J.C./Lady Graytop Memorial Scholarship Fund

Purpose of Scholarship

The J.C./Lady Graytop Memorial Scholarship Fund, established in 1977, is a permanent memorial to Emperor J.C. AKA James Christiansen and Empress Lady Graytop AKA James Torchia, vibrant members of the LGBT Community and The Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle & the Olympic and Rainier Empire (I.S.C.S.O.R.E.). Since its inception, we have awarded over $60,000 in various scholarships to deserving students.

These scholarships are provided annually to deserving students who support our organization’s goals of:

  • Enhancing self esteem,
  • Recognizing diversity,
  • Supporting personal development and
  • Acknowledgement of human rights.

We believe that by encouraging the pursuit of these goals, we are helping individuals develop their potential and thereby further enhancing the future of our community.

Thus, preference is given to students who self-identify as LGBT, members of LGBT families, or straight allies who have been strongly supportive of the LGBT community.

General Criteria for Scholarship

All applicants must:

  • Be legal residents of the State of Washington
  • Use the scholarship for tuition and/or books only
  • Have a clear and purposeful education goal
  • Have a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher or other applicable indicators of potential academic success.
  • Have demonstrated sensitivity to and support of the above stated goals of our organization.

General Criteria for Awarding Scholarships

The Scholarship Committee will use, but is not limited to, the following information to determine eligibility for awarding a scholarship(s):

  • Academic performance and potential
  • Response to essay question
  • Civic and School related activities
  • Letters of Recommendation

Additional Requirements/Information

Each award will become effective only when the recipient is enrolled as a full time student, no later than eight (8) months after the award date.

The recipient will be responsible for having the institution notify the Scholarship Committee of enrollment verification and providing the institution’s mailing address.

Upon receipt of enrollment verification from the designated institution, the Scholarship

Committee will forward a check in the amount of the award to the institution.

Recipient(s) will be contacted by letter, telephone and/or e-mail and invited to attend the awards ceremony at the I.S.C.S.O.R.E. Coronation Ball, to be held in every February. The scholarship(s) will be announced and certificates of awards will be presented and made public.


J.C./Graytop Memorial Scholarship Fund
Attn: Scholarship Committee

1122 East Pike St, PMB #1300
Seattle, WA 98122

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