Scholarship Winner Announced


Spencer Pride and White River Valley PFLAG are excited to announce our 2017 $1000 scholarship recipient.  Issac Young has been selected as our second award winner and comes to this place with a long history of work to move equality forward.

For the past three years, Issac has been involved with Prism Youth Community and has been part of Prism’s leadership team since its creation. As the previous chair of Prism’s Education and Training committee, Issac was involved in various trainings for over two years.  Working from the perspective and experiences as a transgender individual, Issac addressed many audiences of professionals about how things can be made better for students and youth across the state.

Recently, Issac travelled with Prism Youth Community to Washington D.C. for the HRC’s 4th annual TIME TO THRIVE conference.  The group met advocates including Al Franken and Dolores Huerta and attended workshops to develop a broader sense of issues faced by today’s youth across the nation.  In his words, “I’ve been emboldened by the places I been and the people I’ve met to do the work that I can in my community.”

Issac has been accepted to Columbia College Chicago’s Honors Program and he states, “I plan to continue my efforts promoting education by getting my degree in Video Game Art/Development so that I can help create games that increase diversity within the field of video games. I want my video games to tell real stories and promote the sharing of these stories. Just as I was helped and encouraged to tell my story and share my truths, I want my games to empower others to do the same.”

2017 Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted

2017 Scholarship Applications are due March 4!
2017 Scholarship Applications are due March 4!

We are now accepting applications for the 2nd annual Spencer Pride/White River Valley PFLAG scholarship!

This scholarship is intended for high school seniors who are pursuing post-secondary education.   Individuals who have worked to move LGBTQ+ equality forward in their school, community, or faith organization are encouraged to apply.

For more information & to apply online, please visit

10th Anniversary Scholarship Winner Announced

Spencer was notified that he won the 10th Anniversary Scholarship in February. Cathy Wyatt, president of WRV PFLAG, informed Spencer on behalf of both organizations.

We are thrilled to announce that the Spencer Pride & White River Valley PFLAG 10th Anniversary Scholarship Award winner is Spencer Biery!  The scholarship was intended to recognize a local high school senior who has worked to help forward the cause of equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, & intersex people.

Spencer has served as the President of Prism Youth Community-Bloomington for 2 years.  Spencer advocates for others within the LGBTQI community as well as educating professionals within the Monroe County schools, at community events, and among local queer youth.

In a wonderfully-written essay, Spencer described how fulfilling the work has been – especially as one of the team members of an educational team that spoke for professional development programs to MCCSC teachers, counselors, and administrators.

In his words: “The fact that my youth community members and I were able to create materials that told teachers exactly what we as queer students want and need from them to foster a safer and more learning-conducive environment is inspiring and also unbelievable.”

Spencer’s message and passion are clear, and this award has been most properly placed into the hands of someone that will carry the torch forward!


The scholarship award will be formally presented to Spencer at his school’s awards night towards the end of this school year.


Scholarship Opportunity Available Now

Community EventsAre you a high school senior looking for money to pay for college? Have you been involved moving equality forward for LGBTQI people? Spencer Pride & White River Valley PFLAG are teaming up to award a $1000 scholarship this school year. If you’re pursuing post-secondary education and live in Owen, Monroe or surrounding counties, you could win this scholarship.

For more information and to apply online, please visit Spencer Pride and White River Valley PFLAG are excited about this offer! Be sure to check out all the details at our website!