In 1993, Brian M. Day, an activist and community leader, established the first scholarship fund at Pride Foundation. Brian understood first-hand the barriers and challenges that black gay men faced while pursuing a postsecondary degree—prompting him to focus his scholarship funds on supporting gay men of color that have significant financial need and demonstrate leadership through community engagement.

More than 20 years later, Pride Foundation’s scholarship program is still guided by Brian M. Day’s legacy, with an emphasis on providing essential financial resources and community support to LGBTQ students across the Northwest—particularly those who are vulnerable and continue to be marginalized. While much has changed for the LGBTQ community since 1993, our scholarship program continues to reaffirm the vision and values of its founding—increasing access to educational opportunities and providing critical support to tomorrow’s leaders.

Pride Foundation’s scholarship program is committed to supporting LGBTQ and allied students that:

  • Show leadership potential either within the LGBTQ community and/or within their field of study;
  • Lack a broader LGBTQ community support system;
  • Face additional 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
Scholarship video

Pride Foundation Scholarship Video

View a list of the 2016 Pride Foundation Scholars.


Scholarship Information

Our scholarship application opened October 11, 2015 and will close on January 11, 2016.

Download our 8½” x 11” color flyers (below) to share and promote the scholarship application.  Designed for easy printing.


Scholarship Workshops

Online scholarship workshops are also available for students and educators who would like more insight into the Pride Foundation and the application process. Workshops are approximately one hour long and details are listed below.

Please RSVP to Craig Williams, Educational Programs Officer to receive log-in details for the workshops. Please make sure to include your name and the workshop date and time in the email, as multiple workshops may be planned for the same day.  All workshops are listed in Alaska, Pacific, and Mountain standard times.

  Thursday, December 3, 2015 starting at 11:00am AKST/12:00pm PST/1:00pm MST

  Friday, December 4, 2015 starting at 9:00am AKST/10:00am PST/11:00am MST

  Monday, December 14, 2015 starting at 10:30am AKST/11:30am PST/12:30pm MST

  Tuesday, December 15, 2015 starting at 4:00pm AKST/5:00pm PST/6:00pm MST

  Tuesday, January 5, 2016 starting at 11:00am AKST/12:00pm PST/1:00pm MST



If you need more information regarding this process, contact your area’s Regional Development Organizer. For general scholarship assistance or questions, please email our Educational Programs Officer or call 1.800.735.7287.

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