Application Information

Due to the large number of applications in 2015, we have extended the deadline to notify finalists. If you are a finalist, a JCF representative will contact you by email on or before February 15, 2016. If you are not contact by JCF, we invite you to apply again when applications open in 2016. Thank you!


Barriers to Care Still Prevalent for Transpeople in the US

The story of Caitlyn Jenner’s journey has made headlines across the world in recent weeks. However, most transpeople still face significant barriers to accessing self-affirmative health care. In this article, Jim Collins Foundation President, Kylie Aquino, discusses the obstacles to care that many … read more

Our Grant Recipients

2015 Grant Recipient Alexandria Fresh

My first step in self acknowledgement was in 8th grade when I came out to my mother, telling her that I was attracted to men but did not like being called gay. My attraction was like any other girl my age. Later on, I met my first transwoman at the age of 14. She was a pageant girl from Atlanta, and she was absolutely beautiful. I was fascinated with how she became who she was, and the more she … read more

2015 Grant Recipient Alexander

At 34 years old, I have lived a few lifetimes of pain and what seems to be bad luck. To the point where I just begin laughing about it, it was like a routine. It took me years to finally realize that by surviving, I had become a stronger person with enough compassion to want to make a difference in the lives of others. When I got the call about being one of the grantees of the Jim Collins … read more

2015 Grant Recipient Rose Groeschel

At first, I didn't think there was anything wrong me. I knew I was a girl, until my preschool teacher told me I couldn't play with the kitchen set at playtime. I cried and told her, "I have the same one at home. Why can't I play with this one?" Her answer was the beginning of a journey down a dark lonely road. "It's for girls," she said, "You're not a girl, you're a boy. Boys play with boys' toys; … read more

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