LGBT COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS
IN THE ARTS, DESIGN & EDUCATION  

Celebrating the Life of ANITA PRIEST
and Providing Opportunities to our
Community

With the common goals of Leadership &
Empowering the LGBT community through Art,
Design & Education, Unity Coalition|Coalición
Unida is proud continue the legacy of Anita Priest
and the Whispering Angels Foundation, by
spearheading the Anita Priest Memorial
Scholarship, ongoing.

Established in 2007 in memory of her later
partner, renowned Interior Designer Anita Priest,
the “Whispering Angels” Memorial Scholarship
program founded by Sandra Holiday, is a legacy
program that provides a scholarship for the LGBT
community to advance their education in the area
of Design & the Arts, and now - Education.         

Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida (UC|CU), the first
& only organization for the Latinx| Hispanic|LGBTQ
Community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,
questioning) - advancing Equality & Fairness
since 2002
.

SCHOLARSHIP ELIGIBILITY

- You must be a resident of the U.S. & attend
school in South Florida.

- Submit a completed and signed application.  

- Recent photo or digital photo in jpg, gif, or bmp
format

- Most recent academic transcript to be sent by the
school by e-mail or by mail

- At least two and no more than three letters of
recommendation (At least one of these must be
from an   individual familiar with your academic
work (no family members)

- A scan of Driver’s License / State Issued ID  

- I authorize the UC|CU Anita Priest Memorial
Scholarship Committee to review and discuss my
grades & other information concerning me that are
maintained by my school or submitted by me for
consideration, or of public record.

- Scholarship recipients will be invited to serve a
12 month Junior Board member position on
UC|CU, to foster & encourage Community Service,
Leadership & involvement – ongoing.

- Winning applicants are awarded
a $500 to
$2,500 Scholarship for tuition expenses related to
Design, the Arts or Education, paid directly to the
school.


ELEGIBILIDAD DE BECAS
Las solicitudes de becas serán revisadas por
Coalición Unida (UCU), y los ganadores serán
seleccionados por UC|CU con base en méritos y
calificaciones.

- Debe ser residente de los EE. UU. y asistir a la
escuela en el sur de la Florida.

- Presentar una solicitud completa y firmada.

- Foto reciente o foto digital en formato jpg, gif o
bmp. Transcripción académica más reciente
enviada por la escuela por correo electrónico
o por correo. Al menos dos y no más de tres
cartas de recomendación (al menos una) de
estos debe ser de una persona familiarizada con
su trabajo académico (sin miembros de la familia)

- Un escaneo de la licencia del conductor / ID
emitida por el estado

- Autorizo ​​al Comité de becas de UC|CU Anita
Priest Memorial revisar y discutir mis
calificaciones y otra información sobre mí que
mantiene mi escuela o que presento para su
consideración, o de registro público.

Los beneficiarios de las becas serán invitados a
ocupar un puesto de miembro de la Junta Junior
de 12 meses en UC|CU, a fomentar y alentar el
servicio a la comunidad, el liderazgo y la
participación.

- Los solicitantes ganadores reciben una beca de
$500 hasta $ 2,500 para los gastos de matrícula
relacionados con el diseño, las artes o la
educación, pagados directamente a la escuela.
ANITA PRIEST 1918-2006                                                    
Photo: courtesy of Terence Nelson



Anita Priest was born & educated in New York during the Depression. She overcame many obstacles in her life
and was one of the first women to volunteer and join our country’s Women’s Army Corp. She served four years as
an Officer in the WACS during WW11.

Her flair for design came from her grandfather who designed costumes for the famous Flo Ziegfeld, her Mother
modeled his creations.

She attended New York’s New School for Social research, took courses at the Chicago and New York schools of
Design and also spent a summer studying at the Sorbonne in France.

In the 1950’s she moved to Miami, Florida where her Interior Decorating career began. She was an in-house
designer at first and then branched out to open her own business. Her studio & accessory shop was in Bay
Harbor and called Accent’s Unlimited.

She was way ahead of her time and had many clients including Judges, Politicians, Celebrities and local
Notables. The famous Architect Morris Lapidus wanted her on his team, but she had bigger ideas.

In 1962, she founded the School for Interior Decoration and Design and opened her first school on Miami’s
famous Decorator’s Row. Soon after came a second school in Fort Lauderdale.

