Webster Student Awarded National PFLAG Scholarship

Kendra Cross Kendra Cross, a 2014 gradaute of Kirkwood High School and a current Webster student, Receives PFLAG Scholarship

ST. LOUIS (Sept. 15, 2014) - PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) recently awarded Kirkwood High School graduate, Kendra Marie Klein Cross, a $2500 Scholarship in August 2014. Each year PFLAG offers scholarships to select students entering higher education who demonstrate an interest in service to the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community. Beginning this fall, attending Webster University as a Studio Art and Art Education double major, Kendra plans to continue to support the LGBT community.

“By being myself and instilling equality and acceptance, I hope to promote inclusion, open mindedness, and make a difference,” said Kendra in her PFLAG application.

Raised by two moms, and gay herself, Kendra is very involved with her church, Eliot Chapel, where she has cooked for the homeless, volunteered as a Sunday school teacher, and co-planned/hosted a regional youth conference. She served on a panel for the church’s sex education program, speaking to teens and their parents about safe sex for all sexual orientations. She’s been a buddy at the Special Olympics, active in Girl Scouting, and was a guest speaker for teachers at a school district conference on equality. Kendra served for three years as president of KHS’s Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), and was active with Growing American Youth, an organization for LGBTQ youth in St. Louis.

About PFLAG:Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation's largest family and ally organization. Made up of parents, families, friends, and allies united with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT), PFLAG is committed to advancing equality and full societal affirmation of LGBT people through its threefold mission of support, education, and advocacy. The St. Louis Chapter of PFLAG, one of the oldest in the nation, meets monthly in University City the third Saturday of each month and can be reached through their HELPLINE at 314-821-3524.