The PFLAG/HATCH Youth Scholarship Foundation was a combination of two scholarship programs previously offered by community organizations in Houston. In 1998, two non-profit organizations, PFLAG-Houston and Houston Area Teen Coalition of Homosexuals (H.A.T.C.H.), separately raised funds for scholarships but combined their efforts to jointly qualify youth applicants for scholarship awards. The project proved to be so successful that the two organizations decided in 1999 to incorporate a new, stand-alone foundation named the PFLAG/HATCH Youth Scholarship Foundation and used this new entity to unify their scholarship programs.
PFLAG/HATCH Youth Scholarship Foundation was formed as a tax-exempt entity separate from each of PFLAG-Houston and H.A.T.C.H., but each of these original sponsors continued contributions of time and resources. Many of the scholarship recipients are still involved in PFLAG or H.A.T.C.H., which is now operated by the Montrose Center.
With incredible support from the community, we have been able to award scholarships only because of those investing in students year after year. Writing one of the first checks for the organization, Curtis Wolff – a native Houstonian – invests in the top female and male student every awards season. Because of his support, we are lucky enough to award two students with a $10,000 scholarship every year.