ASB and RY Tertiary Scholarship 2019 Recipient Announced

In an effort to spotlight and celebrate the work of volunteers in the rainbow community, ASB and RainbowYOUTH have selected the recipient for the 3rd round of the ASB and RY Tertiary Scholarships. 

ASB and RainbowYOUTH are excited to announce the recipients of the ASB and RY Tertiary Scholarships for 2019 - Asher Truman.

As the recipient of the scholarship, Asher will receive a total of $2,500, generously gifted by  the ASB Unity Network, towards their studies. 

“It’s so exciting to be involved with this scholarship each year, and to be involved in enabling the financial progress of such a fantastic volunteer in the LGBTI+ community,” says Stephanie Eaton, the Co-Chair of ASB’s Unity Group. “Huge congratulations to Asher and we wish you all the best with your study, volunteering efforts, and future endeavours”.

Asher Truman (they/them pronouns) is a nursing student based in New Plymouth who works part time to fund their studies. They have showed initiative and commitment to volunteering during their high school years where they founded a QSA (queer-straight alliance) at their private Catholic school amidst a culture totally lacking in support for LGBTI+ students. 

In early 2018, Asher co-founded RainbowYOUTH’s first peer-support group in Taranaki ‘Rural Rainbow’. The group runs fortnightly both online and in person and with a solid and growing membership base. 

“I really appreciate the scholarship as I am studying to be a nurse which is my dream job and [the funds] will contribute massively,” Asher says. “I’m grateful for the RainbowYOUTH community and have immensely enjoyed being a facilitator”.

Asher says they hope to combine their nursing with the LGBTI+ community in the future. 

RainbowYOUTH and ASB would like to extend a congratulations to this year’s applicants and recipients. 

“It’s great to be able to partner with ASB to celebrate and give back to Aotearoa’s volunteers in the rainbow community,” says RainbowYOUTH Executive Director Frances Arns. “In a hugely under-funded area, volunteers contribute vital work to not only RainbowYOUTH, but to organisations all around the country”. 

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