Equity Foundation is proud to host some of Oregon’s longest standing scholarships. Our scholarship program is supported by members of the LGBTQ and allied community who are committed to assisting students of all ages fund their education. Our scholarships support students with a variety of interests and backgrounds, such as activists working to advance LGBTQ rights, students majoring in fine arts and humanities, and LGBTQ adults who are have gone back to school.

To be eligible for most (but not all) of our scholarships, students must be:

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or the child of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender parent(s);
  • Students in Oregon and Southwest Washington; in need of financial assistance and able to provide clear financial need statements;
  • Be enrolled or intending to enroll in an accredited educational program beyond the secondary level which has an established non-discrimination policy that includes sexual orientation and gender identity;
  • Able to provide supporting evidence to prove they are capable of successfully completing a degree program.

Other points to consider:

  • Basic information to have ready for most scholarship applications include: transcripts, letters of recommendation, and a statement of financial need. Personal statements are also requested for all applications.
  • Scholarships have been previously awarded to students who have more than six months of experience as activists or who have otherwise demonstrated leadership within the LGBTQ community, have a GPA above 3.0, and have a clear financial need statement.

Please contact us or 503-231-5759 ext. 522 if you have questions.

Scholarships Currently Accepting Applications

The Bill and Ann Shepherd Legal Scholarship Fund

The Bill and Ann Shepherd Legal Scholarship provides financial assistance to third-year and fourth-year law students who wish to advance equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

Bill and Ann Shepherd began a legacy of justice in 1972. In 1976, Bill founded the Portland Town Council Legal Resource Committee, forerunner of the Oregon Gay and Lesbian Law Association (OGALLA). That same year, Ann was appointed to a two-year term on then Gov. Straub’s Task Force on Sexual Preference. In 1977, with Chuck and Rita Knapp, they co-founded Parents of Gays, which later affiliated with the international organization Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, PFLAG.

Until his death in 1995, Bill Shepherd provided low cost legal counsel to same sex couples who wanted to ensure their partners optimal decision making and inheritance rights. Ann Shepherd “mothered” countless gays and lesbians rejected by their families and churches, and worked with confused parents to heal the wounds caused by misinformation and judgmental attitudes. Ann and Bill fought every anti-gay ballot measure and candidate that crossed their path, and in 1985, the Shepherds received the first of many prestigious awards from the community, the Lucille Hart Award from the Right-to-Privacy PAC.

The Bill and Ann Shepherd Legal Scholarship was founded by the late Jeff Rose, Mr. Portland Leather 1993, and Susie Shepherd, International Ms. Leather 1989. Shepherd Scholars, as befits their namesake, are committed to continue bearing the torch of equal rights.

Applications must be received by March 16, 2015 for the 2015-2015 academic year.

 Shepherd Legal Scholarship 2015 Application.

ADX Make it! FUNd Scholarship

ADX and Portland Made have teamed up to create the Make it! FUNd, a scholarship fund that provides Portlanders access to ADX classes and workforce training program. Students learn new skills that provide them economic opportunities in the design and manufacturing sectors. ADX workforce training programs offer several options for individuals and student groups looking to enhance their curriculum with a practical, hands-on experience. Students will learn basic problem solving while practicing fabrication skills and using a variety of tools and materials. From digital design and electronics to fabrication and manufacturing, students learn the skills that are needed to get a family wage job.

In addition to Equity’s residency and financial need requirements, applicants must 1) Self-identify as a student that traditional schooling is not working for currently;  2) Currently participate with organizations that serve at risk youth (Impact Northwest, WSI, etc.); 3) Demonstrate a strong desire to explore working in the design, fabrication, and manufacturing sectors. Applicants for this scholarship do not need to identify as LGBTQ to be eligible.

Please check back shortly for information on how to apply.

Scholarships for 2015-2016 Term

Our 2015-2016 Scholarship Application will be released shortly. Please check back soon for information on applying for the 2015-2016 school year.

