Doctoral Faculty Represent CityU at GSBA Scholarship Dinner

Doctoral Faculty Represent CityU at GSBA Scholarship Dinner

Written by: Dr. Pressley Rankin IV

On May 16th, 2014, Dr. Kurt Kirstein and Dr. Pressley Rankin attended the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) annual Scholarship Dinner.  At the event, more than $300,000 in scholarships was given to 42 students in the presence of 435 guests.  The event was sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers, Carter Subaru, Microsoft, and Seattle Goodwill.

The event included the opportunity to listen to the experiences of 42 diverse scholarship recipients.  The recipients shared heartfelt stories about overcoming the challenges in their lives, continuing their education, and giving back to the community. Many of the scholars could not have gone to college without the support of the GSBA scholarship.  Several international students were able to stay in this country to continue their education because of the scholarship award.


Friday night allowed us the privilege of getting a glimpse into the lives of LGBTQ and allied students: their struggles, challenges, and triumphs.  They are our heroes and our hope for a better future and we are proud to be able to play a small role in helping them on their journey.

The GSBA Scholarship Fund awards educational scholarships to LGBTQ and Allied students who exhibit leadership potential, demonstrate strong academic abilities, and who are actively involved in school and community organizations.  Our scholars represent a diverse group of students who have dreams of making our community and the world a better place; each of them possesses the skills, talents, and dedication to make those dreams a reality.

The GSBA Scholarship Fund was started in 1990 by two teachers who realized there was a huge need to support students who, because of their sexual orientation, were often discriminated against in school, disowned by their families and shunned by their friends.  These were students who had the ability and drive to be successful in college, but who did not have the money or support to go to college.  The GSBA Scholarship Fund was created to help these disenfranchised young people reach their educational goals.  Over the years, the GSBA Scholarship Fund has expanded its reach and its mission and now awards scholarships to LGBTQ and Allied students of any age.


The 2 eligibility requirements to apply for a GSBA Scholarship are:


Our three main selection criteria are:

If you are a student at CityU and are interested in pursuing this scholarship please contact Dr. Pressley Rankin directly to discuss the process.  If you are a CityU doctoral student, there is also a list of grants on the Division of Doctoral Studies Member Welcome page on Campus Cruiser.  Check it out.














Published May 28, 2014



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