Scholarship apps available

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Time Out Youth (TOY) has announced that its Neil and Tim Griffin Scholarship Fund is searching for LGBTQ-identified youth who are seeking to earn a two-year or four-year undergraduate degree.

Two $1,250 scholarships are awarded annually and are non-renewable.

Eligibility is based upon the candidate’s being under the age of 21 as of May 1 of the year of application, a resident of Mecklenburg County (or a county that TOY serves in the Carolinas) and planning to enroll as a full-time, degree-seeking student at an accredited academic or vocational North Carolina or South Carolina institution in the summer or fall of the application year.

Applicants must submit their completed application by May 3 to be considered for this year. Also, official transcript(s) of coursework, as well as two recommendation forms from non-related adults. Additionally, an up-to-date, typed resume must accompany the paperwork, along with a one- to two-page personal statement expressing why the applicant desires the scholarship and intended educational and career goals.

Selection will be based upon financial need and dedication to becoming a self-sufficient, productive member of the community.

Submit materials to: The Neil & Tim Griffin Scholarship Fund Committee, Time Out Youth, 1900 The Plaza, Charlotte, NC 28205.


TOY moving to NoDa

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jeremy Carter, president of the board of directors of Time Out Youth (TOY), has announced that the organization will be moving in June to 2300-B N. Davidson St.

The new space is a block down from The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte.

Relocation was prompted by the need for additional space for its growing programming for LGBT youth.

TOY is seeking contributions in anticipation of the move to help the organization continue its work for the community. They will use contributions to help increase services that include: space for groups, training and artistic projects; storage, laundry and kitchen for homeless youth; private counseling office, computer lab and quiet study area; and youth group with sofas, snacks, games and TV in a homey environment.

The new facility is convenient to bus lines with safe, secure parking and building access.


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Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.