MiraCosta College is the first in the United States to endow a scholarship for a student
who identifies with the transgender community.

The endowed Trans* Pride Scholarship contributes to a large number of initiatives that
MiraCosta College has in place to support and affirm sexual minorities. Each year, the
fund will provide a $1,000 scholarship to a student.

“Anyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression is
welcome to attend — or work for — MiraCosta College,” said Gender Sexuality Alliance
Faculty Co-Adviser Steven Deineh.

Fundraising for the Trans* Pride Scholarship began in 2015. Created by a coalition of
faculty, staff, and students concerned with traditional and historic barriers to higher
education for transgender and gender nonconforming students, the scholarship will
award $1,000 each year to a transgender or gender nonconforming student or active
ally to this community.

Faculty, staff, students, members of the MiraCosta College Board of Trustees, and
community supporters gave generously to the scholarship endowment. The Gender
Sexuality Alliance (GSA) student club led a majority of the fundraising efforts with such
events as their 6th Annual Queer Cupcake Party and their 3rd Annual Royal Drag

Deineh stated, “While members of the LGBT community experience marginalization,
this marginalization is experienced most greatly by members of the transgender and
gender nonconforming communities. Scholarships and visible support for members of
this at risk community are critical right now as states like Indiana and North
Carolina and highly visible government officials are disavowing the civil rights of
transgender people under the auspices of religious freedom.”

Full story at MiraCosta.edu; story from KUSI.