Pfund Scholarship Program

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Amount
Awarded

$6,000

Awarded

Application Deadline

March 1

Friday
Awarded By:

Philanthrofund Foundation

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The number of awards provided varies annually based on the availability of funding. Last year, 21 scholarships were awarded.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender identified OR have a parent who is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.
  3. Must live or be planning to study in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin.
  4. Must enroll full or part time at a two- or four-year college, university or technical institution.
  5. Must demonstrate leadership qualities that bridge the gap and break down barriers between GLBT and straight communities.
  6. Must be a U.S. citizen.
  7. Must be a high school senior or older to apply for this undergraduate and/or graduate award. Please note that preference is given to graduating high school students for most scholarships.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This award is available for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who live in or are planning to study in Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, or Wisconsin. Students must demonstrate leadership qualities that bridge the gap and break down barriers between LGBTQ and straight communities.

Application requirements for the Pfund Scholarship Program are:

  • Application form
  • Essay (3)
  • Recommendation letters (2)
  • Confidentiality statement
Additional Information: The Philanthrofund Foundation annually awards scholarships to students who are lesbian/gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGTBQ) identified or from a LGTBQ family. PFund encourages applications from persons of diverse backgrounds, particularly those from traditionally underrepresented communities and demographic groups. The Pfund Scholarship is made up of the following two awards: the Howard Liebhaber Human Rights Award, which supports a student who demonstrates a commitment to alleviate oppression, works for social change and demonstrates financial need; and the Linde-Ostrander Leadership Award, which supports a LGTBQ student in college, graduate or medical school who demonstrates leadership qualities that bridge the gap and break down barriers between GLBT and straight communities. Each applicant will be judged on his/her affirmation of LGTBQ or allied identity; evidence of significant service and leadership; and evidence of serving, leading, and working for change in GLBT communities, including as a role model, mentor and/or adviser. *Please note that no applicant will be eliminated from consideration for lack of opportunities to participate in LGTBQ activities. PFund understands that some students come from areas where there is little or no LGTBQ community; this will be taken into account. The applicant cannot be a current PFund board member or partner of a current PFund board member.

Award Amount: $1,000 to $10,000 annually, non-renewable.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $6,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Friday, March 1

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Friday, March 1

Applications are available on the Philanthrofund Foundation (PFund) website. In addition to a completed application, the applicant must also submit the following: answers to the three essay questions listed on the application; an official, sealed transcript of his/her most recent educational enrollment; a signed confidentiality statement and press release; and two letters of recommendation. Graduate students, current and incoming students must submit one academic and one work/volunteer related letter. For high school students only, one of the letters may be from a friend or family member. All application materials must be submitted by the deadline date.
Contact: Kayva Yang
Address: Attn: Scholarship Committee 1409 Willow St., Suite 305 Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403

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