Some excellent news from my good friend Julie Thompson, Co-Chair of New Orleans’ PFLAG Chapter for many years. A good number of academic scholarships are given out yearly by the PFLAG Board, helping many LGBTQ+-identifying young adults with their post-high school education. This initiative has changed many lives.
A young man named Ross was a recipient of a small PFLAG scholarship in 2005 –2006, and in 2007 received a much more substantial award. This grateful young man, who was born and raised in the area, recently reached out to Julie Thompson to thank her, and to inform her that it was time to pay it forward. Dr. Ross Gaudet has pledged a $1,000 scholarship for each of five years, to start. He writes that, as a successful anesthesiologist living in New York City, he wanted to express his gratitude and his intention to support PFLAG.
How gratifying for PFLAG, especially for Julie who coordinated the Scholarship for years, upon reading his signature: Ross Gaudet, MD.
Now that is a wonderful and warm way to celebrate one of our own.