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Pride Foundation Scholarship

Pride Foundation Scholarship

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College & Graduate Students

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About This Scholarship

The Pride Foundation is proud to offer Pride Foundation Scholarships to LGBTQ+ students in Washington State. These scholarships are designed to lift LGBTQ+ youth from poverty, promote their health and well-being, and help them reach their full academic potential. They seek highly motivated students interested in social justice, activism, community service, or advocacy work. The Pride Foundation Scholarship is a program that provides financial support to LGBTQ+ and allied students who are pursuing post-secondary education in the United States. The Pride Foundation is a nonprofit organization that aims to promote equality and justice for LGBTQ+ individuals by supporting organizations and initiatives that advance their rights. The Pride Foundation Scholarship program was established in 1993, and since then, it has provided over $9 million in scholarships to more than 1,800 students across the United States. The scholarships are available to students planning to enroll in a college, university, or vocational program and demonstrate commitment to LGBTQ+ equality and advocacy. The application process for the scholarship involves completing an online application, submitting transcripts and other supporting documents, and writing essays on topics related to LGBTQ+ advocacy and personal experiences. Are you an LGBTQ+ student seeking a great scholarship opportunity? Are you a former or current Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington resident? If so, consider applying for the Pride Foundation Scholarship! 

  • This scholarship is designed for LGBTQ+ students who have experienced systemic discrimination or barriers to education and are currently pursuing post-secondary education. 
  • The Pride Foundation is committed to supporting underrepresented students who demonstrate leadership in their communities, fields of study, workplaces, and movements. 
  • Since its establishment in 1985, the foundation has championed the idea that everyone should be able to live safely and openly. Each year, the Pride Foundation awards multiple recipients up to $16,500 to cover their educational expenses.

Eligibility Criteria For Pride Foundation Scholarship

  • LGBTQ+ identity: Residents of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington State who are LGBTQ+ identified are eligible to apply.
  • LGBTQ+ experience: Applicants must have experienced barriers to education because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Other criteria: Applicants must be enrolled in a 2-year or 4-year degree program at a community college or university. Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate degree or higher qualification.
  • Residency: Residency is determined by the state where the applicant claims to reside. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Scholarship recipients must return to their respective state of residence after completing their studies.
  • Systemic barriers to education or discrimination: Applicants must demonstrate a history of systemic discrimination or barriers to education. 
  • Leadership and community involvement: Applicants must demonstrate leadership and community involvement in the LGBTQ+ community, including LGBTQ+ activism and advocacy.
  • Personal essay: Applicants must submit an essay on topics related to LGBTQ+ advocacy, personal experiences, and civil rights.
  • Academic achievement: Applicants must pursue a degree or qualification relevant to the LGBTQ+ community. 
  • Financial need: Applicants must demonstrate financial need by submitting tax information and information on educational funding and scholarships obtained to date.
  • Resume/CV: Applicants must include an updated resume or CV that outlines education, work and volunteer experience, leadership roles, activism, and community involvement.

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