Youth Leadership Awards

The SMYAL LGBT Youth Leadership Awards recognize student leaders who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and impact in their school or communities. These post-secondary scholarships provide a total of up to $25,000 to 5-8 students a year in honor of their leadership as they continue their education. Individual scholarships of up to $5,000 each are paid directly to winners to help offset the cost of tuition, books, materials, housing, travel, and other expenses associated with school.

Since 2015, the YLAs have awarded $107,000 to 41 student leaders, learn more about our past winners below!

Previous Winners

2023 Winners

Diya Bardwell

Diya Bardwell (they/she) is a natural-born leader, taking on several...

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Kadin Elwain

Kadin Elwain (he/him) focuses his leadership and activism on the...

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Kailah Floyd

Kailah Floyd’s (she/her) leadership began in her family. When coming...

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Kasey Brown

Kasey Brown (she/her) is determined to preserve the LGBTQ+ community’s...

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Perry Sovich

Perry Sovich (they/he/she) showcases how leadership is about advocating and...

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2022 Winners

Emmy Knuppel

Emmy Knuppel (she/they/he), the first recipient of Sophie’s Live Out...

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Ario F.

Ario F. (they/she) is passionate about using their identity to...

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Amiyah Taylor

Amiyah Taylor (they/them) is a 23-year-old student seeking higher education...

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2021 Winners

Jordan Clark

Jordan Clark (he/him), a 2021 graduate of Wakefield High School,...

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2020 Winners

2019 Winners

2018 Winners

Zion Miller

Zion Miller is a senior at Stonewall Jackson High School,...

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Elizabeth Moore

Elizabeth Moore graduated from Lake Braddock Secondary School in Virginia....

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Reeves Gift

Reeves Gift is a Trinidadian-American filmmaker who strives to heal...

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2017 Winners

Joshua Horvath

Joshua is being recognized for his involvement in Wilson’s Gay-Straight...

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2016 Winners

2015 Winners