Transgender Day of Empowerment

Join us in celebrating the rich diversity of San Diego’s transgender community.

This year’s program will be virtual to keep our community safe and will include trans speakers, community awards, and the announcement of the 7th Annual Tracie Jada O’Brien Transgender Student Scholarship recipients!

Date: Friday, April 2, 2021
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM


The Tracie Jada O'Brien Transgender Student Scholarship Fund

We invite you to join us in donating to the Tracie Jada O’Brien Transgender Student Scholarship fund this year. Each scholarship is $500, but a donation of any amount is welcome. As always, 100% of funds raised will go directly to the scholarship awards and your donation is tax deductible.

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Scholarship Details

This scholarship is open to students from or residing in San Diego County that identify as transgender, are living outside of the gender binary and/or are in the process of transitioning their gender. This scholarship fund will grant monetary scholarships every year, as funds permit, to students that will be starting or continuing their education at 2-year College, 4-year College, technical, grad school, or vocational training programs. This year’s scholarships will be awarded at the Transgender Day of Empowerment on Friday, April 2, 2021.

Recipients must complete an application and provide all required information to substantiate eligibility. Failure to provide the required information will render the application ineligible. Applicants may apply for four consecutive years. After the fourth year of funding, awardees will no longer be eligible.

Applications are now closed. 

Award Nominations

Our award nominations are now closed. Please tune in to our Transgender Day of Empowerment live stream on April 2 at 6 PM to see who receives each award.


Tracie Jada O'Brien

Learn more about the founder, Tracie Jada O’Brien.

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Why Do We Focus on Transgender Students?

A national school climate survey by GLSEN showed that found that 75% of transgender youth feel unsafe at school, and those who are able to persevere had significantly lower GPAs, were more likely to miss school and were less likely to plan on continuing their education.

The scholarship fund is one of the first scholarships of its kind focused on transgender student success in San Diego. We believe that strong community support can give our local transgender students the confidence to beat the odds. Our volunteer-led committee has been able to distribute scholarships totaling $48,000 to local transgender students over the past 6 years. We are proud to report that their average GPA was 3.5. Our students are studying law, medicine, social work, psychology, and more. They are attending schools as close as City College and SDSU to as far away as the University of Chicago and Harvard University!

Have questions? Please contact Sarafina Scapicchio, Director of Philanthropy at 619-906-0024 or [email protected]

Thank you for giving these high-achieving students your support!