Pride Foundation Supports the Educational Dreams
For twenty one years, Pride Foundation’s scholarship program has been supporting the educational dreams and aspirations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ), and straight ally students. This year’s scholarship cycle awarded $395,200 to 105 students in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
"It is an honor to be able to support LGBTQ students in reaching their full potential," said Kris Hermanns, Executive Director of Pride Foundation. "Each year, our scholarship program continues to expand and grow thanks to the dedication and generosity of our donors and volunteers. The future is bright, and each student that we invest in is working to create a better tomorrow for LGBTQ youth and families."
Seven new scholarship funds were established this year to meet the growing and diverse needs of LGBTQ and ally students. The foundation’s scholarship program also passed a significant milestone this year, exceeding $3.5 million awarded since 1993. With a total of nearly 1,400 scholarships awarded to LGBTQ and ally students since the program’s inception, it is one of the largest LGBTQ and allied-focused scholarship programs in the world.
Pride Foundation’s scholarship recipients come from incredibly varied personal and lived experiences and are representative of the diversity within the community. This year’s scholars will be receiving degrees in a wide range of topics, including Social Sciences (28.5 percent), Health and Medical (20 percent), Arts and Humanities (19 percent), and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (14.28 percent), among others.
All too often LGBTQ students do not have the family, financial, and community support in place to pursue their education. With tuition continuing to increase at a rapid rate-in Washington State higher education cuts recently led to the second largest tuition increase in the nation-financial aid has become even more important for students pursuing higher education.