Her mission in life was to help others. Many of her students went on to be well known designer’s in their own
right. She changed the lives of many!
Among her many accomplishments, Ms. Priest was included in Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s who of
Florida Women and Barron’s International Edition of Who’s Who in Interior Design. In 1994 she was recognized
as Woman of the Year by the Gay community with a Dixie award.
She was a past President of what is now ASID and pioneered many professional organizations.

Besides teaching at her own school she also taught at Miami-Dade Community College, Florida Atlantic
University and the University of Miami.
Her thriving design career spanned over forty years. She created many memorable and prestigious spaces,
private homes, famous restaurants, clubs and condominiums including models for local well known builders.
When she retired she continued to lecture at various institutions and was a frequent guest lecturer for Cunard
Steamship Line.

Anita’s amazing zest for life came to an end in 2008.

She may be gone but her legacy lives on in all of those she touched with her wit and wisdom. She was greatly
loved and would be so honored knowing that her Scholarship will help a talented, passionate student in design
and the Arts realize their dream as she did hers.

SANDRA HOLIDAY
Founder, Anita Priest Whispering Angles Foundation


Born & educated in London, England. Sandra Holiday has been a resident of the USA since 1974.

Trained as a Professional Championship Ballroom & Latin American dancer, Sandra taught dance in
London for 10 years as well as performing with her dance partner Geoffrey Clapham on cruise ships based in
New York. After returning to London, her career brought her back to the USA where she continued teaching.

In 1985 while living in South Florida she partnered with Anita Priest both personally & professionally. For 23 years
Sandra was the project manager for the Anita Priest Interior Design Co. and the Administrator for her successful
school for Interior Decoration & Design.

Sandra established the ANITA PRIEST “Whispering Angels” Memorial Scholarship Foundation, a legacy
scholarship in memory & honor of her. Anita’s mission in life was to help people, as she had overcome so much
in her life.

Sandra has a dream that one day she will be able to help more members of the LGBT community continue and to
advance their dreams in the Design & Arts fields. The possibilities are endless.
DANIELLE BONITA RODRIGUEZ
Danielle Bonita Rodriguez is the 2015 Recipient and is attending Nyack College.
She made the deans list & is graduating with a 3.00 average. She is studying to be a teacher.

"The Anita Priest scholarship helped me afford to attend a Christian school where I am able
to challenge the perception of the LGBT community daily!"                 


JOVAN KALA HANNAH
Jovan Kala Hannah graduated from New World School of the Arts (High School), where he focused on his
Musical Theatre performance. He has been professionally and classically trained at New World, and was
recently seen in “Curtains”, “The Exonerated”, and “GOD”. After suchrigorous training at New World, Jovan
auditioned for several of the top colleges and universities around the country, and after careful consideration,
he decided to enroll to Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University where he is expected to major
in Stage Management, and possibly declaring a second major which he has not selected.


ALBERTO PARRA
ALBERTO PARRA is the 2010 recipient & is studying Interior Design at the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale.
SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida’s work is 100% funded by events, private
donations & grants. We are 100% staffed & managed by volunteers.

Everything that comes in, goes right back out for programming
community building, leading & assisting our LGBTQ community, and is
TAX DEDUCTIBLE to the full extent of the law.


MENTOR Level –$5,000.
-        Funds 2 scholarships in our community.
-        Entitles you to 2 VIP tickets to our SCHOLARSHIP Reception,
2 tickets to LEGENDS Ball, and name recognition on our
website & related materials.

GUARDIAN Level –$2,500.
-        Funds 1 scholarship in our community.
-        Entitles you to 2 VIP tickets to our SCHOLARSHIP Reception,
and name recognition on our website & related materials.

FRIEND Level –$500.
-        Helps to fund scholarships in our community.
-        Entitles you to 2 VIP tickets to our SCHOLARSHIP Reception,
and listing on website.

ANY AMOUNT YOU GAN GIVE, WILL HELP AN LGBT STUDENT
FULFILL THEIR DREAM OF AN EDUCATION. Thank you!

NICHOLAS COWDEN
Currently enrolled in Ballet Theater’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, our 2016 Scholarship Recipient has already
exceeded most expectations and accolades as part of the American Ballet theatre.

"Scholarship Programs such as the Anita Priest Memorial Scholarship, allow LGBT students to pursue careers
and studies that might not otherwise be available. It is a source of inspiration to receive this scholarship and I
hope to inspire others to realize that dreams can become
reality."
                                                                                                                  
SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS
PROGRAMAS DE BECAS
NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS in
COSMETOLOGY for the So. Fla. LGBT
COMMUNITY

BEAUTY SCHOOLS of AMERICA &
PALM BEACH ACADEMY of HEALTH &
BEAUTY
A very unique partnership has been created to
support the Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender
community in South Florida through the offering
of career focused Institutional Grant Scholarship
directed to individuals selected to participate
through this partnership.

