Named in honor of Sophie Magerl, Sophie’s Live Out Loud Award (LOLA) will provide a $5,000 scholarship for one student leader who embodies Sophie’s values of self-expression, creative arts, empowerment, resilience, and dedication to community. Sophie was an inspiring 17-year-old who lived out loud and fought for others to be able to express themselves freely.
To be eligible, applicants should: Self-identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community; Be age 24 or younger; Either attended high school or completed GED in the D.C. Metro Area; and be starting your first semester of post-secondary education (2 or 4 year college, university, trade school, technical school etc.) by the coming fall. Thus, eligible applicants include graduating seniors, youth who took a gap year or two, youth who are completing a GED this Spring, etc.– as long as you are planning to start continuing education this upcoming year. Students returning to higher education (such as upperclassmen) are not eligible for this award. Consider your comfort level with being selected. Winners will have their picture and biography publicized.