The GSBA Scholarship Fund

The GSBA Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to LGBTQ and allied students who exhibit leadership potential, demonstrate strong academic abilities, and are actively involved in school and community organizations. Founded in 1991, the GSBA Scholarship Fund has awarded over 700 scholarships totaling over $4 million.


To invest in the education of a diverse group of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and allied students who have the capacity and vision to be the next generation of leaders working to create a better world for all.


Diverse leaders who have the vision, compassion and capability to solve global issues and secure human rights for all.

The GSBA Guarantee

The Guarantee is our commitment to the ongoing funding of our undergraduate scholars. Every scholar who has met certain criteria is eligible for up to four years of undergraduate scholarship funding. This commitment to our scholars’ success and eventual graduation helps support our future leaders in a way that few programs are able to do. We ask our donors to consider also making ongoing commitments to help sustain the continuing support that is so vital to the success of our mission.

GSBA Blog Scholarship Fund Posts

Scholar Stories: Meet Three-Year Scholar Elmer Coria

by GSBA Staff
| May 01, 2020

P1188151In this time of economic uncertainty, the GSBA Scholarship Fund is redoubling our efforts to stay connected with scholars, learn more about how they are doing, and find new and creative ways to support them. In 2016, the GSBA Scholarship Fund formally adopted a new policy, which we called the GSBA Guarantee. This Guarantee ensures that every scholar who is making steady progress toward degree completion is eligible for up to four years of undergraduate scholarship funding. As an added benefit, this Guarantee has allowed GSBA to foster and maintain deeper relationships with each of our scholars over the course of multiple years.

One such multi-year scholar who we have had the pleasure of supporting is Elmer Coria. Elmer came of age in Mexico City and presently resides in Tacoma, Washington, where he attends Pacific Lutheran University, pursuing undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Hispanic Studies. He yearns to address LGBTQ issues of immigration, social justice, and discrimination by creating optimized support networks and spheres of influence. Elmer’s longstanding goal is to elevate the voice of LGBTQ immigrant and refugee communities in regional chambers of commerce via economic, legislative, and community-based initiatives.

For the past three years, we have come to know Elmer as a global-minded, infinite learner who firmly believes in building communities and economies through integrity, teamwork, and global vision. Elmer will be graduating from Pacific Lutheran University in May and is currently studying to take his CPA exams before starting full-time employment with PwC in the fall. We could not be more proud of Elmer and are so excited to continue witnessing all of the good that he brings to the world. Click here to watch Elmer speak on how the GSBA Scholarship Fund has impacted his life.

GSBA will be sharing more Scholar Stories in the coming months so stay tuned! And don’t forget to join us on Wednesday, May 27th at 6 PM for our Virtual Scholars Celebration to honor our graduates, celebrate our returning scholars, and welcome our 35 newly selected scholars.