Scholarships

Side by Side has two youth scholarships, the Carol Storey Memorial Scholarship and the Michael B. Huntley & Beth Panilaitis Scholarship.

To Apply Applicant Must Submit:

  • Completed application and three part essay question.

  • A copy of your college/university/trade school acceptance letter.

  • A copy of your high school transcript (or, if in college, college transcript)

  • One letter of recommendation from an academic or community reference. Letters cannot come from family members of the applicant, Side by Side staff or volunteers. References should submit letter of recommendation directly to Side by Side.

Applications must be received by June 1, 2017 and should be sent to Jess Cook or Side by Side, PO Box 5542, Richmond, VA 23220.


Carol Storey Memorial Scholarship

Carol was an avid gardener, a loving mother and grandmother, a Side By Side supporter, and a fashion icon! She gave her time and resources to help further LGBT causes and made the world better for LGBT youth and adults alike. Carol especially believed in the mission of Side by Side and wanted LGBT youth to have the support and advocacy they deserve.


Michael B. Huntley & Beth Panilaitis Scholarship

A New York native, Michael Huntley graduated Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts in 1980. This was following a four-year stint in the Navy during the Viet Nam War. The founder of Huntley Design, Michael was the recipient of numerous recognitions, but none brought him more joy than teaching as adjunct faculty in VCU’s Department of Arts and Design. He loved his students and was dedicated to helping them reach their fullest potential.

Michael died at the age of 51 in 2004 after three months of living with ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  “It is truly an honor to remember my life-partner through a Side by Side scholarship” says scholarship founder Bill Harrison. "Michael was an early supporter of (then ROSMY) Side by Side when the organization was first established and very much believed in the Side by Side mission, as do I."

Beth Panilaitis served as the Executive Director of Side by Side (then ROSMY) from 2010-2015.  During those 5 years she oversaw tremendous growth in the organization.  Under Beth’s leadership, ROSMY created the first transgender support group for youth in Virginia and began the first ever LGBTQ+ group for middle school youth in the country. Beth was and still is a true leader in the LGBTQ+ community of Central Virginia.  “Her leadership has been of great value not only to LGBTQ+ youth, but also to me as a friend and colleague.  I wanted to honor Beth’s work by including her as part of this scholars,” says Bill Harrison.