Our Scholarship Priorities
Our scholarship program supports LGBTQ+ students who are leaders—in their own lives, in their families, in their home communities, in their fields of study, in their workplaces, or in our movements for justice.
We prioritize moving resources to LGBTQ+ students who need it most, so we especially focus our funding on those LGBTQ+ student leaders who have some or all of the following experiences and qualities:
- Demonstrate a commitment to advancing justice and the well-being of their communities, past, present, and future
- Have experienced family rejection and/or haven’t been able to access a larger community support system
- Face systemic barriers to educational access, and have been impacted by systemic discrimination and oppression. Specifically:
- Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color
- Trans, non-binary, gender diverse, gender non-conforming, and Two Spirit people
- Disabled people/People with Disabilities, including people living with chronic illness, HIV, neurodivergence, and mental health challenges
- People over 25, as non-traditionally aged students
- People living rurally
- People who have experienced or are experiencing housing instability or houselessness
- People who have experienced or are experiencing poverty
- Demonstrate financial need and don’t have access to familial or other financial supports
The priorities above drive the funding for all of our scholarships. While most Pride Foundation Scholarships are open to all students, we also host a number of scholarship funds that have specific criteria, based on students’ majors, backgrounds, where they live, and more. For those scholarships, we will prioritize students who both meet the specific fund criteria and also the broader programmatic priorities above.
Our Scholarship Requirements
- Northwest Residency: Applicants must be a resident of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington but may study elsewhere. Applicants are considered a resident of one of these states if they currently live within that state or have lived within that state for at least one year at any time within the last five years.
- Pursuing Post-Secondary Education: Applicants must be pursuing post-secondary education in the coming 2024-2025 school year. This includes community college, four-year public or private college or university, certificate programs, vocational/technical/trade programs, law school, medical/dental/veterinary school, or graduate education.