The Equality Winston-Salem Scholarship was established in 2013 to provide scholarships for students who have shown leadership and vision in a Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA) at their school or in the general LGBTQ community if no such alliance exists within the school. This year Equality Winston-Salem will award up to $3,500 to deserving student applicants. Scholarship monies will be applied to the cost of undergraduate tuition, fees, room and board, and/or other college expenses.

Since 2013, EWS has awarded a total of $5,000 to seven high school seniors. In 2015, the scholarship was renamed the Kevin Jennings Equality Winston-Salem Scholarship to honor the generosity of Mr. Jennings and acknowledge the struggles he overcame as a gay teenager in the 1970s in Winston-Salem/ Forsyth County. See below for past scholarship recipients.

Please feel free to pass along or download the EWS 2015 scholarship to any graduating senior who might be a good candidate for the scholarship. Our goal is to ensure that all WS/FC high schools received the scholarship announcement and can forward it to the appropriate students.

All scholarship applications must be received no later than Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 5pm.

SELECTION: Scholarship recipient(s) will be selected by Monday, May 4, 2015 and will be contacted by an Equality Winston-Salem representative. Scholarship finalists may be invited to an in person interview before scholarships are awarded.

2014 EWS Scholarship flyer[1]





scholar announce flyer[1]

THIS WEEK EQUALITY WINSTON-SALEM hosts inaugural fundraising event for North Star LGBT Center

Meet IN GOOD COMPANY Keynote Speaker John Stotler

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We are pleased to welcome John Stotler to Winston-Salem this Thursday, November 13 for IN GOOD COMPANY–a fundraising event honoring organizations in Winston-Salem and surrounding communities that celebrate workplace nondiscrimination.

John Stotler has held a variety of technology roles in both the Technology and Operations Group and the business in over 13 years with Wells Fargo. He currently manages the Enterprise Talent Planning and Development Technology Group, which is responsible for the enterprise learning and talent management systems.

Stotler is the President of Wells Fargo’s PRIDE Team Member Network, which has more than 45 chapters and over 6,000 members. He has also previously served on both the TOG and Information Services Line of Business Diversity Councils. Stotler has been actively involved with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the Charlotte, N.C., area for over a decade. He recently spent five years on the board of the LGBT Community Center, which is an organization that provides programming and events to support the LGBT community of the greater Charlotte metropolitan area, serving two years as board chair. Previously, he held board positions with OutCharlotte, Charlotte Pride and Carolina Celebration, all nonprofit organizations that support the LGBT community.

Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Stotler worked as an information technology consultant with financial and energy companies in Richmond, Va., and Charlotte. In his spare time, Stotler enjoys traveling and live music. He lives in Charlotte with his two dogs Mosby and Ginger.




This Thursday, November 13, 2014 Equality Winston-Salem will host IN GOOD COMPANY from 6-9pm at the Grand Pavilion Ballroom in the Twin City Quarter in downtown Winston-Salem. 

This year marks the 12th anniversary of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The Index measures the degree to which corporations across America embrace workplace diversity and demonstrate fair practices for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) employees.

While HRC has recognized LGBT-friendly corporations at national and state galas, Winston-Salem has never properly acknowledged and celebrated local employees and corporate affiliates for their commendable workplace practices. Local organizations with scores ranging from 80-100 on the Index include Bank of America, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Food Lion, Kilpatrick Townsend, Pepsico, Suntrust, Wells Fargo, and Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice.

IN GOOD COMPANY is an event to honor and celebrate LGBT-friendly employers and their employees. Local LGBT-friendly small businesses, nonprofits and open and affirming faith communities will also be invited to the celebration. All proceeds from IN GOOD COMPANY will benefit North Star LGBT Community Center in Winston-Salem. The Center opened in September 2013 with a mission to enrich the lives of the LGBT community by providing a safe and accepting place for people of all ages and backgrounds. For more information on North Star, please visit northstarlgbtccc.com.

 There are many ways your organization can participate:

– Event/table sponsorships for corporations are available at the $500, $1000, $2,500 and $5,000 level (see RESERVE A TABLE tab for details)

– Event/table sponsorships for small businesses/nonprofits are available at the $250, $500, $1250 and $2500 level (see RESERVE A TABLE for details).

– Companies may purchase full or half tables seating a total of eight to ten employees/guests. Individual seats are $100/corporate guest and $50 for small business/nonprofit guest.

– Companies may sponsor tables for nonprofit or local community organizations (including local high school Gay Straight Alliance clubs).

– Encourage LGBT employees and allies to serve as corporate ambassadors for the event.

– Nominate an LGBT employee or ally who has demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion within your organization to be recognized as an IN GOOD COMPANY inaugural award recipient.

We hope you will join us for this important inaugural event celebrating workplace diversity.

Thank you for supporting Equality Winston-Salem, North Star LGBT Community Center, IN GOOD COMPANY and a more inclusive community. Equality Winston-Salem is a temporary fund of The Winston-Salem Foundation. North Star LGBT Community Center is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible.


Organizations/Businesses interested in becoming a sponsor, please download our Sponsorship form and mail to:

Equality Winston-Salem
PO Box 20482
Winston-Salem, NC 27120-0482

For more information on North Star, please visit www.northstarlgbtcc.com.

For more information about “In Good Company,” please contact Equality Winston-Salem: equalitywinstonsalem@gmail.com.