Pajaro Valley Pride extends scholarship deadline

Members of Pajaro Valley Pride marched in the Santa Cruz Pride Parade in 2018. The non-profit organization is currently looking for applicants for its college scholarship program. — Johanna Miller/Register-Pajaronian file



WATSONVILLE — Pajaro Valley Pride, the non-profit organization which aims to support the local LGBT+ community, is hard at work preparing to select its 2019 scholarship winner.

Last week, the organization announced it would extend the deadline to apply for The Pajaro Valley Pride Scholarship to May 27. Application is open to any high school senior identifying as LGBT+ (or an ally) who is enrolled in a Pajaro Valley Unified School District.

“We want to give as many people as possible the chance to apply,” explained PV Pride’s Marketing Coordinator Danielle Elizalde. “The money raised should go to deserving students, and we know there are a lot of them in this community.”

Applicants must be enrolled as full-time students in any college in the Fall of 2019 and have a current GPA of 2.5 or higher. PV Pride asks for each applicant to include a letter of recommendation and high school transcripts along with their application.

“PV Pride values education,” Elizalde stated. “There are young people here who will be the first in their family to go to college. We want to do what we can to support them.”

A benefit concert to raise money for the scholarship is set for May 31. “Girls Rock: A Celebration of Equality” will feature award-winning singer-songwriter Christie McCarthy and her band The Wielders at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz.

McCarthy, a Santa Cruz native, has gained a sizable following in recent years. Tracks from her newest album, “Big Picture,” have been in rotation on a number of public radio stations across the nation.

According to Elizalde, McCarthy approached PV Pride last year after learning about the scholarship, and asked how she could help. “Girls Rock” has been in the works ever since.

“I think it’ll be really fun to do something a bit different like this,” Elizalde said. “We’re really grateful to Christie for her help.”

“Girls Rock” will also include a silent auction and spoken word poetry from Maria Cherem, starting at 7 p.m. at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St. in Santa Cruz. The concert kicks off at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $40 for VIP. To order visit

“None of what we do would be possible without this community,” Elizalde said. “We hope it continues to stand up and show its support.”

For information and to apply for the Pajaro Valley Pride Scholarship visit


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