Garrett Voge, studying Accounting and Management Information Systems, is a DiversityJobs Scholarship Finalist

[I]’ve chosen the Masters of Accounting Program to further my education and better prepare myself for the workplace environment. Hearing about how auditors are the “watchdogs” of the business world heightened my interest in this field. After reading about numerous fraud scandals, I now want to help investors and managers confirm balance sheet numbers and internal controls. 

Recently, I have been working on my senior honor’s thesis, which revolves around analyzing the stock market returns to see if institutional investors value LGBTQ progressive policies differently than the common investor. In researching this topic and attending the Out for Undergraduate Business Conference (OUBC), I have realized the need for action with regards to corporate America and the LGBTQ community. Although I am entering a field that already is highly regarded for its Corporate Equality Index scores, I feel that I will be able to make a difference in the community as a whole as well. I have recently realized the importance of accepting everyone for who they truly are. 

“At least you’re not that gay. At least you’re not in drag. At lea–“

That’s where I stopped them. Last Christmas, I came out to my parents. My parents were reassuring themselves that it could be worse: I could be “gayer.” A few years earlier, I would have agreed with them to soften the punch and lessen the tears. However, at this time I said, “Stop.” I told them that I was myself. Those people are themselves. And this world needs to support and applaud anyone that can be themselves in today’s society. I have only been openly out for a year and have changed multiple people’s perception of the LGBTQ community through my diverse campus involvement. 

I have talked to the two leaders of the Open Circle in the PwC San Francisco Office about helping with a number of projects this summer. I cannot wait to see their resources, connections and progress. After attending the OUBC, I met with the Associate Dean of my business school to discuss LGBTQ difficulties and how faculty can be more supportive. Similarly, I will bring what I learn this summer back to the University of Arizona. Looking into the future, much is uncertain, but I can assure you that I will stay true to my morals, my integrity and my belief that equality is paramount. Whether this is involvement with the Trevor Project or educating a co-worker on offensive language; I do not know yet. However, I’m extremely excited to find out.

DiversityJobs.com’s scholarship program is proud to announce Garrett Voge as one of the finalists for its December 2012 application deadline. Vote for his essay (Facebook ‘Like’ and other social media sharing options in left column), click the ‘star’ just above comments section below, and/or leave comments of support to help us with the selection process.



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  • Garrett,
    Thank you for sharing this excellent essay with us! From having gotten to know you this past year I have seen how you can really make a positive difference towards true equality. I know you will continue to do so, and I fully support you! Best of luck!

  • As a fellow member of Mortar Board Senior Honorary with Garrett, I can say that he truly is an inspiration to not only the LGBTQ community, but to all who know him. He is a representation of what it means to be who you are, and this self-acceptance and awareness as well as his understanding of diversity and acceptance through his experiences as a gay man will serve him well in the field of accounting and the community as a whole. I highly recommend him for this scholarship; he deserves it!

  • Garrett is one of the most involved people I know – over a variety of organizations too. Seeing him excel more and more brings me great joy as a friend and fellow student. Garrett is proving to the world that nothing can hold someone back, regardless of sexual orientation, race, creed, religion, etc. Being himself is what has brought him all of this success. Garrett deserves all the best in this world.

  • I’ve been involved in various organizations with Garrett the past couple years of college, and I can honestly say he truly embodies the essence of leadership. He is an extremely bright, welcoming, and accepting individual who strives for excellence every day. He’s always been a great team player and even more importantly, he’s always been a great friend. I am so proud of his efforts to advocate for equality in both the collegiate environment and the corporate world, and he is MORE than deserving of this scholarship! I can’t wait to see what he will accomplish in his career.

  • I’ve had the privilege of getting to know Garrett Voge through
    various organizations over the past three years. Garrett is an exemplary model
    of scholastic achievement and strong leadership. Garrett demonstrates a strong commitment
    to his field of study, while also balancing various obligations and leadership
    roles within many different groups on campus. I had the opportunity to work
    with Garrett as a part of the Student Body Senate at the University of Arizona.
    One of Garrett’s strongest leadership traits is that he is able to speak his mind,
    while always remaining open to the ideas, suggestions, and beliefs of others. He
    takes the time to form personal relationships with each person he interacts
    with, and is known for the positive spirit he can bring to any situation. I
    feel honored to call Garrett my peer and my friend. His coming out experience
    has had a positive impact on countless individuals within the University of Arizona
    community. He is constantly working towards a better, more inclusive
    environment for all members of the LGBTQA community—and the community at large.

