young people, we have to listen! They were vital in helping screen candidates! Both the youth and the agency were in agreement with one candidate who stood out. She’s a rockstar! She’s been part of the community for years, AND she’s even a former Hatchling! Who is this girl…? drum roll

Anna GarzaShe's Anna Maria Garza!!!

Anna’s family moved to the suburbs of Houston when she was in middle school. She describes herself as always being a little bit of a rebel in the non-destructive/non-conforming kind of way. Either from her self-identified “weirdness,”, or some other factor, she didn't have a lot of friends and like many teens, not many “out” peers in middle and high school. In high school art class, she wondered if one of her classmates was like her. She secretly came out to him by showing him the pink triangle she had on her binder. When he recognized the symbold, the two hit it off like Justin Bieber and saggy pants! The dynamic duo eventually caught wind of an LGBT youth group that met once a week (at that time) and found a way to get there.

When Anna talks about her first experience with Hatch, she lights up like the “big kid” she likes to describe herself as. She said Hatch was her salvation.

“To see people like you made everything less weird”, she shared. Her time in the group provided tools to be more confident as Anna. The friendships she made at Hatch have been life-long. She recounted recently attending an out-of-state wedding. “It was like a mini Hatch reunion,” she joked. Her experience and nourishment in Hatch helped pave the way for her future work as an adult.

Anna also is an accomplished musician, playing drums, guitar, bass guitar, and doing vocals. She was part of a short-lived, all-girl band that helped light the passion for helping other young women find their voices – literally and figuratively! In 2010 she launched the Houston chapter of Girls Rock Camp, a non-profit that empowers young women through music. Many of the goals of Girls Rock fall right in line with Hatch's mission.

Her activist fire continues to burn brightly, taking on the fight for reproductive rights, women’s rights, racism and classism. Adding LGBT youth to her list was a no-brainer for Anna when the Youth Services Associate position opened up. For  her it was coming full circle. Anna is excited to give back to the program that was such an influence for her own life.

The Montrose Center is lucky to have scored such a fireball of enthusiasm and positivity! Not to mention, we now have our very own Rock Girl!


The Montrose Center