ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Pride St. Louis continues its longstanding support of continuing education within the St. Louis LGBTQIA+ community and throughout the state of Missouri. Pride St. Louis became the fiscal sponsor of Missouri Courage Scholarship and partnered with The Show Me Bears to raise and pledge $21,000 in scholarship awards this year. This is the largest amount raised for scholarships in the history of Pride St. Louis.

The Pride St. Louis Scholarship is awarded annually to St. Louis area LGBTQIA students, students/children of an LGBTQIA+ parent, or student allies of the LGBTQIA+ community. The scholarship aims to provide financial assistance to attend a post-secondary undergraduate institution, college, university, community college, or a technical/vocational school. International and graduate students are also eligible. There is no maximum age limitation.

The Missouri Courage Scholarship acknowledges, affirms, and rewards the courage of graduating seniors who have demonstrated their willingness to work for change in their community to advance the lives of LGBTQIA+ people and other groups who have historically faced discrimination. MO Courage Scholarship has three (3) award categories:

The Missouri Courage Award (MCA): awarded to a Missouri student.
The Trans Courage Award (TCA): awarded a Missouri student who identifies as transgender.
The Rural Courage Award (RCA): awarded to a student residing in Dent County, Missouri.
The Show Me Bear Scholarship is awarded to a male over the age of twenty-one (21) that has shown significant support to his community through community building, outreach and support.

Pride St. Louis, the Missouri Courage Scholarship, and Show Me Bears set a record for the most number of scholarship applications, with one-hundred and twelve (112). Leon A. Braxton, Jr., The Pride St. Louis Director of Diversity and Inclusion and the Chair of the Scholarship Committee Chair, states, “I am so overwhelmed with joy by the number of applications received and cannot wait to read their wonderful essays and award some much deserved scholarships. It’s time for empowerment through education!” The three organizations had a difficult time choosing top winners, therefore 19 separate scholarships in amounts up to $1500 were awarded, totaling $21,000. On Sunday, June 26th, the scholarship winners will be marching in the Mallinckrodt Pharmaceutical Pride Parade and will be presented with ceremonial checks on The Bud Light Main Stage.



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