What better way to educate the next generation and pay it forward than with a scholarship?
Pride of Somerset County Opens First Scholarship Applications
Organizers of the Pride of Somerset County LGBTQ+ Support Group now are launching a scholarship fund, which may be the first scholarship award in Somerset County designed specifically to support local students pursuing education in gender studies, LGBTQ-related affairs or practices, or behavioral health.
The new Pride of Somerset County Scholarship will award $1,000 this year to a graduating senior in Somerset County. Applicants will be asked to pen an essay about what Pride means to them and how they will use their education to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals. Applications are now open, and students can find a link to apply at cfalleghenies.org/scholarships.
Pride of Somerset County Founder and President Alexis Zinovenko said group members had been discussing ways they could further fulfill their mission when they decided to pursue the possibility of providing scholarships. Since late 2019, they have been holding regular meetings, open to LGBTQ+ individuals and allies. Earlier this year, they organized the Inaugural Somerset County Pride Picnic in Somerset Borough.
“When we formed Pride of Somerset as a support group, it was meant to nurture, inform, and educate, in that order,” she said. “This is helping with education. What better way to educate the next generation and pay it forward than with a scholarship?”
The scholarships will be funded by all the donors who have supported the Pride of Somerset County Fund, through gifts or by participation in fundraisers.
The Pride of Somerset County Fund and new scholarship fund are administered through Community Foundation for the Alleghenies. To make a donation, visit cfalleghenies.org, select the “Give Now” option and search for Pride of Somerset County. Organizers also share information at the group’s “Pride of Somerset County” Facebook page.