Eddie's Future Greatness Awards
The $500 Eddie “Future Greatness” award supports and promotes higher education. This award is dedicated to helping youth with the desire and ambition to succeed. It is available to all LGBTQ youth and their allies, 16-26, who are registered in an accredited post secondary institution. Four $500 awards are given each year: two in the Spring semester (deadline March 16th) and two in the Fall semester (deadline September 16th). All applicants must identify as LGBTQ or an ally, and be between the ages of 16-26 years of age.
Eddie's Future Greatness Fund was established by community members Laura Serway, Cindy Seymour and Paul Mahalick; in memory of Eddie Kirsteins who passed away in January 2012 at the age of 31.
Eddie worked alongside Cindy, whom he often referred to as his second mother. He and Cindy shared a strong friendship. “He just wanted to do good without any recognition for his deeds,” said Cindy. “Eddie would hand in all of his tips for a family in need or throw fifty dollars in a charity bucket at the mall.” It is in this same spirit that the fund will provide scholarship and general and emergency funding for Q Center youth.
Eddie attended both Mohawk Valley and Onondaga Community Colleges but died before completing a degree. Q Center development associate Maureen Harrington O’Neill said completing an education is often difficult for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. “Given the statistics that LGBTQ youth are three times more likely to drop out of high school, investing in education is one of the best things we can do.”
“While his time here was short, he lived and loved with everything he had,” said Cindy. “We’ll keep his memory alive by helping young people accomplish the things he wanted but didn’t have time to achieve.”
Rules and regulation guidelines for the Eddie Future Greatness Fund Award- Click here to read terms & conditions
To donate to or learn more about Eddie's Future Greatness Fund, contact events@ACRHealth.org or call 800.475.2430.