KarMel Scholarship
Congratulations to the 2008 Winners!
Best Artistic
Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Transgender Themed Work
2008 Runner-Up & Special Awards
Due to the outstanding quality of the submissions we received, additional awards were presented. 
Let's congratulate these winners as well! 
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"The Chance"
Kalil Cohen - CA
Melody's Favorite ($100)
Karen's Favorite ($100)
Runner Up - Written ($100 each)
Runner Up - Artistic ($100 each)
"Buddy Roll"

Last Updated Feb 1, 2012
"La Lune Vrai"
(Dance Video)
Jack Moebius - MN

An intimate abstract dance portrait of the emotional cycle of coming to terms with ones homosexuality.  The film tries to capture one being trapped yet trying to move in their own skin, finding every movement possible yet resorting to old ways of "normalcy" or comfort, only to finally find the door in which one can explore life with acceptance." - Jack

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"Different Pieces, Same Feelings"
(Unique Art)
Chelsea Patarini - AK

"Dried and ripped pieces of clay painted red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple spiraling up to form a heart." - Chelsea

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"Straight or Gay"
Special Judges' Award ($100)
All works on this website belong solely to the authors and artists who created them. 
Do not use or reproduce anything without permission from the KarMel Scholarship.
"A poem about the relationship I have had with a lesbian foster parent." - Anonymous

An excerpt:
"I came to liver with her,
When I was in my teens,
After having lived a life
Of many shattered dreams.

She was my fifth home
And I her third teen,
Because in foster are
I would be until eighteen.

I was straight
And she was gay.
And when I turned eighteen
I planned to break away

But, the impact of life
Had dealt me a blow.
After all of these chaos
I was feeling so low."

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Best Written
Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Transgender Themed Work
2008 Honorable Mention Awards
This year we decided to award honorable mention awards by media and subject.  We wanted to showcase the best of the best!
"Dear Sisters"
(Letter to Sisters)
Amanda Helton - MI

"An email I wrote to my sisters earlier this year thanking them for all the support and for everything that they have done to make me who I am today.  Without them I wouldn't have survived our mother's initial rejection of my bi-sexuality, nor had the strength to come out to my school and everyone else.  They found this scholarship for me and told me I was to apply at least once with this letter or they'd do it for me.  So here it is." - Amanda

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Most Unique Idea ($50):
"Marching Through History" by Melissa Goczalk - NH

Best Sensual ($50):
"Mary & Lylah" by Leticia Palmer - GA
Best From Family/Friend of Gay Person ($50):
"My Family" by Amy Rogers - NY
Best Bi-Sexual ($50):
"Stuck in the Middle" by Jennifer Leyting - GA
"New to the Closet" by Sarah Lentz - WA
Best Transgender ($50):
"Robert(a)" by Alicia Moore - SC
Best Gay Pride ($50):
"Proud of Who I Am" by Christine Thomas - NJ
Best Gay Marriage($50):
"Kara and Kayla's Future Plan" by Kara Hurtado - TX
"The Wedding PIcture" by Yamuna Menon - CT
Best Comic ($50):
"QAF Season 1 Recap" by Barry Sherman - VT
Best Slam/Spoken Word($50):
"Boy's Thoughts" by Adi Fritz - NY
"What Was it Like" by Anonymous
Best Drawing ($50):
"Set Free" by Erick Chavez - WA
Best Painting ($50):
"True Woman" by Kelly Burns - IN
"Gay Agenda" by Sage Trail - OR
Best Photo ($50):
"Brighter" by Sara Antonson - MN
Best Essay($50):
"Equality" by Michael Mandrell - IL
Best Fictional Story ($50):
"Wishing in Tunnels" by Maisha Foster-O'Neal - OR
Best Poem ($50):
"Monsters" by Amanda Miller - MD
A "Gay, Lesbian, Bi and Transgender" Themed Scholarship
By Media
By Subject
2005 Winners
"We were truly amazed at the quality and creativity put forth by all the applicants this year. 
We received more than 910 submissions from 520 applicants, and awarded a total of $2,900. 
Come view the wonderful submissions we received!  Enjoy!"  -
Karen and Melody (July 18, 2008)
Comments, feedback or questions?  Please email us at: karmelscholarship@gmail.com
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2008 Submissions!
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Best Slideshow ($50):
"The One I Love" by Natalie Dorsey - SC
"Fear is Only a Verb if You Let it Be" by Anonymous

"Written poem about gay pride + gay rights and the necessity to "break the silence" surrounding homophobia." - Anonymous

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"Buddy Roll"

"Written poem about the effects of coming out on my relationship wiht my dad" - Anonymous

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"A hip hop song I wrote and performed after getting top surgery last year.  It's about becoming stronger and happier, and being an activist for LGBT issues for all the youth that are coming up after me." - Kalil

An excerpt:
"They're gone from my chest, those lumps of flesh.
I always knew they would go, these days are the best.
I got this weight off my chest, along with the rest .
Along with the self hatred, reppression and stress.

Realized I am whole through mutiliation
Through making my body my own creation.
Being true to myself for my own mental health
Means living for me and defining my ownself.

If I don't do it it now, who would do it for me?
If I don't do it now, who would do it for he?
Or she?
Or ze?
All those coming up after me.  
I got the chance to know
What it means to be free."

Listen to the song.
"One in Five"
(Fictional Story)
Cherae Clark
- United Kingdom

Five gay and lesbian youth confront the issues of HIV in their society when approaching the idea of getting tested themselves." - Charae

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"A Man at Heart"

" A poem to my mother describing my personal feeling that I was meant to be and consider myself as a man.  A feeling I bemoaned very much while growing up especially when I began to develop breasts and when most girls did not show interest in me as being the same gender.  I find women terribly appearling not only aesthetically but in a purely sexual an dexcitingly sensual affectionate light.  I have felt all my life and with all my heart that I am supposed to be a man as though someone had erred in creating me as a woman."

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"Kiss the Bride"
Lauren Yarger - PA

Two brides share their first kiss as beloved wives.  This piece was for an assignment for my high school art class.  We had to take a quote and either and either show a reaction or a solution to it and someone incorporate puzzle pices to show how each of us plays a part in solving the issues of today.  I chose a quote by Paul Cameraon, "Homosexual unions are not based around lifetime commitments. "  As you can see, I showed how wrong he was.  The rainbow puzzle pieces around the border show how each of us, whether gay, bi, straight, questioning, etc., can join together to end homophobia." - Lauren

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"My Copious Prize"
(Dance Video)
Travis Ammann - CA

A dance (duet) choreagraphed/performed by myself.  About the struggles and triumphs any couple including gays go through.  proving the point that live is love, always..."

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Best Editorial ($50):
"Taking a stand" by Katherine Dettman - CA
Best Coming Out ($50):
"Persornal Story" by Gregory Chin - MA
"Unexpected Realization" by Matt Seymore - OH
Best Love ($50):
"The Connection" by Brianna Cottrill - CA
Best Overcoming Obstacle ($50):
"...And I Never Looked Back" by Toni Palermo - FL
"Alliance, Allegiance, and Perseverance" by Samantha Cannon - AP
Best Religion/Faith ($50):
"A Journey with God" by Donnie Hyso - IN