Charlotte Pride Scholarship returns with awards up to $2,500

Online applications open now through June 10

Charlotte Pride has announced the return of its annual Charlotte Pride Scholarship for LGBTQ and ally high school seniors and college students from the Charlotte metro area.

Multiple recipients will be chosen for awards up to $2,500 in this year’s round of scholarships. Applications are now open and can be completed online at The application deadline is June 10, and recipients will be notified no later than June 30. Inaugural scholarship recipients from 2017 have also been given the opportunity to renew their scholarships.

Now in its second year, the Charlotte Pride Scholarship marks a continued focus by the organization on intersectional and collaborative programs benefiting a wide range of Charlotte’s LGBTQ community.

The scholarship program was created by Charlotte Pride in 2017, as our local community faced the aftermath of anti-LGBTQ legislation and increased focus on the economic immobility plaguing the city’s most at-risk communities. Charlotte Pride identified the scholarship as one way it can aid in the future economic success of local young people and ease barriers to higher education. Recent studies on economic mobility have shown that Charlotte ranks at the bottom of 50 metro areas. In other words, if you’re born poor in Charlotte, chances are slim you will be able to climb the economic ladder during your lifetime. Access to higher education and career readiness has been identified as a key pathway to increasing economic mobility and other opportunities for young people.

“Young people often face tremendous barriers when navigating their way toward a college education,” says Kacey Grantham, the Charlotte Pride board member spearheading the scholarship program. “For LGBTQ young people, the stakes are higher. They often face steeper social, economic and educational barriers due to continued discrimination and prejudice. The Charlotte Pride Scholarship aims to provide one more resource to ease these challenges for our youth.”

The Charlotte Pride Scholarship is open to LGBTQ and straight ally young people 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 be a high school senior or current college student, have a significant, unmet financial need and should have a GPA of at least 2.8 on a 4.0 scale. More details on eligibility and the online application can be found at

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, Charlotte Trans Pride, Charlotte Latin Pride, and Reel Out Charlotte, 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 now one of the largest LGBTQ Pride organizations in the American Southeast.

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Matt Comer