The Columbia Foundation recognizes the value of education and diversity in today’s world. Higher education is the key to many options in the future, opening doors to new thinking and new contacts.
The Pride Empowerment High School Scholarship is a one-time scholarship that will provide up to $2,500 to a Mid-Missouri High School senior student, to be applied towards college or university tuition.
Endowed by Columbia Safety, a world-wide safety equipment company, the Pride Empowerment High School Scholarship is targeted at Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Questioning, Intersex and Ally (LGBTQIA) students. We believe that your perspectives, experiences and values benefit and enrich the educational experiences of all students, faculty and staff.
Like other groups, the LGBTQIA community has the power to influence social, political and economic issues in the community, legislature, business and civic organizations and in our institutions of higher education. This scholarship provides support for LGBTQIA students who are experiencing financial difficulty. The Pride Empowerment High School Scholarship Program believes that LGBTQIA students should be supported in harnessing and commanding their own extraordinary power.
In support of this goal, the Pride Empowerment High School Scholarship will be offered to Mid-Missouri High School senior students who have a demonstrated financial need. Whenever possible, scholars will be selected from applicants who identify as LGBTQIA. In the event that no such students qualify for the award on that basis, the scholarship may be awarded to any other student or students whose background or life experiences demonstrate an affiliation with or an understanding of LGBTQIA issues, and who will contribute to an educationally diverse environment at the university level.
To apply, students must (1) complete the Scholarship application; (2) submit a short personal statement on why they believe they qualify for this scholarship; (3) attach a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) or FAFSA application; and (4) provide two recommendation contacts.
Students can reapply for funding annually, with selection decisions based on current financial need.
Please check eligibility criteria below.