  • Garrett Voge is one of the most sincere and motivated people I know. He will get the job done and have a great attitude through it all. There is no doubt in my mind that he will go places and make a huge difference in this world to come. He is more than deserving of this scholarship for his ever loving personality and motivation to stand up for what is right along with staying true to himself and true to those all around him. He is not afraid to take action, and I know he will do just that and more!

  • The first word that comes to mind when I think of Garrett Voge is genuine. His passion for tolerance and equality shines through his coursework and extracurricular activities every single day. He strives to make change in everything that he does, and never stays silent when something needs to get done. During his time at the University of Arizona, he has devoted himself to clubs, honoraries, a rigorous academic schedule, and a variety of leadership positions. Through these various outlets, I have watched Garrett embody the roles of leader, friend, scholar, advocate, and mentor. While often humble about his accomplishments, Garrett has truly impacted his community, and I could not be prouder to call him my friend. He is an inspiration to not only the LGBTQ community, but to all that surround him. I cannot imagine there is someone more deserving of this award.

  • Garrett is, without exaggeration, the hardest worker, best friend, most passionate advocate, and most effective leader I know. Good luck, my friend!

  • The University of Arizona community is better because of Garrett’s commitment to equality, diversity, and independent success. I have been fortunate enough to know Garrett for nearly a decade. In the past year since Garrett came out, I have watched him emerge as a leader and an advocate. There is no one more deserving of this scholarship.

  • Garrett Voge is a breath of fresh air, a leader, and visionary of the future. As a friend, fellow classmate, and club member at the University of Arizona and Eller College of Management, he is completely deserving of this scholarship. Good luck Garrett!

  • I have known Garrett Voge since freshman year of high school and even then he was constantly involved with programs that helped make the community (whether it be high school, college, or the general public) a better place. He always made sure to be welcoming and kind to everyone and always had new ideas to help improve everything he was involved in. I know that Garrett will continue to make changes and strides towards making the community a better place in the future. I honestly cannot think of a person who deserves this scholarship more!

  • Garrett, Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us. I truly believe you are a one of a kind, amazing individual. You have done nothing but lead myself as well as many others since I have known you. I know, out of everyone, you deserve this scholarship. I have looked up to you since the very moment I met you. I know you will work extremely and continue to be the person I know and love. Good Luck Garrett!

  • Garrett is one of the most dedicated, hard-working, and talented people that I know. I wish I could click that star a million times. Love you Garrett!

  • Having spent a summer with Garrett in London via the Eller Internship Program, I have to say that he is one of those rare individuals who successfully brings people together and makes them comfortable to be who they are. He was the first person I encountered once the taxi deposited me at our flat, and from the very beginning he was like an older brother, the person that automatically makes you feel like a cherished human being. I only wish I got to know him better, but he makes me want to be a better, friendlier person.

    All the best, Garrett! 🙂

  • Garrett is an amazing young man who continually challenges himself to excel at all endeavors while maintaining a bright, positive outlook in all aspects of life. As Co-Freshman Class Council Director last year at the University of Arizona, I had the absolute pleasure of working with Garrett as my Co-Director. Freshman Class Council (FCC) is an area within the University’s student government, and Garrett served as an excellent role model to 49 freshmen. One thing that these freshmen so admired about Garrett was how genuine and open he is. He taught them to always be themselves and to never let others define you. I feel honored to call Garrett my close friend. Every day, he teaches me something new, and I cannot wait to see what incredible things he accomplishes throughout his life. I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this scholarship.

  • Garrett has been one of the most amazing people I’ve met in college. He has been a wonderful listener and great resource for advice. His passion for his school and work is only excelled by his drive and compassion for helping those around him, and I have no worries he will make incredible changes in this world. After witnessing four years of his incredible work for the UofA, I cannot think of someone more qualified or deserving of such an empowering scholarship.

