Kia's Gift

​Kia’s Gift is a scholarship that provides registration to attend Southwest Leather Conference in the next year.  

Kia’s gift was created in 2014 in memory of slave kia, an active member of the Phoenix Leather community, Dragon clan member, and dedicated volunteer for APEX, Butchmanns Experience, and SWLC. Kia lived a life of service and generosity in every aspect of her life. She was never one to sit back and let others do the work. Her passion was to serve others not only where people would see her but also behind the scenes, doing things that needed to be done. She never asked to be acknowledged for what she did as her reward was being able to do for others. It is in that vein that this gift was created. 


To be considered for Kia’s Gift candidates must meet the following requirements.

  • Must be 18 years of age or older by January 15, 2019
  • Age (other than the minimum age requirement), race, sexual orientation, relationship status, gender identity, physical ability, financial need, religion or spiritual practice(s), and kink/fetish practice(s) shall not be considered in awarding of Kias’s Gift
  • Recipient agrees to use the gift to attend SWLC 2019
  • Recipient agrees to submit a write-up (approximately 500 words or more) within 30 days after attending SWLC 2019


To self-apply, complete the application below on or before December 1, 2018.
To nominate someone who you think exemplifies the qualities of giving to others or ‘paying it forward’ by volunteering to help their local community send an email outlining why you think this person should receive Kia’s Gift. This must be received on or before December 1, 2018.


The scholarship is managed by the Kia’s Gift Committee. The recipients will be notified via email.  Only recipients of Kia’s Gift will be announced. Applicants not selected will not be known to anyone outside of the Kia’s Gift Committee.

Kia’s Gift is only valid for the chosen recipients and cannot be transferred or sold. 

To apply for the Kia’s Gift for 2019 please fill out this webform and click on apply. Deadline for application submission is midnight (Arizona time), December 1, 2018.

(The cost of food, lodging, and transportation are not included in the scholarship.)
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In consideration of the acceptance of my application for Kia’s Gift, I hereby waive, release and forever discharge Butchmanns, Inc., its owner, producers, members, agents, operators, employees, lessors, lessees, parent companies or entities, affiliated companies or entities, representatives or subsidiaries from any and all demands, actions, causes of actions, claims of injury or damage to our persons, property or reputations, costs, damages, expenses, attorney’s fees or penalties of any kind or nature, whether asserted or unasserted, known or unknown, that may arise now or in the future from any cause whatsoever in connection with my participation in and with the Southwest Leather Conference. I hereby give permission for the use of my scene name in connection with publicity for Kia’s Gift should I receive the scholarship. By my electronic acceptance below, I hereby state that I have read and understand the above disclaimer and have also read and agree to abide by the eligibility requirements. I further state that I am at least 18 years of age. I further agree that, for the purposes of authorizing and authenticating this liability waiver, my electronic signature via online application has the full force and effect of a signature affixed by hand to a paper document.


I have read the eligibility requirements and will abide by the scholarship requirements should I be selected as a recipient.
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