Scholarship


Continuing its longstanding support of scholarship within the St. Louis LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, asexual, and ally) community, Pride St. Louis annually awards the scholarship to St. Louis area LGBTQIA+ student(s), students/children of an LGBTQIA+ parent, or student allies of the LGBTQIA+ community to provide financial assistance to attend a post-secondary undergraduate institution.  Graduate students are eligible to receive the scholarship as well.

“We are pleased to offer this scholarship to those in our LGBTQIA+ community who have shown great leadership, volunteerism and courage,” states Matt Harper, President of Pride St. Louis. “Taking the initiative to support our own community is essential: the foundation which enables us to better educate, empower, and push towards the future of equality.”

This year, a record of one-hundred and eighteen individuals applied for the PrideSTL Scholarship. Eighteen individuals receieved scholarships to help them in seeking higher education.

A few of the eighteen Pride St. Louis, Missouri Courage Scholarship, and Show Me Bears scholarship winners..

We're only able to provide scholarships through your generosity. Consider donating today so that we can continue our tradition of providing scholarships to LGBTQIA+ people seeking higher education.

PrideSTL Scholarship

The Pride St. Louis Scholarship is awarded annually to St. Louis area LGBTQIA+ student(s), student/children of an LGBTQIA+ parent or student allies of the LGBTQIA+ community to provide financial assistance to attend a post-secondary undergraduate institution (college, university, community college, techincal or vocational school.) International and Graduate students are also eligible. There is no maximum age limitation. Our goal is to support a student that supports their community.

Missouri Courage Scholarship

The Missouri Courage Scholarship acknowledges, affirms, and rewards the courage of those graduating seniors who have demonstrated their willingness to work for change in their community to advance the lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA) people and other groups who have historically faced discrimination.

MCS has three awards:

The Missouri Courage Award (MCA) - This award is dedicated each year to a Missouri student who has either demonstrated their commitment or shows great potential to work for change in their community that advances the lives of LGBTQIA+ people and other groups that have historically faced discrimination.

The Trans Courage Award (TCA) - This award is dedicated each year to a Missouri student who identifies as transgender and who has either demonstrated their commitment or shows great potential to work for change in their community that advances the lives of LGBTQIA+ people and other groups that have historically faced discrimination.

The Rural Courage Award (RCA) - This award is dedicated each year to a student residing in Dent County, Missouri who has either demonstrated their commitment or shows great potential to work for change in their community that advances the lives of LGBTQIA+ people and other groups that have historically faced discrimination.

FAFSA Frenzy Event

Each year The Pride St. Louis Scholarship Committee strives to assist our LGBTQIA+ students in completing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with holding a FAFSA Frenzy Event. Completing The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) is the first step toward getting federal aid for college, career school, or graduate school. The FAFSA Frenzy event is open to all students regardless of classification, age, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Pride St. Louis is an inclusive safer space.

For more information on any of the scholarships above, email scholarship@pridestl.org or contact Leon Braxton.

Applications for the 2016 Pride St. Louis Scholarship are now closed.
Check back later for the 2017 application!

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