About the Scholarship

About the Scholarship

The Scholarship was founded in the year 2001 by Doug Morgenson to honor his friend Bill Bendiner. It was established to support students who are pursuing a career in human services, health sciences, or visual arts. 


Application Process

  • All application should be submitted online.

  • Applicants applying to study visual arts, design, or music are required to submit two samples for their work. Picture sample can be in the format: GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIF, TIFF, PDF, OR DOC, and music must be MP3 or MP4 format and Video must be in MOV or AVI files.

  • Applicants must be high school seniors or college or graduate students from any community college, four-year public or private college or university, technical or certificate program.

  • Applicants should be from the LGBTQ community or within their field of study and demonstrate financial need.

  • Students with additional barriers to education as well as those who are economically, racially, socially, geographically backwards will be given consideration as well.


Scholarship amount and deadline

The scholarship holds an average monetary value per recipient last year was $4,160. The award amount varies for applicants and is determined by the Pride Foundation where a minimum of $500 to a maximum of $12,000 is offered to students.

Students are required to submit their information through online forms available on the website on or before Friday, January 10, 2020. For more information about how to apply for the scholarship, students are requested to go through the official website of the scholarship.


Eligibility Criteria

  • The scholarship award amount is only for US students.

  • The applicants must be a high school senior, undergraduate, or graduate student at the time of application.

  • Only those students can apply for the scholarship who resides in one of these counties such as Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana or Alaska.

  • Only those students can apply for the scholarship who is majoring in Health Science.

  • Students applying for the scholarship must be identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender; member of LGBTQ families; or allies who have been strongly supportive of the LGBTQ community.


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