A fundraiser is taking place Saturday night to support a scholarship aimed at LGBTQ+ students attending UOG.
The UOG Endowment Foundation is holding the fundraising event to raise money for the ISA LGBTQ Scholarship.
UOG Endowment Fund Coordinator, Jenei Aguon, tells PNC’s Julianne Hernandez the reason they are raising funds for the scholarship is that ISA, now following Equality Guam, wanted to do something different with the scholarship program and have it available more than just annually.
“They wanted to endow a scholarship which means that a scholarship will basically provide an amount in perpetuity, so it’s going to be forever. In order to do this, they need to be able to deposit at least $25,000 dollars, where we will be able to invest it so that way, the corpus will continue to grow and every year, they’re going to be able to give a scholarship to a student and the more it grows, the more students we’ll be able to help, like two up to three students, and depending if they can continue getting donations to a scholarship, we’re going to be able to help more students,” Aguon said.
Created back in 2016 by Lasia Casil and James Servino, Aguon stated that the reason the scholarship is set up specifically for youths who identify as being part of the LGBTQ community is because of the challenges they face in pursuing higher education due to their sexuality.
“Sometimes they don’t have financial support, sometimes they don’t have family support so being able to continue their college career, it’s a burden on them. So we wanted to give them — James and the group and Laisa — they wanted to be able to support the students so that way they will be able to continue and finish their college career and go on to do great things. Like, we have a lot of LGBTQ members in our community who are doing great things like our Lt. Governor, Lasia, there’s just so many people and they wanted to be able to help that,” Aguon said.
The Isa Scholarship Fundraiser will be on Saturday, June 26th from 6 pm to 8 pm at The Venue in Hagatna.
It will be $100 per ticket and will include wine and appetizers. All attendees get in free to the Pride Party afterward. One hundred of the ticket sales will go into the scholarship.
Aguon adds that although registration for their scholarships is currently closed, she is still encouraging students to apply as they will open registrations again in the Fall Semester.
Depending on how much the foundation is able to raise, each scholar-student can be granted between $500 to $1,000 through the Isa LGBTQ Scholarship.
For more information and to apply, check out the UOG Endowment Foundation at give.uog.edu