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Source: Jonathan Mertz, 785-341-4173,
News release prepared by: Kayela Richard, 785-532-1546,

Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011


MANHATTAN -- Efforts to make the Manhattan community more inclusive have earned three Kansas State University students scholarships from the Flint Hills Human Rights Project.

Bradley Stanley, senior in public health and nutrition, Downs, and Joelyn Foy, graduate student in curriculum and instruction, Manhattan, are receiving the Flint Hills Human Rights Project's Praxis Scholarship for their service to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, intersex and questioning community.

The scholarship rewards college students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, who have demonstrated positive reaffirmation for the community through their service, artistic, academic research, activism or advocacy efforts.

"This year our winners demonstrate that there is no one right way to be an activist," said Jonathan Mertz, chair of the board of the Flint Hills Human Rights Project.

"Jo has been very involved in the community with several organizations and her research on the process of coming out in high school will be invaluable to educators," he said. "Bradley has used entertainment, as his alter ego Victoria Fox, to educate and raise significant funds for the community," Mertz said.

In addition to the two Praxis Scholarships, the Flint Hills Human Rights Project awarded a special Merit Scholarship to K-State's Samuel Brinton, senior in nuclear engineering and vocal music performance, Manhattan, for his leadership in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, intersex and questioning community.