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.

Deadline: Applications and materials due Saturday, May 11, 2019. (No Exceptions).

*Winners or a representative must be present to receive the award (Sunday, June 30, 2019).

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Support our Memorial Scholarships
Virginia Uribe Memorial Scholarship Fund
"Every young person has a right to a sense of self-respect and dignity. In public education we serve the needs of all our students. Some are gay and lesbian, and we need to serve them, too. We're supposed to be teaching them to live in an increasingly diverse society. This shouldn't be a place where prejudice is fostered. It's where discrimination should be fought."- Dr. Virginia Uribe, Founder, Project 10
Catherine Doswell (“Ms. Kittie”) Memorial Scholarship
Catherine Doswell (“Ms. Kittie”), survived by her partner, TerryLynn Padilla, was known to Friends of Project 10 Inc. through her loyal and loving friendship, and her countless hours of volunteerism for everything from “bartending” at the annual LGBTQ Youth Prom to organizing registration at the annual Models of Pride conference for LGBTQ youth and allies. 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.” "The concept of romantic love is so much a part of gay culture, I thought, why not put two men in it," Gideon told the New York Times in 1999. "I never thought Sondheim would allow us to do it.” The Hollywood Reporter called the production "a thoughtful, touching and charming show that attains all of the complexities of the essential early Sondheim.” 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.