  • I was introduced to Garrett Voge when I was just a freshman
    coming in to the University of Arizona. I was told that he was a good resource
    to know if I ever had any questions about involvement, or finding my niche on
    campus. I have known Garrett for three years now and I can honestly say he has
    become one of my closest friends and is someone I look up to very much. Garrett
    continues to inspire countless individuals facing difficult situations and is
    very encouraging in the process. He has provided me with the best advice,
    confidence, and support to come out myself and I cannot thank him enough. Not
    only have I found my niche on this campus, but I’ve also gained the confidence
    and strength to be my true self thanks to him. Garrett Voge is the prime
    example of a great student leader, a strong advocate for equality, role-model ,
    and the most supportive, kind-hearted friend anyone can ever ask for. I cannot
    think of a better candidate for this scholarship and I wish you the best of

  • Garrett is an amazing person who can brighten any room and who brings the utmost dedication to any task that is set before him. There is no one more deserving of this scholarship!

  • I am so proud to know someone so confident in being themselves, and so adamant about making a positive change in the world. If anyone is deserving of this scholarship, it’s Garrett!

  • Garrett is such a passionate, hard working, determined person who puts himself wholeheartedly into everything he does. He deserves this scholarship not only because he is so incredibly smart and talented, but I truly believe he would do more with this opportunity then any other candidate.

  • Garrett is one of the most intriguing people I have ever met. I am so proud to call him a friend and find his confidence, intelligence, and outlook on life inspring. Between his passion for business and involvement for in LGBTQ, he understands the importance of diversity in the workplace. I cannot wait to see where Garrett’s involvements take him and the accomplishments he will receive. There really is no question in who is more deserving of this a scholarship. Love ya Gar!

  • I can easily say that Garrett is one of the most fun-spirited, driven, and dedicated people I know. I am so proud not only of him, but I am also proud to say I know and love him as a person. He is truly deserving of this scholarship and all of the opportunities that follow. Way to go Garrett!

  • I feel so lucky that I have had Garrett in my life for the last year and a half. Garrett one of the directors of Freshman Class Council last year which I had the honor of being a part of. Over the course my Freshman year, Garrett continuously inspired me to do the best I could and to find my passions. Garrett has such a drive and motivation for issues and goals that he is passionate about, and I know he will be successful in whatever he does! I consider Garrett to be one of the largest role models in my life and if anyone deserves this scholarship it is him!

  • Meeting Garret during a club fair at my freshman orientation was the first highlight of my college experience. After talking to him about involvement on campus and how the University of Arizona has helped him grow – academically, professionally, and personally – I was convinced without a doubt that I could have the same amazing experiences that he has had. My mom turned to me the second we were out of ear shot and said, “Okay, I’m glad you picked this school. He rocks!” This was the first full stamp of approval that my mother, a woman who has worked in education for fifteen years, gave to the U of A. It was all because of Garret Voge. He is an inspiration to so many people on and off this campus. I cannot think of a person more deserving of this scholarship. His dedication and intelligence sets him apart, as does his overwhelmingly positive attitude towards everyone he meets. DiversityJobs made the right choice to make Garret a finalist and could make an even better choice by awarding Garret the scholarship.

  • I have known Garrett Voge since his freshman year of college. I was the director of a program which Garrett was selected for and had the opportunity to watch him grow into the outstanding student and leader he is today. Garrett’s ability to stand out among his peers is a testament to his strong leadership, genuine character and strength to overcome adversity. He never fails to bring life to a room and has the most infectious personality. Regardless of the challenges and setbacks Garrett has encountered, he continues to be a motivated and hard working individual who is sure to be successful in all his endeavors. I look forward to seeing the incredible things I know Garrett will achieve. Garrett is an extremely deserving candidate for the DiversityJobs scholarship.

  • I had the pleasure of meeting Garrett this summer and even in the brief amount of time I have known him it is easy to tell there is nobody more deserving of this opportunity. He is a caring, smart, intuitive, and one of the positive people I have ever known. I do not have any doubts that Garrett is going to do amazing things.

  • Garrett is a very deserving candidate for this scholarship. He is hard-working, extremely involved, and- his best and most important quality- an amazing friend. I have known Garrett since the 7th grade and I can easily vouch for his sincerity and openness with all people. His positive spirit encourages those around him to strive to be their best. I can’t wait to see all the things he will accomplish.

  • I have known Garrett for all four years of college and can say without a doubt that he is deserving of this scholarship. In all the clubs and organizations we have been in together, he has always been a leader who tries to create an inclusive environment for everyone. I am confident that in furthering his education in a master’s program he can achieve even greater things and reach his full potential. He is an exceptional individual and I hope to have the pleasure of knowing him for many years to come.

