GSBA awards educational scholarships to LGBTQ and straight-ally students who are committed to making a difference in the world. Our scholarships range up to $13,000 annually and are meant to provide significant support as you pursue your educational goals.
As a GSBA Scholar, you:
1. receive money for tuition and fees mailed directly to your university/college
2. become a part of our growing scholar family and form lasting bonds with other LGBTQ change makers have access to leadership development training and skill building
3. are supported by over 1,000 LGBT and allied business leaders, small business owners, elected officials, nonprofit executives, educators and corporate partners
As a GSBA Scholar, you are receiving more than a monetary award. Scholars are chosen for their proven leadership skills, strong academic achievement and commitment to making a positive difference in the world. We want you, as a GSBA scholar, to take advantage of the many resources available to you through our membership and community connections. Learn more about those here.
GSBA’s Commitment to You
Your scholarship will be renewed each year of your undergraduate career, barring any extraordinary circumstances, and on condition that the degree is completed within a reasonable amount of time.
- We will provide complimentary access to all GSBA networking events, including Prime Time mixers, Young Professionals with Pride (YPP) mixers, Women on Top mixers and business luncheons. We will also provide opportunities to attend our annual galas at a reduced cost or as a volunteer.
- We plan to invest in your leadership development throughout your time as a GSBA Scholar. Leadership programs are being developed on a continuous basis and will be offered at various times throughout the year.
- As part of a chamber of commerce, we want to connect you with resources in our community. We will make every effort to connect you with supportive people and organizations, especially those who can help further your professional development. We encourage you to reach out to us and provide feedback.
GSBA Scholars are required to sign the GSBA Scholarship Agreement.
GSBA Scholarship Requirements
Undergraduate Scholarship Applicants
- To receive a GSBA Scholarship, you must be a Washington State resident.* However, since GSBA shares an application with the Pride Foundation, those residing in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington are encouraged to apply. Both GSBA and Pride Scholars may study at any college or university out of state.
- Preference is given to students who are self-identified LGBTQ, members of LGBTQ families, or straight allies who have been supportive of the LGBTQ community. All applicants must be able to demonstrate a commitment to equality and human rights for all.
- Applicants must be pursuing post-secondary education. For applicants that have not received a GSBA Scholarship in the past, you must be working toward an undergraduate degree. For current or former GSBA Scholars, you may be working toward an undergraduate or graduate degree.
- Students should be enrolled in community colleges, four-year public or private colleges or universities, or vocational/technical/trade programs. Current college students and those individuals planning to enroll in a program next year are eligible as are current high school seniors. High school freshman, sophomores, or juniors are not eligible nor are individuals who are not planning to enroll in higher education next year.
*Applicants are considered a resident if they:
- Currently live in that state and have done so for at least three months prior to the application deadline; or
- Have lived in that state for at least one year at any time in the five years prior to the application deadline; or
- Have lived in that state for more than one year at any time and have been continuously enrolled in an accredited academic institution for the five years prior to the application deadline.
Graduate Scholarship Application Requirements
- Must have been a GSBA Scholar within the past (4) years
- Must have received a GSBA scholarship for at least (2) years
- Cumulative GPA of 3.3+ upon completion of undergraduate degree
- Must be earning a degree in alignment with GSBA mission