Scholarships.

PFLAG Boulder County’s Scholarship Programs support several of our goals:

  • Create a world in which young people may grow up and be educated with freedom from fear of violence, bullying and other forms of discrimination, regardless of their real or perceived gender identity or sexual orientation or that of their families.
  • Create a society in which all LGBT persons may openly and safely pursue the career path of their choice, and may be valued and encouraged to grow to their full potential in the workplace.
  • Enhance and encourage the development of personal skills for young people to work for advocacy and equality for all.

This page has information about three exciting scholarship opportunities.

1. The Hodges Social Activism Scholarship – PFLAG Boulder County

The Hodges Social Activism Scholarship was established in 2013 to honor the leadership of Jean and Jack Hodges in their commitment to PFLAG (Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians and Gays) since 1993 in the mission to offer support, education and advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ+ persons, their families and allies. This scholarship is to promote the growth and development of young adults to continue the work to advance equality to ensure “justice and liberty for all Americans.”

Scholarship amount:  $750; final amount to be determined by the application review committee.

Who may be awarded the scholarship?

A graduating senior currently attending a public high school in either the Boulder Valley School District or the St. Vrain Valley School District or any student enrolled in a post-secondary institution of higher learning.

Eligibility:

Applicants must demonstrate a passion for social justice by working for equality, inclusion or justice for any marginalized group, such as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender; racial or ethnic; disabled; or other identified minority in their school or in their community.

Requirements:

  • Applicants must be graduating from high school and plan to attend college or currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution of higher learning.
  • Submit most current transcript showing applicant has achieved a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from adults, one from the current school attending, and one from community.
  • Provide a personal essay of no more than 500 words, describing your particular passion for social justice, achievements in promoting equality, and why you deserve this scholarship.

Expectations:

  • Upon receipt of the scholarship, the applicant will submit an article or a short video about their experiences, what they learned, and how they will utilize it.
  • PFLAG Boulder County will own all rights to the article or video and has permission to use it as they see fit.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION:  April 1 of each year. At the discretion of the scholarship application committee, this deadline may be extended.

APPLICATION: Download here and follow the submission instructions therein.

 

2. The Kathie Braun Youth Leadership Development Fund Scholarship – PFLAG Boulder County

The Kathie Braun Youth Leadership Development Fund Scholarship was created to allow LGBTQ+ (youth) community members and allies to participate in leadership growth opportunities. This scholarship, started by her husband Ron Braun, honors one of the most persistent allies of the LGBTQ+ community.  Kathie died of cancer much too soon.

Scholarship amount: Requested expenses related to the conference, training, lecture, or workshop, such as registration fees, transportation, etc. Final amount to be determined by the application review committee.

Who may be awarded the scholarship?

Any LGBTQ+ member or ally residing in Boulder County. Preference will be given to graduating seniors currently attending high school in either the Boulder Valley School District or the St. Vrain Valley School District or any student enrolled in a post–secondary institution of higher learning.

Eligibility:

Applicants must demonstrate a passion for personal educational development and the desire to participate in a leadership training, lecture, worship or conference.

Requirements:

  • Applicants may be any LGBTQ+ member or ally residing in Boulder County.
  • Submit most current transcript showing applicant has achieved a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Submit one letter of recommendation from an adult.
  • Provide a personal essay of no more than 500 words, describing your personal educational development, why this particular event would help you achieve your goals, and why you deserve this scholarship.
  • Provide a budget for the cost of attending the event and the activities you would like to attend.

Expectations:

  • Upon receipt of the scholarship and after attending the event, the applicant will submit an article or a short video about their experiences, what they learned, and how they will utilize it.
  • PFLAG Boulder County will own all rights to the article or video and has permission to use it as they see fit.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: No later than 30 days prior to the event applicant wants to attend. At the discretion of the scholarship application committee, this deadline may be extended.

APPLICATION: Download here and follow the submission instructions therein.

 

3. The PFLAG National Scholarship Program

The PFLAG Scholarship program is a critical component of our “Cultivating Respect: Safe Schools for All” program, rewarding hard work and leadership in the next generation. It is an opportunity to reach out to young people and acknowledge their role in building our community. What better way to show our commitment to students than to provide support for role models and pioneers around the country that are making schools safer for all students?

PFLAG’s local and national scholarships are one of the many ways PFLAG supports LGBT and ally youth. Support the students in your community by encouraging them to apply for the PFLAG Scholarship Program. Many PFLAG chapters have scholarship programs as well. Students are eligible to receive scholarships from both their local chapter and the national office so encourage students you know to apply for both.

PFLAG National Scholarships are made possible by several generous donations: The Palmer B. Carson Trust, which established the program, and The GLAD (Gays, Lesbians, and Allies at Dow) Employee Network.  In addition, many individual donors have contributed to the fund.

Scholarship amount:  $1,000 – $5,000

Eligibility & Requirements:

  • Applicant is a graduating senior entering higher education for the first time this calendar year (if you graduated in the past year and took time off you are still eligible to apply).
  • Applicant self identifies as a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) or an ally.
  • Applicant must demonstrate an interest in service to the LGBT community.
  • Applicant must have applied to an accredited U.S. higher education institution.

Application and accompanying instructions may be found online at the PFLAG National website, www.pflag.org/scholarship.

 

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