The Rainbow Chamber Foundation has awarded four $1,000 academic scholarships for the 2013-14 school year. Scholarship recipients for 2013-14 are: Sean Wilson, a Ph.D. candidate in Organic Chemistry at UC Davis; Melissa L. McTernan, a third-year graduate student in Quantitative Psychology at UC Davis; Trish Wallace, a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology at California Southern University; and Andrew Henkin, a Sacramento City College student who plans to finish his undergraduate degree at Sacramento State University.

            For more information about the 2013-14 Rainbow Foundation scholars, click here.

            Our Chamber is proud to continue providing resources for those in our community who are continuing their education,” said Chamber President Michael Sestak.

            “These four people represent our future,” said Chamber Vice President and Scholarship Chair Joey O’Shea. “They are going to be the ones out there in leadership roles, showing people how to be good role models.”

            Established by the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce in 2007 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to provide scholarships, support youth services and encourage philanthropic giving, the Foundation has awarded a total of 22 scholarships over the past six years. Scholars are selected by a committee of community leaders based on applicants’ academic achievements, community service and support for LGBT equality.

            Since 2008 the Foundation has contributed more than $50,000 academic scholarships and organizations such as the Sacramento Gay & Lesbian Center, national suicide prevention program Trevor Project, GSA Network, Transgender Law Center, Sacramento International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (SIGLFF), Rainbow Village LGBT elder housing project, and Equality California Institute.

            For more information about the Rainbow Foundation Scholarship program, visit