Important Announcements for 2013-14
The deadline for submitting applications for the 2013-14 academic year has passed. The application for the 2014-15 academic year will be available in January 2014. Please check back at that time.
About Markowski-Leach Scholarships
The Markowski-Leach Scholarship fund was established as a result of the vision of Tom Markowski and Jim Leach. Tom and Jim were a gay couple living in San Francisco. As the AIDS crisis spread in the early 1980s, they talked about what they would like their legacy to be. They “wanted to make a difference” and felt that, at that time, there was a dearth of positive role models for gays and lesbians. This became the defining theme of the scholarships: to assist in the education of gays and lesbians who would then have an impact on other gays and lesbians through their works.
The Scholarship fund was part of a bequest from the estate of Jim Leach, which reflected their mutual desire to provide financial assistance to gays and lesbians trying to further their education. Tom passed away 2 years before Jim. Both died as a result of HIV. According to the terms of the bequest, the Scholarship Committee is directed to evaluate applications seeking to identify gays and lesbians who are likely to:
“…make a substantial contribution to society, thereby enhancing society’s perception of gay and lesbian people as well as increasing the gay and lesbian community’s self-esteem…”
Selected candidates will demonstrate their dedication to excellence in their lives through service, education, or employment. Scholarship are awarded to applicants whose leadership potential is evident regardless of their chosen field of study or financial need.
The Scholarships are available to students at San Francisco State University, University of California at Berkeley, or Stanford University.
Since the first Markowski-Leach scholarships were awarded in 1989, over $200,000 has been given to a truly impressive group of students.
Detailed eligibility rules are available on the information section of the application page.