Application Tips

Applying for scholarships can be a difficult process, and we want to see you succeed! This page is here to share resources we think you will find useful.

Here are a few helpful tools as you prepare to apply:

In addition to filling out essay questions and financial information, you’ll also be asked to upload:

  • Transcript – an official or unofficial copy
  • Resume
  • (Optional) Letter of Recommendation
  • (Optional) Portfolio

If you need accommodations around filling out our online application, either due to limited English proficiency or a disability, please let us know.

If you are looking for general tips on completing Pride Foundation or any other scholarship application, we suggest you read our scholarship application tips worksheet. It has useful tips for writing stellar essays, asking for references, and ways to make your scholarship search more productive!

If you’d like to help spread the word about Pride Foundation Scholarships, please download our latest scholarship flyer to share with your networks.

Participate in an Application Workshop

Every Fall, Pride Foundation provides free workshops on how to apply for a scholarship. Participants will be learn about writing their personal statement, navigating the application process, and understanding our scholarship priorities.

Upcoming Online Application Workshops (click to RSVP):

Scholarship Review

Once an application has been completed and submitted, it enters into our review process. Pride Foundation provides a fair, confidential review, and has committed to a Scholarship Applicant Bill of Rights. In alignment with the larger work of Pride Foundation, our scholarship program prioritizes supporting LGBTQ+ and allied students who:

  • Show leadership potential either within the LGBTQ community or within their field of study;
  • Lack a broader LGBTQ community support system;
  • Face barriers to educational access, including students who are economically, racially, socially, geographically, or politically disenfranchised. For example: LGBTQ students of color, transgender students, LGBTQ immigrant students, LGBTQ youth aging out of foster care, and students who have experienced homelessness, poverty, or isolation due to geography;
  • Demonstrate significant financial need

Similar Scholarships

The following are useful sites for students searching for scholarships!

Campus Pride – student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBTQ students provide many resources including a scholarship database.

FinAid – a list of scholarships and advice for LGBTQ students pursuing higher education. There is also useful general financial aid information available on this site.

HRC Scholarships Database for LGBT & Allied Students – extensive list of scholarships for LGBTQ and straight ally students. The list can be sorted by national and local resources.

Point Foundation – along with scholarship awards, each scholar is paired with a mentor and participates in leadership development programs. – If you are a Washington resident looking for scholarships, makes it simple by putting applications from Washington-based scholarship providers in one place.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – Part of the U.S. Department of Education and the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation.

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