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GWSS Major Spencer Czech Wins Prestigious Birkelo Scholarship

April 26, 2017

Photo of Spencer Czech speaking to homeless youth
Spencer Czech speaking at an event supporting services to end homeless youth specifically addressing LGBTQ youth. Photo courtesy of Spencer Czech.

"As a first generation, non-traditional student, college has been quite interesting to navigate. I have worked full-time throughout my entire college career that first began at Minneapolis Community and Technical College in 2012. I currently work full-time as the LGBTQ Case Manager for homeless, underserved, and underrepresented youth in St. Paul where I assist queer and trans youth overcome barriers to become more independent adults. I have recently accepted a job at UMPhysicians Center for Sexual Health that I feel prepared to excel in as a result of using both my personal experiences and the tools provided to me by the GWSS department. Pairing my personal experiences as a queer, transmasculine, and former homeless youth with the knowledge taught through the GWSS department, I am prepared to effectively deliver intersectional, trauma informed, and person-centered care to improve the lives of queer and trans people navigating the health care system. My goal is to obtain a Master's in Public Health that I will use to improve the services provided by the health care system relating specifically to trans and queer people. I am very honored and grateful to receive the Selmo Birkelo scholarship as it will assist me in achieving my dreams and help shape a better future."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      – Spencer Czech             
About the Selmer Birkelo Scholarship
The Selmer Birkelo Scholarship provides one year of scholarship support for approximately 14 outstanding CLA students majoring in fields relating to history, modern languages, classics, or the social and behavioral sciences. To be considered for a Birkelo Scholarship, students must be nominated to the Office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education by their major department. The award is considered on the basis of academic merit, with particular attention paid to depth of study in the major, general breadth of coursework, and clarity of academic purpose. For more information about the Scholarship, visit CLA's list of Scholarships for Continuing Students.