We’re happy to answer your scholarship questions!

The following are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about scholarship applications. If you have other questions not answered here, please contact the Educational Programs Officer.

When is the 2015 application due?

Our scholarship application is open each year from mid October – January. Exact dates for our 2015 scholarship cycle will be posted in early Fall 2014.

All applications must be submitted by the deadline and to be fair to all applicants, late applications are not accepted.  This includes submission of both letters of recommendation, transcripts, and any optional files.

What are the criteria for your scholarships? Is there a minimum GPA? Do I have to demonstrate financial need?

We manage numerous scholarships and each one has its own specific criteria (there is only one application to complete). There is not a minimum GPA requirement. Students must have some demonstrated need, but the overall amount varies. We look for students who demonstrate commitment to social justice and LGBTQ concerns, exemplify leadership in their communities, and demonstrate the ability to be academically and personally successful. All applicants must be from the Northwest.

How do you define someone as a Northwest resident?

In order to be eligible for our scholarships you must be a resident of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington. Pride Foundation considers a person a resident if they:

  • Currently live within one of the five states and have done so for at least three months prior to the application deadline;
  • Have lived within one of the five states for at least one year at any time within the five years prior to the application deadline (e.g., a student who is originally from the Northwest but is going to school in another state or country);
  • Have lived within one of the five states for more than one year even if it was more than five years prior to the application deadline provided they have been continuously enrolled in an accredited academic institution for the past five years.

I want to go to school outside of the Northwest or outside of the USA. Can I still apply?
Yes, as long as the school is an accredited educational institution and you meet our residency requirements, you can attend school anywhere!

Do your scholarships cover community colleges, trade schools, graduate schools, certificate, or non-degree programs?
Yes! Our scholarships cover nearly any accredited post-secondary school or program. If you have questions about a specific school or program, please contact us. Our scholarships cannot be used for private high school or prep schools.

I’m a straight ally. May I apply for scholarships?
Most of our scholarships are open to all persons regardless of sexual orientation. We believe that straight allies have a tremendous role to play in moving our society towards one of equality and understanding, thus we have funded a number of straight students over the years and will continue to do so.

Do you have to be a certain age to apply?
Our scholarships are open to any student pursuing post-secondary education without regard to age. Current high school students must be in their senior year before applying. We do not offer scholarships for elementary education, high school, or college prep programs. In past years, we have had applicants ranging in age from 16 (who have done Running Start and are now enrolled full-time in college early) to 65!

I do not have a computer. Do you have suggestions for how I could complete the online application?

There are several community resources that exist! We suggest you first see if your school has computer’s that you could use. School or community libraries are also a good place to visit as are community centers. NELA Centers for Student Success in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA have computers with Internet access and many local YMCA/YWCA’s have computer labs. If you have other resources to share or if you are not able to access the resources listed, please let us know.

I have not been enrolled in school for a long time. Do you still need a transcript? Does it have to be an official copy?
You are required to provide a transcript regardless of the amount of time that has lapsed. We do accept unofficial transcripts. If you have the ability to access them from your online student account, that is the best method!

How strict are you on the due date?
To be fair to all applicants, we are very strict on the due date – applications must be postmarked by the due date and time. We cannot accept late applications or materials under any circumstance.

What happens once I submit my application? When will I find out if I am awarded a scholarship?
Once the scholarship deadline passes, we review all completed applications to determine finalists. This happens during February and March. In April, we invite finalists who make it past the initial review to participate in an interview. After interviews are complete, we determine which finalists will receive scholarships and award decisions are announced in early May. Scholarship awards are distributed beginning early June. Recipients can select any date within two years of being awarded a scholarship to have funds sent to their school.

Can I receive more than one scholarship? How much is the average award amount?
Since students may be awarded more than one scholarship, total awards vary. Our largest scholarship is $10,000. The average award amount per recipient last year was approximately $4,300.

If I am awarded a scholarship, how can it be used?

You can apply your scholarship toward any of the following: tuition, student fees, on campus room and board, study abroad programs, book or course supplies*, or research related expenses*.
*These items require prior approval from Pride Foundation

You cannot apply scholarship funds towards off-campus housing (rent/mortgage), personal expenses, transportation costs, dependent care, computer or software purchases (unless required by your program), or other expenses not listed above.
Scholarships must be utilized within two years of the award date. Your funds are sent directly to your school and cannot be released to you unless it is to cover items listed above.

If I am awarded a scholarship, does the money come directly to me?

No. If you are awarded a scholarship, the check(s) will be made out to your school and credited to your student account.