Londyn De Richelieu has created the Claudette M. Mason Foundation's first annual GIRLS UNITED Scholarship for Transgender Women of Color in honor of her grandmother. Claudette M. Mason was a single mother born during a time when women (single and black especially), or those of the African Diaspora living in the United States were not able to realize the true freedoms of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
She devoted her life to family and encouraging all to not only be better but do better for others. Londyn conceived the Claudette M. Mason Foundation with the mission that Success is Never Crowded, because her grandmother always said "walking isn't crowded" with reference to people always driving everywhere. So walking in her footsteps she plans to help drive our community forward into the future in a sustainable direction. The goal of the scholarship is to provide a financial token of appreciation to transgender women of color who intend to infiltrate spaces that are non traditionally populated ... this will uplift and open the minds of the masses.
The scholarship can be applied to surgery or education and open specifically to TWOC of Washington, Baltimore, New York and Atlanta who seek post-secondary/graduate education in public policy, urban development, public administration, social work, psychology, business, law, political science, applied sciences, technology, hospitality and health.
Qualifications for applying:
1. Live in the United States of America
2. A woman of color living Pre-Op or Post-Op Transgender experience
3. Earned your High School Diploma or equivalency
4. Transcript or Acceptance letter, address provided once expression submitted.
5. Required attendance at our "Building Economic Empowerment and Self Sustaining Communities" Summit in Spring 2018
6. Brief explanation of the individual you are and how you intend to interrupt spaces as a trans person. *Funds paid directly to learning institution or surgeon.* You are required to submit an artistic or literary expression either topic A or B below:
A. The importance of developing inter-sectional alliances among women of color living cisgender or transgender experiences.
B. The importance of developing economic empowerment and self sustaining communities among transgender and cisgender women of color.
All submissions must have a statement that we have permission to use for future promotion of the Claudette M. Mason Foundation. Upon selection of finalist an application will be forwarded for personal details. This helps privacy issues. The number of recipients may grow if additional funding is donated.
*** Deadline September 1, 2017 11:59pm ***
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Currently under application for 501 c 3 tax classification and soon to be fiscal sponsorship there is a limit to the amount of fiduciary activity, but Londyn is personally financing the scholarship with one of her best friends, Chanel proprietor of RCR Consignment of Atlanta. The scholarship will be presented at our fundraiser event Champagne in the Nude™, celebrating the various shades of Women, in Atlanta date TBA. Those interested in the scholarship, donating or assisting the foundation please contact Londyn Smith De Richelieu at firstname.lastname@example.org.