Sandhills PRIDE, a support network and educational advocacy group dedicated to increasing awareness and acceptance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the Sandhills, has announced the recipients of their annual scholarship.

The four awardees are high school seniors Madelaine Bradley, Lauren Dunlap, Julia Locklear, and LaShonda Sousa. They have each received $2,500 in scholarship funds.

Madelaine Bradley is a student at Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines. She has been involved in Girl Scouts, orchestra, and theatre throughout her education. She is also an officer for Spectrum, Pinecrest’s gay/straight alliance club. Madelaine plans on attending either Meredith College or Guilford College and majoring in Mass Communications with a minor in Women’s Studies.

Lauren Dunlap attends North Moore High School in Robbins. She is a leader in the marching band and is involved in theatre. Lauren plans on attending Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, where she will major in Nursing.

Julia Locklear and LaShonda Sousa are both seniors at Gray’s Creek High School in Hope Mills.

Julia is involved in the Gray’s Creek High School Gay Straight Alliance and the Slam Poetry club. Julia plans on attending the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, majoring in Mass Communications in Broadcasting.

LaShonda is a member of Girls Expecting More Success and is a captain of the Speech and Debate team. She is also an officer for the Gray’s Creek High School Gay Straight Alliance. LaShonda plans on attending the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she will major in Finance and Accounting.

Sandhills PRIDE will be celebrating these students with a banquet on Saturday, May 4.

Tickets may be purchased from their Facebook page, or at Ticket cost includes dinner and dessert.

The mission of Sandhills PRIDE is to unite, celebrate, and serve LGBTQ people, their allies, and sister organizations by providing social engagement, service, education, and leadership in the Sandhills region of North Carolina. Sandhills PRIDE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Pinehurst. Sandhills PRIDE relies on donations to fund scholarships and activities.

To donate to Sandhills PRIDE, visit For more information, send an email to [email protected].



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