Pride Center Scholarship Fund

The New Haven Pride Center is proud to offer multiple scholarship opportunities to foster the next generation of LGBTQ+ leaders in Connecticut and beyond.

Originally established as a single scholarship in 2011, the Center’s scholarship funds have grown vastly over the past decade to include additional awards and scholarships intended to support special areas of studies and inequity for minorities within the larger LGBTQ+ community.

If you have any questions please contact Juancarlos Soto, Director of Case Management and Support services, and Ala Ochumare, LGBTQ+ Youth Program Officer, at jcsoto@newhavenpridecenter.org and youth@newhavenpridecenter.org.

Deadline:

June 15, 2020

Guidelines: 

  • Applicants must identify as LGBTQ+
  • Applicants must be residents of the State of Connecticut or be enrolled in an accredited vocational, undergraduate or graduate program in Connecticut leading to a degree, certificate, license, or diploma in their field for the 2020-21 academic year.
  • High School applicants must have earned a minimum cumulative average of a C+ in all prior college level coursework.

Application:

  • Completed Application Form  (link opens on April 1, 2020)
  • Written Statement of Intent / Essay
  • Academic Transcript
  • Copy of FAFSA paperwork (for needs-based scholarship only)

Submission:

Please submit all of your materials through the online application form. If you need to mail any of your materials please send to :

New Haven Pride Center Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 8914, New Haven, Connecticut 06532

Scholarships in a Nutshell

David Knapp Scholarship

Award : $500

Rosa Nilvo O’Connell Memorial Scholarship

Award : $1,000

Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood Scholarship

Award : $1,000

Imperial Sovereign Court of All Connecticut Memorial Scholarship Fund

Award : $2,500

The New Haven Pride Center Scholarship Funds

David Knapp.

David Knapp Scholarship

Award Amount: $500

Number of Available Scholarships: Three

Scholarship Qualifications: One for a high school senior, college freshman or sophomore, or returning student; one for college junior, senior, or a college student preparing for graduate studies; and one for either a high school senior, college freshman or sophomore or a college student preparing for graduate studies that is looking for need-based support.

This scholarship is named in honor of David Knapp, a longtime friend and supporter of the Center, and past Dorothy Award honoree. David’s amazing list of accomplishments include: starting Connecticut chapters of GLSEN (the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network) and PFLAG (Parents & Friends of Lesbians and Gays); leading his church, the First Church of Christ of Guilford, in its efforts to become an open and affirming organization; and remaining at the forefront of the charge to get the Boy Scouts of America to change its archaic policy on homosexuality.

Rosa O'Connell with son and Center Board Member Joshua O'Connell at the Dorothy Awards. Photo by Megan McGory Gleason.

Rosa Nilvo O’Connell Memorial Scholarship

Award Amount: $1,000

Number of Available Scholarships: One

Scholarship Qualifications: One scholarship intended for someone pursuing a medical degree and/or studying within the medical field. Medical field is broad and those attending trade schools, community colleges, and/or other pre-med training should are encouraged to apply.

The Rosa Nilvo O’Connell Memorial Scholarship was created in January, 2016 by the family of Rosa in her honor after her passing in late 2015. Rosa is the mother of longtime Center board member and former co-president Joshua O’Connell. In her lifetime Rosa was heavily involved in volunteerism, and believed in supporting youth and the LGBT community. The scholarship aims to continue her work and legacy via an annual award. In recognition of her more than quarter century as a nurse, those pursuing a medical degree will be considered for the Rosa Nilvo O’Connell Memorial Scholarship.

Transgender High School Athletes Andraya Yearwood and Terry Miller

Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood Scholarship

Award Amount: $1,000

Number of Available Scholarships: One

Scholarship Qualifications: One scholarship intended for a transgender/intersex high school senior, college freshman or sophomore, or returning student.

This scholarship was established in 2020 in partnership with a group of transgender activists from Connecticut in direct response to the transphobic attacks on two high school transgender athletes. This scholarship, which has been established in their name, aims to support transgender high school and college students bridge the gap of inequality that they face based only on their gender identity.

Imperial Sovereign Court of All Connecticut Memorial Scholarship

Award Amount: $2,500

Number of Available Scholarships: One

Scholarship Qualifications:One scholarship intended for high school senior, college freshman or sophomore, or returning student.

This scholarship established by the Imperial Sovereign Court of All Connecticut (ISCofAllCT), is meant to support the future leaders of the LGBTQ+ community. The ISCofAllCT is a Connecticut based nonprofit organization whose members raise money throughout the year for different nonprofit organizations though events on online fundraising. Collectively they have given away more than $500,000 over the past 20 years, with most of those funds supporting LGBTQ+ organizations and causes including the New Haven Pride Center. During their 20th year of fundraising in 2019, the ISCofAllCT raised significant funds to establish this new Memorial Scholarship Fund that is in the memory of deceased members and community leaders.

Support the New Haven Pride Center’s Scholarship Funds

With support from the community, the New Haven Pride Center has been able to grow our scholarship funds dramatically over the past nine years. This includes our management of the Imperial Sovereign Court of All Connecticut Memorial Scholarship which will be offered for the first time in 2020.

With the communities continued support, we are able to offer these scholarships year after year. While these scholarships might be seen as relatively small in the ever increasing cost of higher education, sometimes a scholarship that helps students buy books or pay for a meal plan can make all the difference in the world. A portion of the funds raised at the annual Dorothy Awards event support the Center’s scholarship funds as well as individual contributions and fundraisers throughout the year.

There are two ways you can help contribute to the Scholarship Fund : 

1. Donate to the existing Scholarship Funds.

A contribution of an amount helps maintain and advance availability of scholarship funds, helping us support the future LGBTQ+ leaders of tomorrow. The New Haven Pride Center (NHPC) funds include the David Knapp Scholarship, the Rosa Nilvo O’Connell Memorial Scholarship, and the Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood Scholarship. The ISCofAllCT Fund is the Imperial Sovereign Court of All Connecticut Memorial Scholarship.

2. Start a NEW Scholarship Fund

The Center is committed to creating different opportunities for LGBTQ+ students. A Center Scholarship Fund is a great way for you to support the future of the LGBTQ+ community or to remember or honor a loved one. To create a named scholarship fund we ask you to make a minimum of a one-time contribution or a multi-year pledge of $10,000. To start the conversation about establishing a new fund please contact the Center’s Executive Director Patrick J Dunn at pdunn@newhavenpridecenter.org or 203.387.2252.