Scholarship applications for LGBTQ students in Charlotte metro area are open today. Click here to learn more and submit an application.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte Pride announced today the establishment of its new Charlotte Pride Scholarship for LGBTQ and straight ally high school seniors or college students from the Charlotte metro area. The new scholarship marks a continued focus by the organization on intersectional and collaborative programming benefiting a wide range of Charlotte’s LGBTQ community.
“Since 2001, Charlotte Pride has successfully built visibility for the LGBTQ community,” said Charlotte Pride Board President Craig Hopkins. “Over the past three years, we have also striven to create new opportunities to enrich, empower and strengthen our community. We’re excited to begin this new effort to support lower-income LGBTQ and straight ally young people.”
Charlotte Pride may be best known for its annual LGBTQ Pride festival and parade in Uptown each year, which attracted more than 130,000 visitors over the course of the weekend event in 2016. Since 2013, however, the organization has undertaken new strategic initiatives to offer collaborative programming and community support throughout each year.
The stakes for the LGBTQ community’s well-being couldn’t be higher, especially in the aftermath of HB2, the anti-LGBTQ law prohibiting local LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination protections and specifically targeting transgender people. Additionally, Charlotte continues to face city-wide struggles over the lack of economic opportunities among the most marginalized and disadvantaged. Recently, a report from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force included access to college and career readiness for all students as a key recommendation for improving the community’s well being.
“Our city struggles with economic mobility, ranking 50th out of 50 cities,” said Kacey Grantham, a Charlotte Pride board member spearheading the scholarship effort. “At the same time, LGBTQ youth often face steeper economic and educational challenges. Access to higher education is a key pathway toward increasing economic opportunities for young people. We are proud this effort will be among our first steps in joining the current groundswell of activity working toward increasing the wellbeing and economic opportunity of this city.”
The Charlotte Pride Scholarship will award up to $2,000 over four years to LGBTQ and ally students from the Charlotte metro area. Funds may be applied toward tuition, fees, on-campus housing or books at an accredited two- or four-year college. In order to be eligible, applicants should have a significant, unmet financial need and should have a high school GPA of at least 2.8 on a 4.0 scale. Multiple applicants will be selected and the scholarship will be renewable for up to four years.
Applications are now being accepted for students who will start college or continue college in the Fall of 2017. Interested students should review eligibility guidelines at apply at charlottepride.org/scholarship/ by Monday, May 15, 2017.
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ABOUT CHARLOTTE PRIDE: Charlotte Pride is the leader in LGBTQ visibility in Charlotte and the Carolinas. We present and collaborate on programs, projects, and activities, including the annual Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade, Latin Pride, and the GayCharlotte Film Festival, among others. Since its founding in 2000, Charlotte Pride has expanded its year-round programming and partnerships to better connect community members with its mission, vision, and values. It is one of the largest LGBTQ Pride organization in the American Southeast.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 10, 2017
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