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Student Scholarship Program

Available Scholarships

Coastal Bend Pride Center Scholarship Program 

Coastal Bend Pride Center Scholarship Program 

The Pride Center at the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation is proud to offer a Student Scholarship Program to the Coastal Bend community for college, trade school, and university students who want to further their education and help to achieve their career goals. If you are interested in applying, please carefully read the information below where you will find an overview of the program’s eligibility requirements, scholarship guidelines, and finally the scholarship application.

Program Overview 

• Academic scholarships are available to Pride Center community members, both LGBTQ+ identifying students and allies, who are adults living in the 12-county region that the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation and the Pride Center serves.

• The Pride Center will offer three scholarships for the Fall 2024 semester: one $5000 and two $2500 scholarships. A panel of the Pride Center staff and the Wellness Foundation will announce the recipients of the scholarship in June of 2024. Recipients will receive the funds for general academic use upon proof of registration and enrollment at an accredited academic institution. 

• Scholarships can be applied towards any of the following programs from colleges or universities accredited from a nationally recognized institutional accrediting agency:

• An associate degree

• A bachelor’s degree

• A certificate program

• A master’s degree

Note: Doctoral programs are not eligible for reimbursement.

Scholarship Funding Requirements 

• Scholarship dollars can be applied towards any school related expenses, such as tuition, books, testing or other school fees.

• The applicant must identify as part of or supportive of the LGBTQ+ community or an active LGBTQ+ ally and show evidence of active participation in Coastal Bend Pride Center groups & events, the Pride Center Youth Group, or be an active community volunteer.

• The scholarship will be paid to the applicant at the beginning of the Fall semester with proof of enrollment.

• Applicants will have to reapply for scholarship requests each year in the fall to be considered. This is a once-a-year award in the fall.

Application Eligibility Requirements

• Applicants must complete Pride Center Scholarship submission form below, including three 300-word essay questions.

• Applicants must remain in satisfactory academic performance standing throughout the application and enrollment process.

• Applicants must ensure the educational institution is accredited or have recognized professional accreditation for specific courses to which they are enrolling.

Application Review & Notification Process 

• An application can be submitted any time between March 1, 2024, and May 31, 2024, and will be reviewed by the CBWF Pride Center Scholarship Committee.

• If a scholarship application is approved by the Committee, the applicant will be notified of the scholarship award amount to be funded in June of 2024.

• Recipients of the Scholarships will be required to attend the Pride Center’s Gayla on October 18, 2024, so they can be recognized and meet the scholarship funders. A brief speech thanking the scholarship sponsors is not required, but is highly encouraged.

• Applications are for fall enrollment only.

Deadline to apply is May 31, 2024

2024 Applications are currently closed for consideration. We will announce the recipients of the scholarship by the end of June 2024.

Thank you to the sponsors who made this scholarship possible!