Charlotte Pride Scholarship


The Charlotte Pride Scholarship aims to improve economic mobility for LGBTQ and Straight Ally college students from the Charlotte metro area by funding college scholarships. Recipients can be awarded up to $2,500 for the 2018-2019 academic year to attend an accredited two or four-year college.

Scholarship applications have now closed. We are excited to have experienced an increase in applications this year and we are carefully reviewing all submissions. Scholarship recipients will be notified soon.

Please note: We suggest that you compile all the information you will need in order to complete the application, including: 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 and extracurricular activities (you may submit a resume), and one essay of less than 500 words or original artwork.


Applicants must be/have:

  • A high school senior or college student from the Charlotte metro area (see county map and list below) with a GPA of 2.8 or above on a 4.0 scale
  • An LGBTQ or Straight Ally student who has demonstrated service to the LGBTQ community or a desire to serve the LGBT community
  • Taken the SAT or ACT
  • A significant unmet financial need
  • Enrolled or intending to enroll at an accredited two or four-year college in North or South Carolina for the Fall term of the 2017-18 academic year
    • Note that preference will be given to full-time students and to 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 giving to students attending college in North or South Carolina, but all applicants will be considered
  • 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.

Scholarship Details & Requirements

  • While we consider your GPA and test scores, we place greater emphasis on your passion for education and demonstrated service to the LGBT community or a desire to serve the LGBT community
  • Multiple applicants will be selected; the final number will depend on applicant volume and qualifications
  • The Charlotte Pride Scholarship provides up to $2,500 and may bue used to cover your tuition, fees, on-campus housing or books at an accredited non-profit academic institution in the 2018-2019 academic year


  • Application open date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018
  • Application due date: Sunday, June 10, 2018, 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time
  • Award notification date: Saturday, June 30, 2018
    • Note that applicants will be notified via email

Completing the application

  • All applications are due on Sunday, June 10, 2018 by 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time; no late applications will be accepted
  • Applicants or potential applicants may email questions to beginning on May 23, 2018
  • You must submit your application online at You will receive a confirmation email that your application has been received

Share the news!

We invite you to share information about the Charlotte Pride Scholarship with your networks on social media, in your community organizations, student clubs and on campus!

Click here for a downloadable and printable flyer (PDF).

Click here for a downloadable and shareable graphic for social media (JPG).