David M. Crawford Memorial Scholarship

The David M. Crawford Memorial Scholarship at Equity Foundation was created in 2012 by Scott Mason, David’s partner of 30 years. Scott established the scholarship with a gift of $200,000 to honor David’s work in the community, his dedication to LGBT causes and to PSU.  In establishing the fund, Mason said, “David had been an adjunct faculty member at PSU’s School of Business and would be proud to be helping others meet their goals.”

The scholarship is intended for Portland State University students actively involved in advancing LGBT rights.

Gregori Jakovina Endowment Scholarship and Larry McDonald Scholarship

The Gregori Jakovina Endowment Scholarship and the Larry McDonald Scholarship funds were founded in May 2007 by Gregori Jakovina and Larry McDonald to encourage and facilitate post-secondary education in the arts for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT).

The Gregori Jakovina Endowment Scholarship is for students majoring in the arts who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and/or children of LGBT parents enrolled in post-secondary education. Students shall be residents of Oregon or Clark County, Washington.

The Larry McDonald Scholarship is intended for adults in mid-life who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender who seek to make a significant change in their lives or vocations by majoring in the arts and/or humanities, which includes ancient and modern languages, literature, history, philosophy, religion, fine arts, and visual and performing arts such as music and theatre.

Jessica Dolin Memorial Scholarship

Leigh and Leslie Dolin established the Jessica Dolin Memorial Scholarship in 2013 to honor their daughter Jessica who passed away May 14, 2003.  The scholarship is intended for residents of Oregon or Clark County, WA who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender student or a student actively involved in an LGBT rights organization.

The Jim McBroom and John H. Weston Scholarship Fund

The Jim McBroom and John H. Weston Scholarship was created in 2010 through a bequest from Jim McBroom.  The scholarship is funded by the Jim McBroom and John H. Weston Charitable Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation.  The scholarship is intended for gay and lesbian students in or from Oregon who are attending four year colleges, preferably but not exclusively for those studying fine arts and humanities.

Portland General Electric Scholarship

The Portland General Electric (PGE) Scholarship will offer a two-thousand dollar scholarship to one student who is LGBTQ or is the child of LGBTQ parents, who resides in PGE’s service area, and needs financial assistance to attain their post-secondary educational goals. Preference will be placed on first generation students and students majoring in mathematics, engineering, and related sciences, or business, economics, finance, and other disciplines that align with PGE’s business focus.

Portland Latino Gay Pride Scholarship

Established in 2012 by the Board of Directors of Portland Latino Gay Pride, this scholarship offers funds to students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (LBGT), or are the children of LGBT parents, who reside in Oregon or Clark County Washington, and need financial assistance to attain their post-secondary educational goals with preference placed on Latino/a candidates.

The Pride of the Rose Scholarship Fund

The Pride of the Rose Scholarship, founded in 1979 by Rose Emperor 5 Frank Schreckenberger and Rose Empress 21 Allison Grey (Curtis Meyers) of the Imperial Sovereign Rose Court, is administered through Equity Foundation.  Leadership of the Pride of the Rose consists of Frank, Curtis, Dwayne Witzel and Scot Bishop-Walker.  Dwayne and Scot joined the leadership effort in 2004 as a part of the organizations recognition of doing succession planning.  Scholarships are available to members of the LGBT communities and their children who reside in the Portland Quad-County area or Clark County Washington.  Applicants must be pursuing their education beyond the secondary level and must be in demonstrated need of financial assistance to attain their educational goals.

The Pride of the Rose Scholarship celebrated its 35th anniversary in September 2013 with the granting of $20,000 in scholarships to 8 individuals.  With these scholarships awarded, the total given to over 268 individuals during the past 35 years now exceeds $435,000.

Scholarship applications are due July 31st of each year for the upcoming academic year.  The Pride of the Rose Scholarship Committee meets in August of each year to review applications and make scholarship decisions, which are then passed along to the Equity Foundation Board of Directors for formal approval.