SALISBURY, N.C. — Four $1,000 scholarships are being offered by the Salsibury/Rowan Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) for the 2012-12 academic year, The Salisbury Post reported.

Rowan County lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and/or their straight allies are eligible. Applicants may be private, public or home-schooler seniors.

Scholarships are awarded on an annual basis to honor four champions of LGBT equality. They are: the Anne Stanback-Charlotte Kinlock Scholarship; the Founder’s Equality Scholarship (which honors the chapter’s founder Michael Clawson); the Linda Ketner Community Service Scholarship; and the Bob Page-Dale Frederiksen Business Scholarship (which honors Replacements, Ltd. of Greensboro’s founder and CEO and his life partner).

The Autumn Soirée helps to fund the scholarships, along with other supporters. Scholarship Advisory Committee Chair Carol Williams-Swoope shared that students do not have to go to a four-year school to qualify. Community colleges or trade schools are also included in the offering.

Deadline for application is March 14, 2012. Notification will be made by April 14, 2012.

To obtain an application or for more information, call Williams-Swoope at 704-212-2215, email or visit


Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' former associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director.