When is the application due?
Applications for all scholarships, excluding the Bill & Ann Shepherd Legal Scholarship, the ADX Make it Fund Scholarship, and the Pride of the Rose Scholarship, are due June 19, 2015.
I don’t see the Bill & Ann Shepherd Legal Scholarship or the ADX Scholarship. How do I apply for those scholarships?
Those scholarships have a separate application process. The deadline for the Bill & Ann Legal Scholarship has passed for the 2015-2016 school year. We are not yet accepting applications for the ADX Scholarship – check out website for updates.
How will I know if you’ve received my application?
You will receive an email or phone call from Equity Foundation confirming that we have received your application.
How many of your scholarships can I apply for?
You can apply for all of the scholarships for which you are eligible.
Can I receive more than one scholarship?
Yes. Separate committees review the applications for each fund and select recipients. There is no limit on the number of scholarships or the amount of scholarship funding you can receive.
If I am selected to receive a scholarship, how much will I be awarded?
The amount varies. The average award for the 2014-2015 school year was about $2,500. The most a single student received was $10,500.
What are my chances of receiving a scholarship?
In 2014, just under half of the individuals who applied received an award.
When will I find out if I’ve received a scholarship?
For scholarships due in June, we will notify winners in July and August.
Is my application information confidential?
Yes. Only Equity Foundation staff and the committee of reviewers will see your application. All of our staff and reviewers are required to sign confidentiality agreements. Your application materials will only be shared if you indicate on your application form that we have your permission to use your name and application in promoting our scholarship program.
What makes a strong applicant?
Our reviewers select recipients who 1) are in need of financial assistance to complete their program; 2) demonstrate capability to successfully complete a degree program; and 3) demonstrate leadership within the LGBTQ community.
What do you mean by leadership?
Leadership is demonstrated by involvement in an organization or project, positive community impact, and/or future plans to be involved in and advance LGBTQ issues in your chosen career.
What do you mean by residency?
To be a considered a resident, you must have lived within Oregon or SW Washington for at least one year prior to submitting your application. If you’re currently attending school out of state, you are still eligible as long as you lived in Oregon or SW Washington for at least a year immediately prior to your current post-secondary education.
Remember to check the residency requirements for specific scholarships funds.
What kinds of degree programs are eligible?
Any accredited educational program beyond the secondary level, including community college, college, university, technical and vocational school, and art school. Your program must have an established non-discrimination policy that includes sexual orientation and gender identity.
What if I have a GED instead of a high school diploma?
You are eligible to apply if you hold a high school diploma or a GED.
Do I have to be a U.S. citizen?
No, you do not have to be a U.S. citizen to apply. We do not require a social security number or any other documentation of citizenship.
Can I apply if I want to go to a school outside of Oregon or the United States?
Yes, as long as you meet other eligibility requirements of the scholarship funds, you may attend school outside of Oregon or the United States.
Is there an age requirement?
With the exception of the Larry McDonald Scholarship Fund, there is no age requirement. There is no specific age range for the Larry McDonald Scholarship Fund – the requirement is that you identify as a mid-life adult.
What does it mean if a requirement is preferred?
It indicates that the funder of the scholarship would prefer that recipients meet a certain eligibility criteria, but it is not required. You do not need to meet preferred criteria to be eligible for a scholarship.
If I’ve applied before, can I apply again? What if I’ve received an Equity scholarship in the past?
Yes, you can apply again, even if you have previously received an Equity Foundation scholarship. There are no limitations on how many times or how often you can apply.
Selection and Distribution of Awards
How are scholarship recipients selected?
A scholarship committee composed of members designated by Equity Foundation and/or the founders of the scholarship fund will review the applications and select recipients.
Will I need to interview with the committee?
Interviews are not typically part of our selection process. If the committee deems it necessary, personal individuals can be arranged – though it is rare.
How can my scholarship award be used?
We send your scholarship funding directly to your school and ask your school to apply the funds to your tuition and fees for that school year. We do not send funding directly to award recipients.
How long can I use the scholarship money?
We ask your school to apply the funds for the 2015-2016 school year.
What if I need to delay my schooling or must leave school?
If you delay your schooling or need to leave school, we evaluate on a case by case basis how to proceed with your scholarship funds.
What if I’m not accepted to a school yet or haven’t decided where to attend?
We will hold your scholarship funding until to notify us of your official enrollment in an educational program. If you select a program that does not meet our eligibility requirements or do not end up enrolling for the 2015-2016 school year, you cannot receive funding.
What if I have more questions?
Contact Dani Bernstein, Programs and Office Administrator, at (503) 231-5759 x522 or firstname.lastname@example.org.