Scholarship Application Deadline: JULY 15, 2021

Scholarships are once again open for the 2021-2022 school year. This year GEAE will award up to three $1,000 scholarships to  applicants between the age of 17-25. Applicants must be residents of Erie County, Pennsylvania. This application is open to those who are seeking scholarship money to any university, community college, technical school, art school, or para-professional program. Applicants can be currently enrolled in their program. Any eligible candidate who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ+ community is invited to apply. Current board members, advisory members, and their families are not eligible for this scholarship.

The recipients will receive $1,000 made payable, and sent directly, to the educational institution indicated in their application.

Recipients will be chosen based on their application (see below for electronic application).  The scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who best demonstrates a commitment to make an impact on their community as a LGBTQ+ advocate. Though we ask for the applicant to submit their GPA, the GEAE Pride Scholarship is not purely an academic scholarship.


  1. 500 minimum word essay answering the following: Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure associated with being a part of the LGBTQI+ community. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? Essays will be judged on content as well as grammar and punctuation rules.
  2. Admission to an educational institution
  3. Letter or recommendation from a teacher, coach, employer, or mentor (not required)

The application deadline is July 15. GEAE will present the awards at our Afternoon for Equality event at the Erie Yacht Club on August 15. The recipients will be invited to receive their award at this event, but are not required to attend. All applicants will be notified by the first week of August.