Qualified recipients who meet the admissions
criteria as stated in the BSA official catalog and
chosen by the receiving entity, will be
interviewed by the Admissions and Financial Aid
departments at BSA to finalize the enrollment
process into the field of choice.

Qualified Recipients must:
• Complete a Free Application for Federal
Student Aid.
• Demonstrate Financial Need
• Have legal permanent residence, or US
citizenship.
• Provide BSA with a valid High School Diploma
or GED. (Foreign high schools accepted as long
as they are accompanied by an evaluation and
translation which indicates that it is equivalent
or higher to a high school diploma in the U.S.).
• Not be in default on a federal loan or owe a
federal overpayment with the Department of
Education.
• Graduate by graduation date as indicated on
the original BSA Enrollment Agreement.
• Follow all school policies and procedures as
stated in the BSA catalog.

School catalog may be found at:
www.bsa.edu/catalog.
Four (4) total scholarships to be awarded from
the following programs:
(1) One scholarship for the Massage
Therapy program (754 hours).
(3) Three scholarships from the programs
listed below.

 Cosmetology (1200 hours)
 Barber (1200 hours)
 Spa Therapy (1054 hours)
 Full Specialist with Salon Management (900
hours)
 Comprehensive Facial and Makeup (900
hours)
 Electrolysis and Laser Technician (650
hours)

2- Duration of Scholarship:
Must be redeemed no later than sixty (60) days
after the award date.
One-time award for completion of (1) one
program.
Scholarship is non-renewable and non-
transferable.
3. Notification Procedure:
Unity Coalition must provide scholarship
recipient’s full name, program of choice, and
confirmation of their eligibility.

SCHOLARSHIP ELIGIBILITY
Scholarships applications will be reviewed by
Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida (UC|CU), and
awardees will be selected by UC|CU based on
merit & qualifications.

- Qualified individuals who meet the
admissions criteria, as stated in the BSA official
catalog and chosen by UC|CU, will be
interviewed by the Admissions department at
BSA to finalize enrollment process into the fields
of choice.

Candidates must:
- Provide BSA with the High School Diploma or
GED. (Foreign credentials accepted as long as
they are accompanied by an evaluation and
such indicates that it is equivalent to a high
school diploma in the U.S.).
- Graduate within the normal time frame
according to the schedule chosen and as stated
in the enrollment agreement
- Follow all school policies and procedures as
stated in the BSA catalog.
School catalog may be found at:
www.bsa.edu
ELEGIBILIDAD DE BECAS
Las solicitudes de becas serán revisadas por
Coalición Unida (UCU), y los ganadores serán
seleccionados por UC|CU con base en méritos
y calificaciones.

Las personas calificadas que cumplan con los
criterios de admisión, tal como se indica en el
catálogo oficial de BSA y elegido por UC|UC,
serán entrevistadas por el departamento de
Admisiones de BSA para finalizar el proceso de
inscripción en los campos de elección.

Los candidatos deben:
- Proporcionar BSA con el Diploma de Escuela
Secundaria o GED. (Las credenciales
extranjeras aceptadas siempre que estén
acompañadas de una evaluación y tal indica
que es equivalente a un diploma de escuela
secundaria en los Estados Unidos).

- Graduar dentro del plazo normal de acuerdo al
horario elegido y como se indica en el contrato
de inscripción
- Siga todas las políticas y procedimientos de la
escuela como se indica en el catálogo de BSA.
El catálogo de la escuela se puede encontrar
en:
www.bsa.edu
UNITY COALITION|COALICIÓN UNIDA awards 50k in LGBT SCHOLARSHIPS

Miami, Florida- May 2017… One of the most effective ways to empower our LGBT Community is through Leadership & Education. Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida
(UC|CU), the first & only organization for the Latinx| Hispanic|LGBT Community - offering Leadership, Education & Empowerment since 2002, is proud to award
FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS of Scholarships so far this year, specifically geared towards the South Florida LGBTQ Community.

