The Cal Pride Scholarship is a one-year, merit-based award that recognizes sophomores, juniors, and seniors at UC Berkeley and incoming transfer students for academic achievement, leadership, and community involvement, as well as their contribution to the LGBTQ community. This scholarship is supported by Cal Pride, the LGBTQ alumni club of UC Berkeley. Its mission is to support and promote the interests of UC Berkeley and its alumni, with an emphasis on issues and interests specific to the LGBTQ community.
CAA is excited to honor our three recipients of the Cal Pride Scholarship in 2020-2021.
Lindsey (they/them) is a fourth-year student at UC Berkeley studying social welfare and statistics. They are proud to be empowering minorities within the queer and trans community through their leadership with T-Cal, Berkeley’s transgender support group, and GIA MAG, a QTPOC arts magazine on campus. Outside of school and community work, Lindsey enjoys biking around the Bay, playing piano, and eating fruit.
Nilufar Kayhani is the daughter of Afghan refugees, a transfer student, and intends on studying public health. This past year, she co-founded SofrehSalamati, a health education initiative by and for Afghan immigrant women, to teach about sexual and reproductive health. Aside from this, she is involved in #MeTooInMedicine, a movement that promotes awareness about gender-based violence within the fields of medicine and healthcare. Nilufar’s identities inform her commitment to intersectionality; she hopes to attend graduate school to conduct intersectional research to alleviate health disparities that communities face.
Hi, my name is Neha Sharma and I use they/them pronouns. I am a first-generation, low-income, Asian Indian student. I am a third-year legal studies major and the current Programming Director for the Queer Alliance Resource Center (QARC). I strive to create safe spaces, support the health of my peers, and advocate for our community, especially QT BIPOC.