  • Garrett is a leader, friend, and ally on the University of Arizona campus. I can confidently attest that he is a role model and remarkable person, and he will definitely make a lasting impact in this world. Not only is he successful in his academic endeavors, but he has gone out of his way to become a great listener, mentor, and advocate for those who need strength. I am lucky to have Garrett in my life, and I truly hope that he is given the utmost consideration for this scholarship.

  • It is great to see how much of an impact Garrett has made both personally and professionally to the cause of equality!

  • I have known Garrett for over 4 years and he very committed to being involved on campus and
    has been very active in volunteering his time in different groups including: Spring
    Fling Business Staff, Co-Director for Community Development, ASUA Senate and Bear
    Down Camp. He has demonstrated his leadership skills and his desire to assist others while serving in these different organizations. Garrett’s enthusiasm, work ethic and dedication have
    made him a valuable member of these organizations. He possesses an
    incredible level of tenacity, perseverance and personal vision. It has been a pleasure to see him evolve in his leadership roles and I look forward in seeing where his journey takes him next.

  • Working with Garrett for only a short time, I have had the opportunity to see all that Garrett truly offers as a individual, leader, and future professional. Garrett’s enthusiasm for involvement and service encourages others to share a similar affinity for the programs. He is a great role model for all who interact with him, and displays his leadership abilities through managing multiple projects concurrently, always striving for improvement, and being the best version of himself on a daily basis. I believe Garrett’s best attribute is being honest with himself, and never having a fear of asking questions in order to do a project correctly the first time. I am SO excited to see where Garrett’s life takes him, and any company and/or community will be lucky to have him! Good luck Garrett! You certainly deserve this. Thank you for all you do, and the lives you’ve impacted!

  • Garrett is an absolutely amazing person and deserves this more than anyone I know. He is such a determined and ambitious individual. I have had the pleasure to grow and learn from Garrett throughout these past 4 years as we were in the same Senate class. We worked on several projects together and he was always such an amazing leader. Not only is he a great leader that demonstrates the highest potential, but he also truly cares about people and demonstrates passion each day. 🙂

  • Garrett is incredibly hard-working and driven in everything he does. I know that he will do great things wherever his life and career take him! He has incredible enthusiasm when meeting people and working with them and his leadership skills shine every day. His passion is contagious and he has worked extensively with all types of people and been a great leader on our campus. While I have worked with him for only a short amount of time, I have no doubt that he has taught me and others that he has worked with important skills and is a great mentor and leader! Good luck Garrett!

  • It has been an honor and such a blessing getting to know Garrett Voge in both a personal and professional setting over the past four years! He is a selfless friend, a true leader, and gives respect to every person he comes in contact with. In return, Garrett receives respect and is able to effectively lead the various organizations he is involved with on campus. Garrett challenges me to be a better person by displaying his compassion, thoughtfulness, and consideration to the people around him every day.

  • Garrett was the first non freshman friend I ever made during my freshman year. As much as I hate to say it, I looked up to Garrett a lot, he was funny, ridiculous smart, and one of the hardest working people I know. He is always willing to help everybody around him be successful, even tutoring me in accounting my sophomore year. If anybody deserves the DiversityJobs Scholarship it is Garrett, it would be a great award for an outstanding young man.

  • I have had the awesome opportunity to go to school with Garrett since kindergarden. And in the 16 years we have attended school together, I realized that he has such a passion for life and people. This passion is really reflected in all that he does whether it is his Management Information Systems or Accounting Classes, Mortar Board, or any of his commitments. I have always admired his skills, talents, and love of life. Anyone who has the opportunity to work with him is extremely lucky, I can’t wait to see the impact his has on the world.

  • Garrett look like a man with a strong desire to make a difference in our world today. His work will be greatly appreciated and applauded by those who are living with the fear to “come out” or the struggles they face for already coming out. He obviously has a great personality and has great work ethics, Good Luck Garrett!

  • Your money will be well invested in awarding this scholarship to Garrett Voge. Friendly, hard-working and determined to make a difference!

  • I had the pleasure of getting to know Garrett my freshman year at the University of Arizona as a neighbor and a fellow member of Yuma residence hall’s hall council. Anyone coming in contact with Garrett quickly recognizes him as an intelligent, humorous, easy-going guy with a remarkable willingness to offer his help and support to anyone and everyone he meets. As an out of state student away from home for the first time Garrett’s friendliness made me feel most welcome from day one.

