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TRANS* GEAR ANNUAL COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP
Trans* Gear Annual Community Scholarship was founded in 2012 by trans-identified students, community members, and their allies in response to the struggles and needs of transgender communities. Many trans* individuals have difficulty accessing gear that helps them move through the world more accurately. We connect applicants in need with new gender-affirming accessories, clothing, and gear such as Stand-to-Pee devices (STPs), binders, trans-specific undergarments (i.e.: gaffs, packing straps), breast forms, packers and other prosthetics. Our mission is simple: to link trans*, genderqueer, gender-questioning/gender-exploring and gender-diverse individuals with the gear needed to feel self-affirmed and/or explore their gender identities.
The Trans* Gear team grants scholarships for trans* gear valued at a maximum of $100 US (including the cost of shipping). To be considered, applicants should be prepared to submit some information to the Trans* Gear team. Please note that any information you share will be treated with the greatest care and your personal information will not be distributed or shared in anyway. (At the end of the fund, all application materials will be deleted and destroyed.) You must be a US resident, be able to receive mail, and loosely identify as a trans/gender, genderqueer, multigendered/bigendered gender-questioning, gender-variant individual (no requirement to be out or visible, or prove/need to be “certain” that you are trans*, use the language of trans-ness to describe yourself etc). Strong preference is given to applicants with financial hardship and other social/cultural barriers to accessibility. Please note that committee members may like to use some of your responses to help generate awareness of the Trans* Gear scholarship with your permission.
Please email your (brief) answers to the following questions to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before NOVEMBER 1st, 2014:
1. Preferred name(s) and pronoun(s).
3. Mailing address to a location where you may safely receive mail.
Please note that some companies do not mail to P.O. Boxes.
4. If selected as a recipient, what name should we use on the package?
For your safety, please let us know in your application how we can discreetly mail gear to you if are selected as a recipient. (i.e.: “use my legal name ‘Susan’ instead of ‘Sam’ on the packaging)
5. Email address and/or phone number where it is safe to receive verbal or written notification.
Let us know if you have a preference, by email, by phone, or either. Unfortunately, we cannot correspond via snail mail at this time.
5b.(if applicable) If we may contact you by phone, may we leave voicemail or message stating that we are the Trans* Gear Team calling about your application? Y / N?
If you select phone as your preferred mode of communication and do not want us to leave a voicemail or message, we will only make one (1) additional attempt to contact you beyond the first call.
5c. (if applicable) If we may contact you by phone, what are the best days/times to call?
6. What sort of device/gear do you need? How much is the requested item? What size do you need? Please provide:
a. The specificlink to the item (not the general site link).
b. Name or SKUs/model numbers of the item.
c. Size and/or color requested.
Make sure you have the appropriate size/color by carefully researching the item you need and measuring your body appropriately. We are not able to return gear or exchange items for another size. If you need help selecting the appropriate size or item, many companies will correspond with you by email or over the phone about their products and services.
EXAMPLE: If you were requesting a chest binder from Underworks you would tell us the price, name/model number, size, and color you want, cost of shipping, and the internet link to the item: Ultimate Chest Binder Tank, #997100105, $29.99, white, size XL, shipping is $5.99. http://www.underworks.com/men/compression-shirts/ultimate-chest-binder-tank
7. Optional: Racial or ethnic identities, ability status, or other identities and life experiences that you feel provide context for your application.
8. Have you applied for the Trans* Gear fund before? Were you selected as a recipient?
If yes, tell us when (what year) and what gear item you received. If you received gear from us in the past, please briefly explain why you are applying for funding again.
9. Tell us a little about yourself and address the following questions: Why are you applying? If financial hardship is an issue, be sure to mention that in your response. How would a Trans* Gear Scholarship help you feel more affirmed in your gender(s) and/or facilitate your gender exploration?
Feel free to write as little or as much as you feel comfortable with; however, please try to limit your response to one page as several lengthy applications can quickly overwhelm our small staff.
Writing Tip: Be specific in your answer because the more information we know about you and your situation, the better able we will be to understand how the fund can assist you.
10. May the trans* gear committee anonymously use your response to question #9 for the purposes of raising-awareness (i.e.: newsletter, website, letters to donors)?Y / N ?
We never distribute, share, or disclose any information regarding applicants/recipients in our advertising, fundraising, or consciousness-raising efforts. Your response would be featured anonymously (no name or other identifying information would be attached to the featured response).