With the common goals of Leadership & Empowering the LGBT community, Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida (UC|CU) is proud to announce a Community
Partnership with Beauty Schools of America (BSA) and the Palm Beach Academy of Health and Beauty (PBAHB). Full Scholarships, valued at over sixteen thousand
dollars each, were awarded for Cosmetology degrees at BSA and PBAHB, offering career focused institutional grants to ORLANDO CARTIER-SANCHEZ, LEXANNA
AMNELL, ARIANNA LINT. Also, DIAMANTE JONES is our 2017 Anita Priest memorial Scholarship recipient for the Arts, Design & Education. Jones will also join our
UC|CU Board as a Junior Associate as part of our program of assisting and developing the next generation of Community Leaders.
Please join us in CONGRATULATING these wonderful individuals!

“UC|CU is always looking for opportunities to give our community the leadership, inspiration & tools to do better and rise. Our partnership with Beauty Schools of
America and the Palm Beach Academy of Health and Beauty is exactly the type of projects we enjoy the most – empowering our LGBT community though education,
leadership & opportunities.”  -Herb Sosa, president – Unity Coalition|Coalición  Unida        

“We are thrilled to partner with the UC|CU on this program. The goals of BSA are to Empower, Educate and Give Opportunities to the LGBT community... and to
make the world a bit more beautiful!  - Maritza Bedoya, Chief Operating Officer – Beauty Schools of America & Palm Beach Academy of Health and Beauty.
Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida’s work is 100% funded by events, private donations & grants. We are 100% staffed & managed by volunteers. Everything that comes
in, goes right back out for programming, community building, leading & assisting our LGBTQ community. We encourage you to consider making a financial
contribution to the Scholarship Program – or other year round programming efforts - and helping this important work to continue.

___________________________________________________________________________________________

UNITY COALITION|COALICIÓN UNIDA presenta 50 mil dólares en Becas a la Comunidad LGBT

Miami, Florida – mayo 2017 ... Una de las maneras más eficaces para potenciar nuestra Comunidad LGBT es a través del Liderazgo y Educación. Unity
Coalition|Coalición Unida (UC|CU), la primera y única organización para la comunidad  latinx|hispanx|LGBT – ofreciendo Liderazgo, Educación y Empoderamiento
desde el 2002.
Con los objetivos comunes de Liderazgo y Empoderamiento para la comunidad LGBT, Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida (UC|CU) se enorgullece en anunciar una
asociación comunitaria con Beauty Schools of America (BSA) y la Academia de Palm Beach de Salud y Belleza (PBAHB), presentando becas completas, valorados
en más de dieciséis mil dólares cada una.  Ganadores de becas institucionales para el 2017 fueron premiadas a ORLANDO CARTIER-SANCHEZ, LEXANNA
AMNELL y ARIANNA LINT. Además, DIAMANTE JONES es nuestro ganador de la beca Anita Priest memorial de las Artes, Diseño y Educación. Jones se unirá a
nuestra junta de UC|CU como Asociado, como parte de nuestro programa de asistencia y de desarrollo para la próxima generación de líderes de la comunidad.
Por favor, únase a nosotros en felicitar a estos maravillosos individuos.
"UC|CU siempre está buscando oportunidades para darle a nuestra comunidad el liderazgo, la inspiración y las herramientas para superar y mejorar. Nuestra
asociación con las Escuelas de Beauty Schools of America & Palm Beach Academy of Health and Beauty es exactamente el tipo de proyecto que más disfrutamos,
potenciando nuestra comunidad LGBT a través de la educación, el liderazgo y las oportunidades. " -Herb Sosa, presidente Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida
"Estamos encantados de asociarnos con UC UC en este programa. Nuestros objetivos con esta asociación son capacitar, educar y dar oportunidades a la
comunidad LGBT ...¡y hacer que el mundo sea un poco más hermoso!  - Maritza Bedoya, Directora de Operaciones - Beauty Schools of America y Palm Beach
Academy of Health & Beauty.
La programación de Unity Coalition| Coalición Unida está financiado al 100% por eventos, donaciones privadas y subvenciones. Somos 100% empleados y
manejados por voluntarios. Todo lo que entra, se remonta a la programación…empoderando, liderando y ayudando a nuestra comunidad LGBTQ. Le animamos a
que considere hacer una contribución financiera al Programa de Becas, o cualquier otro año de programación, y ayudar a que este importante trabajo continúe.
.

