Do I have to be a US citizen to apply?
No, GSBA doesn’t check citizenship status when reviewing applications.
Is there an age requirement?
There’s no age requirement or limitation.
What can I use my scholarship for?
You can apply your scholarship towards any educational expense that can be billed through your school: tuition, student fees, on-campus room & board, study abroad programs, books. Funds are sent directly to your school and credited to your student account. Funds cannot be sent directly to students.
How strict is the due date?
To be fair to applicants, we are very strict on the due date. We cannot accept late applications or materials under any circumstances. GSBA isn’t responsible for hardware malfunctions, bad internet connections, or other conditions which might prevent applicants submitting from an application on time.
I want to go to school outside of Washington. Can I still apply?
Yes, as long as the school is an accredited educational institution and you meet our residency requirements, you can attend school anywhere.
How much is the average award amount?
Awards range from $3,000 to $7,500, depending on the certificate or degree you are pursuing.
I have a disability and need assistance in completing this application.
Accommodations are available! Please contact Pride Foundation, our application partner – email or call 206-323-3318 or 800-735-7287.
Am I expected to write my application in English?
Arrangements outside of English are available! Please contact Pride Foundation – email or call 206-323-3318 or 800-735-7287.
I haven't been to school in several years. My transcript isn't electronic.
A scanned copy of your transcript works great! Students with narrative transcripts should only include the latest document.
Why are my essays cut off? I pasted more text than that into the application?
Each essay has a maximum character length of 3,000. The application will not accept characters over that limit, even if pasted from another source.
Do I have to finish it now, or can I come back to edit?
You may return to your application as many times as you like BEFORE the application deadline, the FIRST Friday in January. To be able to edit, you do need to leave the application in “draft form.” If you want to edit your application before deadline, and have already submitted your application, you do need to contact Pride Foundation via email or call 206-323-3318 -or- 800-735-7287, or Stacy at GSBA via email.
Why won't my application submit?
Any errors will be flagged in red when you go to submit. Correct the error(s) and re-submit. A confirmation text screen will appear and an email notification with additional information will be sent immediately upon successful submission of the application.
Did my application go through?
If your confirmation email does not arrive, check your junk-mail folder for the misplaced email. If necessary, make sure that you completed the submission steps. A final review of your application must be accepted by you before the submission is final. If neither option above corrects the problem, contact us to confirm your submission.
If I have questions, where do I go?
Our scholarship application is now OPEN for the 2024-2025 school year.
The GSBA Scholarship Fund and Pride Foundation scholarship applications open every year on October 11 (Coming Out Day) and close on the FIRST Friday of January.