  • Garrett Voge is such a compassionate and ambitious person that I’m positive that he would use this scholarship opportunity to help many people in the future.

  • Garrett Vog is an amazing, wonderful, hard-working person that deserves this scholarship more than anyone else! Good luck!

  • I interned with Garrett this summer in London, and he brought positive energy to every situation. His outlook on life continues to be an inspiration to me, and I can’t recommend him highly enough for this scholarship.

  • Garrett is extremely hard-working, and will go above and beyond to be there for someone when they need him. He is known on the University of Arizona campus as someone who looks to support diversity and multiculturalism in any way possible. In a world of many hierarchies of power, Garrett is constantly reevaluating his own intersections of sexuality in order to best understand systems of oppression among many identities. Garrett would be an excellent candidate for this scholarship!

  • I have known Garrett for my entire college career. He is one of the first people that I met in the dorms, and we have been involved in many of the same organizations throughout our time at the UA. Garrett, from the moment I met him, has been the type of person that is, if nothing else, exactly the person that HE wants to be. Regardless of the situation or the people around, you can always count on Garrett to be true to himself, open with everyone, and encouraging of others to do exactly the same. Garrett is and will be successful because of his drive, ability, and extremely magnetic personality. Award him this scholarship! He’s the man!

  • I have known Garrett since he first started high school. He is such a dedicated, hard-working individual who will stand by what he believes no matter what the circumstance. On top of that, he is a great friend who never ceases to put a smile on the faces of everyone around him. I know for a fact that he is going to do incredible things throughout his life. Garrett, you deserve this scholarship!

  • I met Garrett at OUBC. He is such a positive and inspirational role model for the LGBT community and the Accounting community. I highly recommend him for this scholarship.

  • Garrett and I worked together for the University of Arizona’s student government when I was Community Development Director and he was a Senator. It was an amazing experience to say the least. Garrett was reliable, flexible, inspiring, and, best of all, kept a positive attitude no matter what struggle or obstacle we ran into. He is a wonderful friend to all and a true source of inspiration for ALL!!! members of the community. He has brought so much joy, laughter and love to those around him and deserves this scholarship more than anyone I have met thus far. He is a true representative for people in his situation and a guiding light for those who are lost. Everyday, he made sure I felt I could be myself 100% and his smile let me know I would always have a friend in Garrett.

  • I met Garrett my Senior year of college. When I was tasked with managing the Student Government’s Youth Basketball and Cheer League, Garrett readily volunteered to assist in helping to handle the logistics of the program. In no time, his tenacity and leadership qualities allowed me to bestow him the responsibility of running the entire basketball side of the program and he did not let me down. Garrett was organized, driven and his magnetic personality inspired the youth involved in the program as well as the student coaches and referees. Garrett has maintained his involvement in the program which continues to see great successes. I am excited that Garrett is being recognized by DiversityJobs and am extremely proud of where he’s come and can’t wait to see what he accomplishes next!

  • I met Garrett last year in Freshman Class Council. As a junior, Garrett was one of the two head mentors for the group. From the minute I met Garrett, I knew he was an enthusiastic, hardworking, fun, dedicated individual who truly cares about everything he is involved in. Whether that is academics, campus clubs, ASUA senate, organizations or volunteer programs – he puts all his effort into it. He is respected by many of his peers at U of A students. He has made a huge impact on the wildcat community. I definitely believe Garrett deserves this scholarship!

  • I met Garrett freshman year of college. Throughout the last four years it has become apparent to me that he has a vibrant personality and the ambition to conquer every goal he sets for himself…but he is even more than that. He makes it a point to always make the people around him feel welcomed, included, and special. I began my time at U of A as a shy freshman, unable to even approach my neighbors in my dorm. However, after meeting Garrett, I was inspired to break out of my shell and soon realized that I would have the college experience I always dreamed about. He was a positive influence in my own life four years ago, and he hasn’t stopped helping others since then. His shows his devotion to the Tucson community by leading a children’s cheer/basketball league, serving as a role model to new U of A students as the director of Freshman Class Council, and so much more.

    He is, without a doubt, one of the most outstanding people I have ever met and it has been an honor to share our college experience together. If you have been lucky enough to interact with Garrett (even for just a few minutes) through this scholarship selection process, I know that you have seen these attributes as well. I’m also sure that he has made a positive difference in your life…just as he has in mine.

