The Models of Excellence scholarship program began in 1994 as a single award named in memory of Peter Kaufman, the son of Alvin and Irene Kaufman. As time passed, more commemorations were made, and the name was changed to the Models of Excellence Scholarship competition.

Friends of Project 10 Inc. will be awarding $1,000, $2,000 and $3,000 scholarships to senior high school students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, from public, private and parochial schools who have advanced the civil rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population. Graduating students must be going onto higher education.

Eligibility: Applicants are limited to graduating senior high school students residing in these Southern California counties: Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Ventura.

Click here to view the 2019 Scholarship Ceremony photos!
Click here to download our 2019 Program!

Support our Memorial Scholarships
Virginia Uribe Memorial Scholarship Fund
Dr. Virginia Uribe, founded Project 10 and Friends of Project 10 Inc., the nation's first school drop-out prevention programs for LGBTQ students. Project 10 set the model across the nation for creating safe schools for all students, and it established itself as the "launching pad" for organizations such as GLSEN and GSAs.
Catherine Doswell (“Ms. Kittie”) Memorial Scholarship
Catherine Doswell (“Ms. Kittie”) was a loyal and loving friend, volunteer and organizer. She raised money for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment through her AIDS rides, and dedicated herself to helping countless of other people.
Steve Gideon Memorial Scholarship
Steve Gideon, actor, graduated from Harvard University and The Boston Conservatory of Music and made his living in musical theatre. His career included staging and starring in the first authorized gay version of Stephen Sondheim's "Marry Me a Little.” Mr. Gideon believed he was best known in Los Angeles for "Naked Boys."

Friends of Project 10 Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are fully tax-deductible unless otherwise noted. Tax ID # 95-4080446.