The Transgender Scholarship and Education Legacy Fund for
Transgender Identified Students in the Helping and Caring Professions
Social Services, Health Care, Religious
Instruction, Teaching and the Law
Gender Education (IFGE), awards numerous scholarships to
students in the helping and caring professions through it's
collaborative Transgender Scholarship and Education Legacy Fund
(TSELF) in the United States and Canada. Each scholarship provides
for post-secondary students who have a demonstrated ability in and
to affecting change in the transgender communities through their
to working and being educated in the helping and caring professions.
include, but are not limited to, Social Services, Health Care,
(all denominations), Teaching and the Law. We seek to reflect a broad
of interests, including social services, HIV/AIDS education, law,
and education, religious instruction (all denominations), medical and
care as well as the sciences.
Today we see a whole generation of out and proud transpeople
who have the power to create dramatic change in the world. We want to
honor that power with the support that education focused scholarships
can provide. It's important to acknowledge the achievements of our
communities. Some of the most powerful forces for the transgender
communities are transgender-identified individuals being nurtured and
supported by this community. By providing grants
to transgender students, TSELF recognizes these students' past
achievements and provides much needed support for their future
pursuits. Through these awards, we forge links between professionals
and emerging leaders. In doing so, TSELF helps to facilitate the growth
and advancement of not only these individuals -- but of our communities
as well. TSELF is committed to the concept
that transpeople should be encouraged to help other transpeople. In the
terms, Transpeople helping ourSELVES - TSELF !
For several years IFGE has made scholarship awards from the
Transgender Scholarship and Education Legacy Fund. We especially
encourage students working to combat transphobia and increase positive
awareness of transgender people and families to apply. We also strongly
encourage individuals with demonstrated financial need to apply.
Special consideration will be given to students who
plan to serve, help and care for the transgender communities.
A special component of TSELF is the aspect of visibility. All
awardees must be "Out and Proud," both as members of the
trans-communities, as well as to their non-trans peers within the
educational systems and professions that they are seeking scholarship
assistance for. The Transgender Scholarship and Education Legacy Fund
is seeking trans-individuals, living full-time in
a gender or sex role that differs from the one assigned to them at
birth, who wish to serve as role models for other transgender
identified people. As out trans-people in the helping and caring
professions, these special individuals
will be perceptibly challenging many of the societal prejudices that
encounter within educational and professional institutions.
Academic scholarships are the primary component of TSELF's
program. Each year, after a competitive application process, TSELF
awards scholarships to outstanding transgender undergraduate and
graduate full-time students. To qualify, applicants must: be full or
part-time students at an accredited college, university or institution
in the United States; be "out" as transgender to their academic
communities, demonstrate a commitment or contribution to the
transgender communities; and follow the application guidelines below.
Consideration will include academic performance; honors;
personal/financial hardship; and, especially, service to the
Awards will processed and announced yearly. Applications for
Awards must be postmarked by January 10th. Scholarship awards
be made at the next IFGE convention. Supporting materials should arrive within one week of the January
10th deadline. Applicants will be notified of their award status
following the I.F.G.E. convention. TSELF may consider late applicants
under special circumstances.
The Transgender Scholarship and Education Legacy Fund
(TSELF) is dedicated to enhancing the visibility, strength and vitality
of the transgender communities. TSELF invests in our future by awarding
scholarships to students with leadership potential, and the desire help
build to our community's health, education and culture. TSELF is
building an endowment to ensure permanent financial support for
transgender students. TSELF promotes philanthropy among transgender
identified people and demonstrates the growing power of transgender
The International Foundation for Gender Education
(IFGE), founded in 1987, is a leading advocate and educational
organization for promoting the self-definition and free expression of
individual gender identity. IFGE is not a support group, it is an
information provider and clearinghouse for referrals about all things
which are transgressive of established social gender
norms. IFGE maintains the most complete bookstore on the subject of
available anywhere. It also publishes the leading magazine providing
discussion of issues of gender expression and identity, including
transsexualism, FTM and MTF issues spanning health, family, medical,
workplace issues and more.
- individual uniqueness and dignity;
- personal wholeness;
- respect for human diversity;
- freedom from society's arbitrarily assigned gender
- respect, acceptance, enforcement, and protection of
Human and Civil Rights for all.
IFGE is located at 13 Felton Street in Waltham,
serves as a focal point for the worldwide transgender community, and
all those seeking greater freedom of gender expression. A bookstore and
room are open to the public.
Closest airport is Boston Logan Airport, BOS.
You can Rent a Car in Boston airport.
The International Foundation for Gender
can be contacted at:
IFGE, P.O. Box 540229, Waltham, Ma
Tel: (781) 899-2212, Fax: (781) 899-5703
Notes about the use of the word
transgender in this document:
Transgender is generally considered
an umbrella term encompassing many different identities. It is commonly
used to describe a person who transgresses gender norms or is seen as
gender different. A transgender person may, or may not, live full time
in a sex different from the sex that they were assigned at birth -
sometimes referred to as the "opposite sex". Being seen as transgender
may, or may not, have anything to do with whether that person has had
any sort of "sex reassignment surgery." Individuals who are seen as
gender transgressive or gender different may, or may not, personally
identify themselves as transgender. By using the word "transgender,"
TSELF" is looking for a common language, community and purpose and is
not seeking to label or identify someone as transgender
against their will.
International Foundation for Gender Education
TSELF Awards Committee, P.O. Box 540229, Waltham, Ma 02454-0229
Tel: (781) 899-2212 Fax: (781) 899-5703