School of Nursing and Health Studies

Montana Gray Memorial Scholarship

Montana Gray Memorial Scholarship

 

Application for this scholarship of $500 awarded winter quarter 2019 opens Thursday, September 27 with a deadline of Monday, November 26. The application will be available on this website starting September 27, 2018. Download a flyer.

The Montana Gray Memorial Scholarship is specifically designated for students enrolled in the School of Nursing and Health Studies.  A donor created the award in memory and recognition of his longtime and dearest friend Montana Gray.

The purpose of the scholarship is to help a nontraditional student pursuing a Master of Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing or a Bachelor of Arts in Health Studies. 

Eligibility

Any full or part-time student who has been admitted to or is currently enrolled in any of the degree programs listed above may apply.  In addition to having achieved a strong academic record, candidates shall have an interest in improving the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals/communities.  Financial need will be given strong consideration.

Application

We anticipate a fall or winter scholaship to become available. Please check back.

About Montana Gray

Montana was a loving, kind, and compassionate human being.  Dreams of an acting career influenced Montana to attend the University of Louisville Theatre Arts Department, but that opportunity ended after one year to return home to work and support her immediate family.  Montana was not one to give up on the pursuit of entertaining and seeking applause.  She worked as an accomplished entertainer throughout the state of Ohio and won several pageant titles including Miss W.G. Magic, Miss Gay Queen City and Miss Gay Cincinnati America.  

Montana self-identified as a Trans gender woman during a time and in a socially situated place where access to culturally sensitive and meaningful healthcare was very limited.  As a result, she resorted to purchasing hormones on the black market and having industrial grade silicone injected into her face and hips.  Silicone injection and illegal hormones present significant health risks to women.  Silicone solidifies, becomes hard, and can migrate in a person’s body.  Illegal hormones without the care of a medical provider has been linked to clots in the heart, lungs, brain, and legs.  Montana died at the age of 44 due to cardiac arrest from a blood clot in her coronary arteries.   

The purpose of the scholarship is to help a nontraditional student who is pursuing a SNHS degree.  Any full or part-time student who has been admitted to or is currently enrolled in SNHS can apply.  In addition to having achieved a strong academic record, candidates shall have an interest in improving the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals/communities.  Financial need will be given strong consideration.