Students have been facing financial uncertainty in accessing education because of increasing study cost. Some of the students have to take out loans that come with high interest or do part-time jobs that put more pressure and leave them with less time for study. Both options are not good in long run and bring other problems along. And now pandemic has made students’ condition worse than ever. Students and institutions were forced to make the shift from classroom learning to online learning. Especially, students and their family had to face bigger financial challenges.
Moreover, this outbreak has made a negative impact on students learning, academic performance and achievements. Despite so much uncertainty and hassles caused by the pandemic, Charlotte Pride has decided to continue their scholarship program for the academic year 2021-2022. Charlotte Pride Scholarship is here once again to help students in their learning journey.
The purpose of this year’s funding program is to enhance the economic mobility for LGBTQ and ally college students from the Charlotte metro area by funding college scholarships. Students who are a high school senior or college student from the Charlotte metro area with a GPA of 3.0 or above are welcome to apply for this opportunity. All eligible candidates can win up to $2,500 to support their higher education. Preference will be given to LGBTQ or ally student who has shown service to the LGBTQ community or strong desire to serve the LGBTQ community. The scholarship award can be used to cover tuition, fees, on-campus housing or books at an accredited non-profit academic institution. The scholarship is valid only for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Charlotte Pride has been committed to supporting LGBTQ people in Charlotte and the Carolinas. This association presents and collaborates on programs, projects, and activities to help community members connect with their mission, vision and values. The association is now considered the largest LGBTQ Pride organizations in the American Southeast. Charlotte Prides was formed in 2000 and organized its very first annual Charlotte Pride Festival in 2001.
Refer to the table below for further details:
|Educational Level||High school senior and college students|
|Number of Awards||1|
|Application Deadline||July 11, 2021|
|Requirements||High school/college GPA and transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable), SAT or ACT scores, work history, community involvements, and extracurricular activities and one essay of 500-800 words or one piece (or more) of original artwork.|
Who is Eligible?
Please meet all the requirements before applying for this program:
- Applicants must be a high school senior or college student from the Charlotte metro area (see county map and the list below) with a GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale;
- Aspirants must be an LGBTQ or ally student who has demonstrated service to the LGBTQ community or strong desire to serve the LGBTQ community;
- Candidates must have taken either the SAT or ACT and received their results;
- Entrants must have demonstrated significant unmet financial need;
- Students must be enrolled or intending to enrol at an accredited two or four-year college for the Fall term of the 2021-2022 academic year;
- Applicants must be from one of the following counties: Mecklenburg, York, Union, Gaston, Cabarrus, Iredell, Rowan, Cleveland, Lancaster, Lincoln, Stanly, Chester, Catawba, Chesterfield, Alexander, or Anson.
- Note that preference will be given to full-time students and part-time students in their junior or senior years of college; other part-time students who demonstrate the passion, willingness and ability to complete their degree will be considered
- Note that preference will be given to students attending college in North or South Carolina, but all applicants will be considered
How to Apply?
To proceed with application process, you will have to complete an online application form that should be filled with correct information. Please click on here to go to the page where the application form is given.
- Basic demographic data (name, address, age, etc.),
- High school/college GPA and transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable),
- SAT or ACT scores (please provide only your best score if you have taken multiple tests),
- Work history, community involvements, and extracurricular activities (you may submit a resume)
- One essay of 500-800 words or one piece (or more) of original artwork.
Qualified candidates will be eligible for up to $2,500 that they can use to pay for some educational expenses such as tuition, fees, on-campus housing or books. The fund will be valid only for the 2021-2022 academic year. This award amount will be a great help for students who need financial assistance to get their learning journey back on track.
The application due date is July 11, 2021. No late applications will be accepted.