Sandhills PRIDE, a Pinehurst based nonprofit, is accepting applications for its third annual scholarship. A total of $10,000 will be awarded this year to four high school seniors seeking to further their education at a college or university.

Founded in 2013, Sandhills PRIDE is a 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit organization. The mission of Sandhills PRIDE is to unite, celebrate, support and serve the LGBTQ people, allies and its organizations by providing social engagement, advocacy, and leadership in the Sandhills Region of North Carolina.

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:
1. Be a graduating high school senior entering an institution of higher education in the fall;

2. Be a resident of Cumberland, Hoke, Harnett, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, or Scotland county;

3. Identify as a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or gender queer student or as a straight ally who has demonstrated advocacy for equality and support of the LGBTQ community;

4. Have been accepted by a 4-year college, a 1-2 year community college, or a vocational school for the upcoming academic year.

5. Submit an essay outlining his/her efforts to unite, celebrate, support and serve LGBTQ people and allies. Discuss either his/her life as an LGBTQ student or if a straight ally, involvement with and support of the LGBTQ community.

The complete list of eligibility requirements and an application form for the scholarship can be found at

Sandhills PRIDE funds the scholarships through direct gifts and fundraising events, including a yearly, matching fundraising goal.

Sandhills PRIDE is accepting tax-deductible donations through the organization’s website, or by mail: Sandhills PRIDE, P.O. Box 3473, Pinehurst, NC 28374. Inquiries regarding the scholarship should be directed to [email protected] or by contacting Board Chair, Chris Brady (910) 690-2525.

Feature photo: Sandhills PRIDE Scholarship Committee members Brandi Merrick (left), Loretta Aldridge (left) and Judy Winston (right) with 2017 scholarship winners Gabe Reynoso, Noah Ambrose, and Bryton-Jessie Lambert.

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