Meet the 2011 Point Scholars

BY Advocate.com Editors

June 08 2011 2:30 AM ET

2011 POINT SCHOLARS KAILIN KAUFFMAN JEWELL X560 | ADVOCATE.COM

Kailin Kauffman-Jewell
- from Madison, Wis.
- pursuing a BA in political science/government at the University of Wisconsin, Madison

How do you feel your Point Scholarship will change or help your future?
The leadership training Point provides will help me to further my knowledge and build networking from which to draw strength. Point’s mentoring program will help me to navigate the challenges I will face in college as a lesbian woman. A Point Scholarship will help me focus my energy on activism instead of on making ends meet. Point will create opportunities for me through access to a community of diverse and dedicated individuals. As I move forward, Point Foundation’s leadership training, mentoring, and financial support will be an incredible source of hope.

In conjunction with Point, how do you wish to make difference in the LGBT community?
With Point, I will make a difference in the LGBT community through continued activism and volunteering. The work of battling homophobia and discrimination through educational activism is very important to me. I plan to continue and expand upon this work with the help of Point Foundation. Point will help me to do this by providing networking and brainstorming opportunities, as well as feedback and support from a mentor. This summer I plan to continue my internship with Fair Wisconsin, working toward marriage equality. I also plan to become involved with several LGBT organizations at the UW Madison, as I’ve done in my high school Gay Straight Alliance, to help support students in their journeys coming out and in navigating campus life. My interaction with the Point community so far has been inspiring, and I am sure it will continue to inspire me in my choices of volunteer and career work.
 

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