Monday, July 4, 2022

Friends School establishes scholarship for LGBT applicants

The Friends School of Wilmington PTO is holding a used shoe drive. (Port City Daily photo/MICHAEL KANE)
An anonymous donor is covering full-tuition to Friends School of Wilmington as part of its Blackbird Fund Scholarship for Belonging. (Port City Daily/File)

WILMINGTON —  A private school rooted in Quaker principles has started a new scholarship that promotes inclusion and diversity.

An anonymous donor is covering full-tuition to Friends School of Wilmington as part of its Blackbird Fund Scholarship for Belonging. The program goes hand in hand with the school’s values of peace, equality, and care for the earth. The scholarship will “provide a progressive independent education and membership in a welcoming school community to a student who identifies as LGBTQIA.”

Applications are open to students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Tuition is covered upon enrollment and for as long as the individual attends the school.

“By providing this scholarship, our generous donor is affirming the school’s stance on gender diversity and paying it forward for LGBTQIA students and families in the years to come,” head of school Brenda Esch said in the release.

Applications are open for the 2022-2023 school year. Questions can be submitted to David Hoolahan: davidh@fsow.org or 910-792-1811 ext 103.


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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