We are pleased to announce the winner of our first-ever scholarship (affectionately called the “YOLO” Scholarship): Grace Miller! Grace is an outstanding woman and we’re so happy to support her in her many ambitions.
Grace’s award of $500 was made possible by the generous folks at Plan B Theatre in Salt Lake City. Plan B donated the proceeds from it’s March 26th preview show of “3” to Young Mormon Feminists, enabling us to being this scholarship which we hope will become an annual tradition. Thank you to Plan B and to the many people who supported the theatre and YMF by attending the play or by making other donations. We would also like to acknowledge and thank our former first- place winner: Grace was originally chosen as the second-place winner, but the person in first place asked that the award be given to someone with greater need.
A letter from Grace:
When I heard that the first place winner had decided to give the scholarship to me—the second place winner—I was sitting on an air mattress in San Francisco, calculating the cost of my textbooks.
I applied for the YMF scholarship while I was married to my abusive ex-husband. At the time, I hoped the money would help us make it through one more month of yelling and name-calling in our Utah home. Now, I intend to use it to buy textbooks for my last year of school and save for a one-way ticket to New York City. I wouldn’t be going back to school at all if it weren’t for the support from my family, my friends, and the YMF community.
I would like to extend special thanks to Mindy Rohrback, Molly Carraway, Nick Rayl, and Elizabeth and Kyle Jacobson, some of my dearest friends and confidantes. Molly talked me through the earliest stages of leaving my husband, Mindy listened as I related the last year and a half of my life in excruciating detail, Nick encouraged me to be vulnerable when I needed it the most, and the Jacobsons drove 1,000 miles with my cats in the back of their car.
Writing for the Young Mormon Feminists blog has given me the confidence to trust my own voice, even when that voice seems small or irrelevant. I am so grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to participate in this diverse and intimate community. I am tremendously grateful to the YMF administrators, to the many people who donated to the YMF scholarship fund, and to the first-place winner who asked that the prize be given to someone else.
Thank you for your kindness.