The Shippensburg University PAGE Center is proud to offer an inaugural scholarship known as the Marsha P. Johnson & Sylvia Rivera Legacy Award. Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera were proud co-conspirators in the movement for queer & trans rights. Marsha P. Johnson, a Black trans woman, was present at the Stonewall Riots. Sylvia Rivera, a trans Latina woman, and Marsha P. Johnson co-founded STAR (Street Transvestite Activist Revolutionaries), a house for homeless queer & trans folks. Sylvia and Marsha engaged in sex work to provide homeless queer & trans folks shelter and food and to keep others from having to engage in survival sex work. Together, they fought for trans people, LGBTQ people of color, and incarcerated and homeless queer & trans folks, all of whom were ostracized from the Gay Liberation movement. This award honors their legacy by providing a scholarship to a queer or trans student who displays an active commitment to social change.


To be eligible for the scholarship  a student must meet the following qualifications:

  • Must be a currently enrolled Shippensburg University student (undergraduate or graduate), an incoming student who has completed at least one semester at another university or college, or a Shippensburg University student returning who has previously completed at least one semester at the university.
  • Our scholarships are available to undocumented/DACA students, as well as international students. Applicants with questions or concerns about this may contact our office. 
  • Priority is given to Black and Brown trans/nonbinary students and secondary priority to Black and Brown queer students.


Applications will open Spring 2022.