After appearing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and receiving $25,000, Brooklyn Owen, formerly known as Seth Owen, put together a team of educators and students, who have volunteered countless hours with marginalized communities, to start Unbroken Horizons Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
In her sophomore year of high school, Brooklyn’s sexual orientation was discovered by her parents who were devout participants in their Southern Baptist church. After surviving months of conversion therapy, Brooklyn was able to transform her discomfort at home into drive to do well in school. So, Brooklyn began working three jobs and participating in countless extra-curricular activities. However, in Brooklyn's senior year of high school, Brooklyn's parents gave her an ultimatum: she would either have to conform to their religious beliefs and attend their church or move out. Due to the stances and beliefs of his parents’ church, she felt that it was safer for her to move out.
Entering this new and difficult chapter of her life, Brooklyn began to couch surf with friends and mentors. Brooklyn was accepted into Georgetown University; however, her lack of ability to pay for school left her with little options. Jane Martin, a former teacher of hers, decided to start a GoFundMe on Brooklyn's behalf. Her story resonated with the Jacksonville community and quickly went viral. Because of the hard work and effort from Brooklyn's teachers, mentors, friends, and supporters, the GoFundMe closed off at over $141,000 to fund Brooklyn's education.
Since Brooklyn's truth has been publicized, Brooklyn has been featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, in the 2018 OUT100 Magazine, and in former Vice President Joe Biden’s speech at the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner. Brooklyn has been so encouraged by the monumental support that she received. Her goal now is to pay it forward. So, Brooklyn started Unbroken Horizons to provide scholarships to other students in marginalized communities who have overcome adversity on their journey of furthering their education.
We believe all resilient LGBTQ+ students should have the resources to further their education and change the world.
The Unbroken Horizon Scholarship Foundation is dedicated to providing LGBTQ+ youth of all backgrounds with the opportunity to further their respective educational journeys, so that they may then tell their unique stories and effect change in the world around them.
The Unbroken Horizons Scholarship Foundation will seek to ensure that all students in marginalized communities, that have demonstrated resiliency and academic success, have the opportunity to further their respective education.