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The eQuality Scholarship Collaborative awards scholarships to honor and encourage California students for their service to the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender community.
Scholarships may be used for post-secondary education at accredited institutions - colleges, universities, and trade schools. Some of the scholarships are specifically for nursing or medical school.
In 2012, we awarded $5,000 scholarships to 15 graduating high school seniors, a $5,000 scholarship to a nursing student, and a $2,000 scholarship to a medical student. We expect to award a similar number of scholarships in 2013.
Who?In general, eligible students fall into one of these categories:
For complete eligibility requirements, see the Apply page.
About eQuality Scholarship Collaborative
The Collaborative is the joint effort of a group of individuals and organizations based in the San Francisco Bay Area (see list at left). It began in 1989 as a scholarship program by Pacific Gas and Electric Company's lesbian and gay employee group, now PG&E PrideNetwork. The following year, the Bay Area Network of Gay and Lesbian Educators joined the effort. Additional members have joined the Collaborative over the years, and more are always welcome.
Over the past 20+ years, the Collaborative has awarded over 200 scholarships totaling more than $535,000.
The Collaborative is a volunteer-led effort, keeping administrative costs low. We are a fiscally sponsored project of Gay-Straight Alliance Network.
"I just started my first day of college today, and I have my first Diversity (GSA) meeting on Friday. College is really expensive, and I was thinking how hard this would have been if I hadn't received the scholarship. I just want to thank everybody again for making this happen for me. I am so grateful for what you have given me. I wouldn't be where I am emotionally and educationally without you and everybody else."
2009 eQuality Scholar