Pride Scholarships – due Jan 31st

The 2011 Pride Foundation/GSBA Scholarship Application will be available on October 15 at www.PrideFoundationScholar.org

This year, $500,000 is available in scholarships to support education and leadership development for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer students of any age; students who have an LGBT parent; and students who are straight allies and are committed to civil rights for the LGBTQ community. Since 1990, more than $3 million in scholarships have been awarded. Pride Foundation and the GSBA Scholarship Fund would like to encourage you to share this excellent opportunity for students of any age or sexual orientation from Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Washington who are pursuing any post-secondary education (including community college, public or private colleges & universities, trade apprenticeships, or certificate programs)! There are fifty different types of scholarships with awards up to $10,000 – but only one web-based application to complete!

Applications can be completed online at www.PrideFoundationScholar.org and are due by 5:00 p.m. PST on Friday, January 31, 2011.

It is incredibly important you share this scholarship announcement with all students! LGBTQ students often do not have access to traditional means of support from families making it more compelling for organizations and schools to work together to reach these students. Our scholarships have the power to make a huge financial and emotional impact on their lives! Please post the enclosed posters prominently and announce these scholarships in your bulletin, newsletter, or student newspaper. Some LGBT students may not be “out” to others and straight ally students are often unaware that our scholarships are available to them as well. We rely on them seeing our scholarship posters or hearing the announcement to know that our scholarships exist.

To further assist students applying for these scholarships, we will hold Scholarship Application Workshops throughout the Pacific Northwest this fall – for specific times and locations or to request a workshop, please email scholarships@pridefoundation.org or call 800-735-7287 x110.
If you would like to learn more about this history and mission of our organizations, please visit www.pridefoundation.org or www.thegsba.org. We look forward to receiving applications from your students and thank you for your help spreading the word and supporting tomorrow’s leaders today!

With Pride,

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Anthony Papini
Director of Scholarship Programs
Pride Foundation

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