HEARTLAND PRIDE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The Program

The Heartland Pride Scholarship Program was established in 2012. The mission of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to individuals who identify as LGBTQ+/Queer/Gender Nonconforming/Transgender who are enrolled for study in community colleges, universities, and/or certification from a trade school.

This year’s applications are due by 11:59 PM on June 1, 2021. Submit your application today!

Scholarships Currently Offered

These Heartland Pride scholarships are provided thanks to the generous support of individuals and corporate sponsors who understand the power of education to create a brighter future.

Brad Fugeli Scholarship — $1,500 Award

This scholarship is awarded to individuals who are 17 to 24 and identify as LGBTQ+ or as an ally to the LGBTQ+ community.

Marsha P. Johnson Scholarship — $1,500 Award

This scholarship is awarded to individuals who are over the age of 24 and identify as LGBTQ+ or as an ally to the LGBTQ+ community.

Dino Andrande Scholarship — $1,500 Award

This scholarship is awarded to individuals with disabilities, as defined by Nebraska Rule 51, seeking higher education to pursue academic goals.

Eli Rigatuso Scholarship — $1,500 Award

This scholarship is awarded to individuals who live at the intersection of LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities.

Eligibility

To be eligible to receive a Heartland Pride Scholarship, an individual:

  • Must have permanent residence status in Nebraska or Council Bluffs area.
  • Must have completed all requirements to attend secondary education/trade school.
  • Must be accepted as a full-time student at a college, university, or trade school program for the upcoming academic year.
  • Must complete and submit a scholarship application by the deadline (11:59 PM on June 1, 2021). This includes a 250-word essay or 3-minute video on “How the Heartland Pride Scholarship will impact my education.”

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected based on academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, unusual personal or family circumstances, and submitted essay.

All information received from applicants is considered confidential and is reviewed only by the Heartland Pride Scholarship Selection Committee. While the scholarships are not renewable, students may reapply each year they meet the eligibility requirements.

Selection of recipients is made by the Heartland Pride Scholarship Selection Committee. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

Scholarship recipients will be notified by phone or mail in July 2021. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.