Transgender Day of Empowerment

Centering Tomorrow's Leaders, Today!

Transgender Day of Empowerment was an enormous success! 

Together, we awarded those who are making a difference in lives of queer folx, highlighted trans members of the community, and announced our more than 10 scholarship recipients!

You can still donate to the Tracie Jada O’Brien Transgender Student Scholarship fund!

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Scholarship Award Recipients

  • Noah Ahrens
  • Cal Armijo
  • Venice Baccarella
  • Ray Berman-Schneider
  • Apollo Bromma
  • Natalia Daggett
  • Paris DaSilva
  • Danny Dunn
  • Sam Elle
  • Stella Gerson
  • Gray Haak
  • Brianna Kelly
  • Lucia Leon Alvarez
  • Sergio Luna
  • Allison Moya
  • Kasia Posey
  • darryn rousseau hollifield
  • Sebastian Smith
  • Francisco Soto
  • MJ Teater
  • Myshell Thomas
  • Fer Villalbazo Bravo
  • G Yi 
  • Oliver Zirbel

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.


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 Kelcie Kopf, Director of Philanthropy at .

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