  • Garrett has been one of the most influential people in my college career. We met almost two years ago when we were accepted in the Chain Gang Junior Honorary. His positivity brightens the day of everyone he encounters, and his dedication to the University of Arizona throughout his four years here is practically unmatched. He strives to make everyone in a room feel included and part of the group, and is absolutely team player in every way. It is so hard for me to summarize my respect, admiration and love for Garrett without sounding like a broken record to what everyone else has said. He is an amazing man inside and out, someone you are proud to call an associate, and I am lucky enough to call a friend.

  • I have only known Garrett for a few months now, but he is the type of guy who changes your life. Garrett and I are the Associated Students of the University of Arizona’s Community Development Directors, and I would have never asked for a better partner. He is always professional, organized, enthusiastic, and one step ahead of everyone else. When we were pursuing sponsorships, Garrett received a phone call from a potential sponsor and was asked to persuade the company why they should sponsor the Cheer and Basketball League– within 30 seconds Garrett had them hooked and we received our sponsorship. On top of being one of the most involved students I have known, Garrett is admirable through his personality. He is incredibly outgoing, funny, and respected by his peers. Garrett has impacted my life in so many ways, and will surely leave an impression on others for the rest of his life!

  • There are very few people in this world that can balance honor level college classes with a dozen extracurricular programs, needless to say Garrett Voge will do it with a smile on his face. It almost seems unfair that a person of high intellect and excellent work ethic could also possess such incredible passion in every aspect of his life. No matter what Garrett pursues in life, whether it be a Masters, or Doctorate, or heading his own accounting firm, he will pursue it in the name of kindness and generosity, making him truly one in a billion.

  • Garrett Voge is one of the most hard working and passionate people I have ever had the pleasure to work with. He does not hesitate to do exactly what you ask of him with a big smile on his face. He deserves the best and I know that he will make a big positive impact on any community that he chooses to be involved in. He has managed for years to work hard, make new friends, and change things around the University of Arizona for the better, whether it was involving himself with RHA, ASUA, any other activity he has dedicated his time to. I couldn’t recommend him more highly for any sort of scholarship. He deserves some help as he pursues his dream of helping others.

  • I met Garrett in the Second grade (he was in First grade at the time) and he has been one of my closest friends to date. Hs embodies diversity and stands up for what is correct even if the majority is not in his favor. His diversity stems from his rich life experiences, his understanding and loving family and friends, and his hunger to experience life in full. Garrett is a hard worker, a strong mind, and a true friend.

    On a more personal note, Garrett and I have participated in many shared activities over the years. One was sports. We both played soccer in elementary school. He was actually quite good at soccer and I was not. We decided that we would try volleyball. We showed up at a Club Cactus mens try out and made the top 16s team. We were approximately 13 at the time playing with mostly 16 year olds (you would not guess it though because we towered over most of them). That season we won our first region title. We went on to play volleyball in High School and won 3 consecutive state championships together and several region titles.

    I went on to play volleyball at the University of Arizona, but Garrett became interested in a different activity. In High School Garrett started to participate in student council, and he continued this activity into his College years at the University of Arizona. But it was no longer just an activity. It was clear that Garrett was doing something he is truly passionate about. Our world is imperfect, but it is for this reason, passion, I wish Garrett all the best as he attempts to bring excellence to an otherwise imperfect world.

  • I have known Garrett since middle school and have remained very close friends with him since we worked together in student council in high school. Garrett was well-liked by all of his peers and faculty members because he was an extremely kind, intelligent, down to earth, hard working, loyal friend and student. Garrett is one of the most courageous individuals I know. He is an excellent representative for his peers and always true to his beliefs. He challenges commonly accepted notions, but listens to both sides of any argument before reaching a conclusion. He always has a positive, can-do attitude and a smile on his face. I cannot imagine any individual more deserving of this type of scholarship.

  • I met Garrett a couple of months ago at a LGBT business conference in New York City. From the start he was very inclusive with everyone around him. Instantly I knew that he was a kind and great person. After spending a couple more days at the conference with him this my initial impression was confirmed. After the conference, I did not think that I would hear from him again, I was wrong. We have kept in contact ever since and am very grateful that we have. From recent conversations I can tell that he is a very dedicated and hard working person. Wether that be in his organizations, career or school life. The most impressive part of all of this–is that I live in Texas and am able to see all of this through our friendship.

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