2017 BSA SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

LEXANNA AMNEL
ARIANNA LINT
ORLANDO CARTIER SANCHEZ
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MAY 2019
Miami Beach
JANUARY 25-27, 2019
Miami

TRANSGENDER NEWS
OCT 1 - OCT. 15, 2018
HISPANIC LGBT PRIDE
LGBT SCHOLARSHIPS for
the ARTS, COSMETOLOGY,
DESIGN, EDUCATION and
SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT
EDUCATION | EDUCACIÓN
UNITY COALITION|COALICIÓN UNIDA, WITH THE PARTNERSHIP & SUPPORT OF OUR
COMMUNITY PARTNERS, MEMBERS & GENEROUS DONORS, IS PROUD TO HAVE AWARDED
OVER 50,000 DOLLARS IN SCHOLARSHIPS IN 2017, AND HOPES TO CONTINUE TO MAKE THE
DREAMS OF EDUCATION, EQUALITY AND OPPORTUNITY - ALIVE AND WELL THROUGH OUR
SCHOLARSHIPS.
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GAY VISTA SCHOLARSHIP CLUB |
LGBT SCHOLARSHIPS for Socially
Engaged Millennials

The Gay Vista Social Club (GVSC)  builds
friendships throughout South Florida.  By providing
programs and supporting other local LGBTQ
organizations, GVSC strives in creating a sense of
community, forging meaningful relationships, and
developing social interaction among gay, bisexual,
and queer men.

Gay Vista Social Club (GVSC) is proud to work
with Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida (UC|CU),
providing Scholarship Funding specifically
associated with their PRIDE U 2020 Initiative, a
three-year Community Initiative Program & Social
Challenge, to better Engage, Inform & Inspire
millennials to take on leadership roles in the
LGBT community to better serve, & effect positive
change for those disenfranchised and under-
served.

Taking Community Resources, Mentors & Social
Discussions to College Campuses, Helping to
create and expand Pride Clubs across Dade &
Broward, Social Settings & wherever the need is –
Informing, Engaging & Inspiring LGBT millennials
to Lead in creating a New Rainbow of Activism,
Social Change & Leadership.

GVSC, though UC|CU’s PRIDE U 2020 Initiative,
will fund multiple GAY VISTA SCHOLARSHIP
CLUB Scholarships (up to $1,000 each), to South
Florida millennials who are socially engaged in
their school’s campus life as well as an active
leaders and/or volunteers in the LGBTQ
community.


SCHOLARSHIP ELIGIBILITY

- You must be a resident of the U.S. & attend
school in South Florida.

- Submit a completed and signed application.  

- Recent photo or digital photo in jpg, gif, or bmp
format

- Most recent academic transcript to be sent by the
school by e-mail or by mail

- At least two and no more than three letters of
recommendation (At least one of these must be
from an   individual familiar with your academic
work (no family members)

- A scan of Driver’s License / State Issued ID  

- I authorize the UC|CU, GVSC &  PRIDE U 2020
Scholarship Committee to review and discuss my
grades & other information concerning me that are
maintained by my school or submitted by me for
consideration, or of public record.

- Scholarship recipients will be invited to serve a
12 month Junior Board member position on
UC|CU, to foster & encourage Community Service,
Leadership & involvement – ongoing.

- Winning applicants are awarded up to a $1,000.
Scholarship for Social Programs or Projects that  
engage them in their school’s campus life as well
as an active leaders and/or volunteers in the
LGBTQ community.

ELEGIBILIDAD DE BECAS
Las solicitudes de becas serán revisadas por
Coalición Unida (UCU), y los ganadores serán
seleccionados por UC|CU con base en méritos y
calificaciones.

- Debe ser residente de los EE. UU.y asistir a la
escuela en el sur de la Florida.

- Presentar una solicitud completa y firmada.

- Foto reciente o foto digital en formato jpg, gif o
bmp. Transcripción académica más reciente
enviada por la escuela por correo electrónico
o por correo. Al menos dos y no más de tres
cartas de recomendación (al menos una) de
estos debe ser de una persona familiarizada con
su trabajo académico (sin miembros de la familia)

- Un escaneo de la licencia del conductor / ID
emitida por el estado

- Autorizo ​​al Comité de becas de UC|CU, GVSC y
PRIDE U 2020 a revisar y discutir mis
calificaciones y otra información sobre mí que
mantiene mi escuela o que presento para su
consideración, o de registro público.

Los beneficiarios de las becas serán invitados a
ocupar un puesto de miembro de la Junta Junior
de 12 meses en UC|CU, a fomentar y alentar el
servicio a la comunidad, el liderazgo y la
participación.

- Los solicitantes ganadores reciben hasta
$1,000 en Becas para Programas o Proyectos
Sociales que los involucren en la vida del campus
de su escuela, así como a líderes activos y / o
voluntarios en la comunidad LGBTQ.
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