Our Scholarship Program

Pride Foundation provides essential financial resources and community support to LGBTQ+ student leaders in the Northwest—particularly those who face barriers due to race, economic circumstances, identity, ability, location, or lack of family support.

Do you identify as LGBTQ+? Do you currently live, have recently lived, or study in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington? Great news! You are likely eligible to apply for a Pride Foundation Scholarship.

Scholarship Guidelines

60+ scholarships. 1 application.

Where It All Began

In 1993, Brian M. Day, an activist and community leader, established the first scholarship fund at Pride Foundation to support gay men of color who are leaders in their communities and are experiencing significant financial need. Brian understood first-hand the challenges that black gay men face while pursuing a post-secondary degree.

More than 25 years later, Pride Foundation’s scholarship program continues to be guided by Brian M. Day’s legacy. Today, there are more than 60 different scholarship funds covering a wide range of characteristics and majors. We encourage all LGBTQ+ and allied students of all backgrounds and educational interests to apply.


Our Scholarship Funds

AIDS Project Snohomish County Scholarship for residents of Snohomish County, Washington whose lives have been impacted by HIV and/or where HIV-related service encompasses their educational and professional goals.

All My Relations Scholarship for LGBTQ+/Two Spirit Indigenous students who indicate that they want to do social justice work in or for Indigenous communities. 

Ancestor Oak Scholarship for students of color pursuing social change through policy advocacy or social services. 

Asian and Pacific Islander Queer Sisters (APIQS) Scholarship for Asian/Pacific Islander lesbians, bisexual females, and trans* (both MTF and FTM spectrum) students.

Barbara Bailey Scholarship for lesbians who are residents of Washington.

Bellevue PFLAG Scholarship for graduating high school seniors currently attending a greater East King County high school.

Bill Bendiner and Doug Morgenson Scholarship for students pursuing a career in human services, health sciences, or visual arts.

Bill McKnight and Steve Parsons Legacy Scholarship for students in the queer community studying Arts and Humanities with a preference for residents of Kitsap County/Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Brian M. Day Scholarship for gay men of color with significant financial need who are committed to and active in their Puget Sound communities.

Daniella Altfeld-Moreno Scholarship for Latino/Latina youth under age 25 with a preference for students involved in athletics.

Deloris Carter Hampton Scholarship for women of color who have a demonstrated history of activism and/or leadership in the LGBTQ community and are pursuing a degree in education, women’s health, or dance.

Dennis Coleman Choral Conducting Scholarship for LGBTQ+ students studying choral conducting or music with preference given to those committed to creating social change through music.

Don Renschler Scholarship for Washington residents who are graduate students in the study of mental health.

Donald O. Coffman Scholarship for current and future LGBTQ+ and ally leaders and role models.

Dr. Julie Haden Memorial Scholarship for current and future LGBTQ+ and ally leaders and role models.

Dunham-Kerley Scholarship for students with physical disabilities and/or students with limited economic resources.

Edna Earl Education Scholarship for students of color pursuing a career in k-12 education.

Emerson-Hoopes Scholarship for students pursuing an accredited social work degree (BSW or MSW) from the University of Washington or Seattle University.

Frank W. Ross Memorial Scholarship for LGBTQ+ and allied students under 21 years old who are living in poverty and have experienced housing insecurity, homelessness, or life within the foster care system.

Friends of Alan Turing Scholarship for students who are pursuing studies in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM).

Gregori Jakovina Scholarship for Oregon or Clark County, Washington residents studying in the Arts, with a preference given to visual arts such as painting, sculpture, and photography.

Hammer Miersma Scholarship for students in accredited two-year or four-year college programs who have experienced housing insecurity, homelessness, or life within the foster care system.

Jack D. Motteler Scholarship for students in the visual arts.

Jessica Dolin Memorial Endowment Scholarship for Oregon or Clark County, Washington residents pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

Jim McBroom and John H. Weston Charitable Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation Scholarship for Oregon residents pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree with a preference for studies in the areas of fine arts or humanities.

Joe Varano Scholarship for students studying education.

Kathy Spadoni Memorial Scholarship for graduating high school seniors entering a bachelor’s degree program who have demonstrated leadership skills and have a passion for making positive social change.

Kevin J. Mossier Scholarship for graduating high school seniors from Oregon who have a strong academic record and a passion for learning.

Larry McDonald Scholarship for Oregon or Clark County, Washington residents studying in the Arts or Humanities, which includes ancient and modern languages, literature, history, philosophy, religion, fine arts, and visual and performing arts such as music and theatre.

Lee S. Burke Scholarship for current and future LGBTQ+ and ally leaders and role models.

Patricia Van Kirk Scholarship for lesbians studying theater or visual arts with a commitment to social justice.

Paul Arnold Memorial Scholarship for students studying interior, fashion, or graphic design.

Phoenix Two-Spirit Native & First Nations Scholarship for Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ Native, First Nations, and/or Alaska Native students who have a history of activism and/or leadership in the Native community or are planning to get more deeply involved in Native communities in the future.

Political Leadership Scholarship for students studying law, political science, public policy, or public administration with the goal of improving rights for LGBTQ+ people. Preference is given to LGBTQ+ students of color and low-income or first-generation college students.

Portland General Electric Scholarship for Oregon residents majoring in a discipline related to PGE’s work including mathematics, engineering, sciences, business, economics, or finance.

Pride Foundation Community Scholarships for students who lack a broader LGBTQ+ community support system, demonstrate leadership and leadership potential on LGBTQ+ issues, face additional barriers to educational access (especially 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), and show significant financial need.

Pride of the Rose Scholarship for Oregon residents in Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, or Columbia Counties or Washington residents in Clark County.

Rainbow City Band Scholarship for students pursuing degrees in music or music education.

Ric Ulrich and Chuck Pischke Scholarship for candidates intending studies that involve visual arts and design.

Robert Browning Scholarship for studies in the health sciences.

Robert R. Bergis & Theodore W. Rosenberg Scholarship for Montana and/or Washington for LGBTQ+ students with significant financial need.

Robert R. Bergis and Theodore W. Rosenberg Scholarship for LGBTQ+ students attending or will be attending college or university within the state of California

Rosenberg-Ibarra Scholarship for LGBTIQ+ students who either graduated from a high school in Idaho or will be attending a college or university within the state of Idaho.

Rosenberg-Ibarra Humanitarian Scholarship for an undergraduate student for leadership and activities that promote understanding, awareness, and appreciation of persons of diverse backgrounds.

Sam Edelman Memorial Scholarship for trans and gender diverse students in the Northwest, with extra consideration given to those studying Political Science International Relations and those who work in social justice.

Shirley Spiegel Scholarship for lesbians with a preference for students with a history of working to improve the lives of lesbians.

Soaring Heart Scholarship for students committed to offering compassionate support services to those dealing with illness, death, grief, or trauma, especially where violent acts such as suicide must be addressed.

Thelma Fisher Dewitty Scholarship for current and future African-American LGBTQ+ leaders and role models.

Thompson-Wittrock Pass It On Scholarship for residents of Pacific, Grays Harbor, or Ferry counties in Washington with a preference given for community service and/or being the first generation of their family to attend college.

Tony DeBlase Scholarship for students entering the fields of sex education, sex therapy, research, or something that furthers the understanding of human sexuality, especially alternative sexuality.

Varsity Athletics Scholarship for athletes who are playing a varsity level sport in college, with a preference for individuals who are visible LGBTQ+ role models on campus.

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