Students Given Scholarships by Lesbian, Gay Support Group

By Day, Kay | The Florida Times Union, August 19, 2006 | Go to article overview

Students Given Scholarships by Lesbian, Gay Support Group


Day, Kay, The Florida Times Union


Byline: KAY DAY

Any 16-year-old high school student would be devastated by the loss of her mother. And if that loss is made sharper by the lack of a strong relationship with a father, that might bring enough misery to knock the average teen off her feet.

But Ruth Bryant, one of nine winners awarded scholarships last week by Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays' Jacksonville chapter, realized she couldn't just sit around in what she called an "immobilized state."

She maintained her stoicism even when her brother was diagnosed with cancer, though she says she almost fell apart.

"It's easy to fall into that pity trap," said the University of North Florida sophomore. "There's a lot to feel sorry for yourself about - but you have to make something from it."

The 24-year-old Riverside resident is a psychology major and also likes to paint. Bryant majored in visual arts at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. For her, painting is not only an art endeavor, it's therapeutic, helping her through difficulty.

"I paint a lot," she said. "That's one of the ways I get out of it."

Bryant, who works at a law office, has lived in Jacksonville since she was 8. She said she's had a lot of support from many people. She was attending Douglas Anderson when her mother died, and appreciated the nurturing given by teachers and staff.

Later on, she recalled, "a couple of people really pushed me. My partner Sarah really pushed me to get back in school. She helped me through all the paperwork."

There was a counselor at UNF, Terry Dinuzzo, who helped her sort through everything, she noted.

At the Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Network, where she served on the board, Bryant says she was helped through many difficult times.

"I'm passionate about the organization," she said.

Bryant plans to work in counseling or ministry when she gets out of college. "UNF has a great master's counseling program."

On Aug. 12, Bryant attended the annual banquet at the Omni Hotel held by PFLAG, which since 1996 has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarship money, said Frieda Saraga, chairwoman of the Scholarship Committee.

Saraga says there's no age limit for applicants. Applications include grades, community service and letters of recommendation. Scholarships are funded by donations.

Full-time students this year will receive $1,000 for the fall semester and $1,000 for the spring semester as long as all grades and paperwork are sent to the committee. Part-time students will receive $500 and an additional $500 for the spring.

Jacksonville's PFLAG chapter, founded in 1996, is one of more than 500 PFLAG chapters nationally. Besides providing a wide range of resources as a support group, it focuses on the scholarships.

In addition to Bryant, the 2006-07 PFLAG scholarship recipients are:

Dane Boog, 20, of Jacksonville Beach, a junior at UNF. He is majoring in international studies. He hopes to join the Peace Corps after graduation and says he's grateful to everyone in the community for being "truly inspiring and wonderful mentors."

Jonathan DeBusk, whose family lives in Riverside. DeBusk lives in New York City, where the 20-year-old is in his second year as a doctoral student in the sociology program at City University of New York Graduate Center. He said the scholarship will help him survive financially.

"It makes me feel proud to know that I have a large extended family in Jacksonville that truly cares about my educational and personal growth," he said. …

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