Meet GAPA Foundation’s 2013 Scholarship Winners!
Vinita Chaudhry, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
Vinita is a senior undergraduate student at Washington University in St. Louis, double majoring in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies & Anthropology. Vinita has been actively involved in various forms of LGBTQ activism since their time in high school, serving on the executive board of Washington University’s Pride Alliance (largest campus multi-focus LGBTQ organization), Safe Zones Facilitators, and is currently working on starting up an organization for queer people of color on campus (including students, faculty, and staff); outside of Washington University, Vinita has completed internships in New York City for Empire State Pride Agenda and SALGA-NYC, as well as an internship with a local NGO in Udaipur City, India. They also are working on the completion of a senior honors thesis and Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship research project, which explores South Asian queer identities and activism in New York City, through the lens of SALGA-NYC in particular. Vinita is incredibly honored to have been awarded the GAPA Foundation Scholarship, and looks forward to continuing to do work for API LGBTQ folks.
Timothy Mok, University of California, San Francisco, California
Timothy is a graduate student in the School of Pharmacy at UCSF. He is currently the UCSF Project HIV Outreach Coordinator, and is involved in leading educational workshops for queer people living with HIV, as well as screening for HIV and providing information on the most up-to-date therapies. He is involved in the leadership of campus-wide diversity programs and within the School of Pharmacy. He is expected to graduate in Spring 2015.
Lucy Ngo, California State University, Long Beach, California
Currently attending CSULB, Lucy is a part of Vietnamese Rainbow of Orange County and hopes to continue her activism in the LGBTQ community. In addition, she is a peer supporter of ReachOut, a mental health support service. She is the youngest out of her two sisters. When not busy, she is either sleeping or playing Candy Crush Saga.